Back at the Oculus Connect 2 developer conference in September 2015 Oculus VR announced a new initiative known as Oculus Concepts. Designed to keep the ‘spirit’ of the Oculus Share software portal, this new system essentially allows developers to release experimental videogames and apps as well as provide early access to projects that are still in the works. Oculus Concepts was confirmed for other the Oculus Rift and Gear VR head-mounted displays (HMDs) and has today launched for the latter.
It takes the form of a new part of the Oculus Store from which Gear VR owners and purchase and download content. It appears and some videogames, demos and experiences that were previously available for the Innovator Editions of the Gear VR have now been moved over to this new section. This includes the likes of Mobile VR Jam winner The Night Café, Evil Robot Traffic Jam, Look Both Ways and InMind.
Furthermore, a new addition to Gear VR’s submissions guidelines has added in details for brining content to Oculus Concepts. The launch of course coincides with the arrival of the consumer version of the Gear VR itself in the US today. The kit is available for $99 USD and works with partnership Samsung’s range of 2015 phones. That includes the Galaxy S6, S6 edge, S6 edge plus and Galaxy Note 5. You can also expected the Oculus Rift version of the store to go live when the HMD finally launches in Q1 2016.
Oculus Concepts is part of the Oculus Platform, which consists of a number of other systems that will eventually provide players with accounts, achievements and matchmaking services for multiplayer titles, though it’s not clear when these other features will be going live. Again, these features will be cross-platform between Gear VR and Oculus Rift.
VRFocus will continue to follow Oculus VR and all of its initiatives closely, reporting back with the latest updates on them.