Oculus Share: One-Stop Shopping for VR Games
Unveiled today in a post on the official Oculus VR blog, Oculus Share (beta) is “…a new platform that lets you self-publish, discover, download, and play the best VR games and experiences out there.”
Up until the announcement of Share, finding software for the Oculus Rift was a bit of a mixed bag. While larger developers like Valve Software have been supporting the Rift in titles like Team Fortress 2 for some time now, most of the action is happening on a smaller, indie level. YouTube is always a good resource for finding interesting and promising new VR content, but Share allows every developer, no matter the size, to properly show off their wares.
From the blog post:
Oculus Share (or simply, Share) is the first of many steps we’re taking to build the best virtual reality platform. With Share, you can host Oculus-ready games and experiences that you’ve created, browse and download content from other developers, rate experiences on quality and VR comfort level, provide feedback to devs on what you enjoyed (and what you didn’t), and tip fellow developers for their work in cash, should you feel so inclined.
Experimentation, iteration, and actual playtesting are at the heart of pushing virtual reality forward. One of the main goals in building Share was to help developers on all these fronts by creating a centralized community portal for Oculus content. And while it’s simply a sharing service today, over the coming months we’ll work toward making Share an incredible marketplace for Oculus-ready games, experiences, and applications.
So this isn’t just a showcase, as there seems to be a rough monetization system in place as well. “Tipping” developers seems like a solid first step at enticing devs to bring their software to Share.
With the number of developer kits already out in the wild, and the retail unit probably coming in 2014, Share is the next big piece of the puzzle. My not-terribly-bold prediction? Once the Oculus Rift hits retail, Share will be the de-facto app store for VR content, with some overlap coming from Steam. This budding developer community could soon be the next big web-based video game distribution platform.
Oculus Share seems to be down for maintenance at the moment, but poke your head in and say hello once the site is back up.