Oculus shows developers how it’s making the app store for VR 

The Oculus Rift headset goes on sale in one week, and the virtual reality company is working to ensure it’ll have plenty of content ready to go when people plug in their Rifts for the first time.To help developers distribute games, Oculus VR operates the Oculus Share store, and the Facebook subsidiary held a panel at the Game Developers Conference last week to help studios understand what it’s like releasing a game for Rift or even the Samsung Gear VR. Oculus has clearly thought through a beginning-to-end process that will facilitate studios as the begin development and through to when their product is live. And for good reason: Oculus will get a cut of any game sold through the Share store. In a market that could generate $30 billion by 2020, according to tech adviser Digi-Capital, those revenues could stack up quickly.During the presentation, Oculus engineer Joe Paley detailed how developers can share early builds, can sell their Oculus games on their own site, and can generate income once they ship the final product.This begins with developers signing up for their Oculus developer account. Studios can then start releasing their games across various channels on Share. Paley points out that creators can use these release avenues to control who is getting to test certain versions of their game. Instead of just sending over the raw files for an Oculus game, a developer can add a YouTube personality or media outlet to the alpha channel, and that person will get an email with a link to redeem the game on the Share store. If the developer goes on to update or wants to revoke access to that build, they have that option.“There are four different release channels,” said Paley. “These are Live, Alpha, Beta, and Release Candidate. The Live channel has a special meaning. The games I upload here are the ones that will go to the Oculus store.”But Paley says that it’s up to developers to determine how they use Alpha, Beta, and Release Candidate since Oculus has no strict definitions for those channels. This is just about empowering developers to get feedback however they want. That’s also why Oculus doesn’t force studios to fill out details and picture fields for their games until it’s time for them to go live. But once that does happen, the games will go out to the Oculus Share store, which Paley points out has a number of its own features.

Source: Oculus shows developers how it’s making the app store for VR | GamesBeat | Games | by Jeff Grubb

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