Oculus VR has been staggering the rollout of its Gear VR smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) over the course of 2015. Having launched late last year in the US without a commercial store, the kit followed in other territories around a month later. The store, which allows developers to actually sell content on the device, came to the US in March 2015, allowing owners to play some of the first premium VR content. This week finally sees that store arrive in other territories.
“Since introducing commerce to the Oculus Store available on the Gear VR Innovator Edition, the team’s been working on expanding support to the rest of world,” Oculus VR wrote in a recent blog. “We’re excited to announce that as of 4/20, the global commerce rollout has begun. You can now buy and sell apps, games, and experiences on the Oculus Store in all countries where Gear VR is sold.”
Titles on the international commerce store currently include Darknet, the hacking title from E McNeill that originally launched for free, Fierce Kaiju’s Viral and nDreams’ turret-based space shooter, Gunner.
The store comes just over a week before Oculus VR and partner Samsung release a new version of the Innovator Edition of Gear VR. Whereas the original version supported Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 enlarged smartphone, the new edition supports its most recent flagship handset, the Galaxy S6 and the S6 edge. The new device is expected to launch in the USA on 8th May via Samsung’s online store and Best Buy’s website, with it also arriving at physical Best Buy stores on 15th May. Again, an international release for the kit is yet to be detailed.
A full, consumer-focused version of Gear VR is expected to be revealed later in the year. VRFocus will continue to follow the kit’s progress, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.