Oculus VR may only have one virtual reality (VR) product on the market so far in the Gear VR mobile-based head-mounted display (HMD), but the company is already building an ecosystem akin to PlayStation and its range of consoles and portables. That is to say that both the Gear VR – made in partnership with Samsung – and the long-anticipated Oculus Rift will be a part of the same ecosystem that will, according to creator Palmer Luckey, power the majority of the VR marketplace at some point in the future.
Luckey recently made a series of comments on Twitter about the company’s long-term plans and how that involves much more than just releasing content for the Oculus Rift. “Only on Oculus” does not mean “Only on Rift”,” he explained. “Our platform and store already support both the Rift and Samsung’s GearVR.
“We have to focus on launching the Rift right now, but Oculus will eventually power the majority of the VR marketplace,” he added. When asked if this meant the Oculus Rift would be compatible with other marketplaces outside of Oculus VR’s own solutions, the creator simply replied: “Yep!”
As an example, Oculus VR introduced the Oculus Platform back at its Oculus Connect developer conference in September. It presented a long list of features such as user profiles, matchmaking and achievements that would be making their way to both the Oculus Rift and Gear VR in the future. Meanwhile, aspects such as the Oculus Concept store, a unique marketplace for experimental VR experiences and early access releases, is already on Gear VR and will debut with the launch of the Oculus Rift on PC.
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