The virtual reality (VR) industry is growing at an alarming rate. Ever since Oculus VR shipped the first development kit for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) nearly 3 years ago, the number of developers working on the device has increased so quickly that it’s been almost impossible to keep up. This week at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in Hollywood, California, the VR specialist confirmed that there are now ‘hundreds’ of videogames in the works for the Oculus Rift, and over ‘200,000’ registered developers.
Oculus VR VP of Product Nate Mitchell confirmed as much during his section in the Oculus Keynote. “There are now hundreds of games and experiences being developed for Rift,” he explained. “And we recently crossed the 200,000 registered developer mark on the Oculus Developer Center. That’s pretty incredible. We have been so impressed with so many of the games that you guys are bring to Rift next year.” Mitchell then introduced the sizzle reel of upcoming Oculus Rift titles that VRFocus shared yesterday.
Valve, the company behind the SteamVR system that works with the HTC Vive HMD, has also recently stated that it’s working with over 1,000 developers making content for its own kit. Some of these developers will also be working on the PlayStation VR HMD for the PlayStation 4, while the kit’s creator Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) will have locked down its own developers working on exclusive content. All told, then, there are plenty of VR developers working on one content for upcoming HMDs. And with each set for a consumer launch in 2016, next year is sure to be a big payoff for fans that have been waiting patiently for the past 3 years.
VRFocus will continue to follow each and every VR compatible experience, reporting back with the latest updates on them.