The Director of Content material Ecosystem at Fb’s Oculus, Chris Pruett, gave particulars on the Oculus Retailer curation coverage for Oculus Quest in a Twitter thread as we speak, together with teasing a possible official means for distributing Oculus Quest apps exterior of the Oculus Retailer.
Your complete thread reads as follows:
Concentrate on polish & high quality for Quest has pushed actual developer success. We’ve discovered that sincere, actionable suggestions requires greater than a kind letter or a guidelines of issues to repair—devs are most profitable when we’ve got an ongoing relationship over the course of improvement.
That’s a part of the rationale we ask first for an idea doc, somewhat than a playable construct, for the Idea Approval title on Quest. We wish to give early sign earlier than the developer has spent vital assets on a mission.
We designed Oculus Begin/Launch Pad to incubate and help devs, which is why we typically advocate it to ideas we’ve declined. These packages are made to nurture promising devs and to supply help and assets to develop their work. https://developer.oculus.com/oculus-start
We additionally perceive that many devs and lovers are in search of simpler methods to entry and distribute functions exterior of the Oculus Retailer. That is an space we’re actively fascinated with (extra to share quickly!)
Additionally, welcome, @diempuntoes to Oculus Begin! We’re excited to work with you!
The thread appears to be in response to the current response that surrounded Fb’s second rejection of Disaster VRigade regardless of over 72,000 downloads from SideQuest. Disaster VRigade developer Diego Martín famous that the rejection letter from Fb inspired the studio to hitch the Oculus Begin program. In his thread, Pruett welcomed Martín to the aforementioned program, which offers “offers qualifying builders with entry, help and financial savings” from Oculus to new builders.
Maybe the opposite attention-grabbing a part of the thread is that Fb is contemplating a non-Retailer route for distributing Oculus Quest functions. In the intervening time, SideQuest is the perfect various for customers who want to simply sideload non-approved content material onto their Quest. The thread from Pruett might be teasing some sort of official SideQuest various, permitting builders and lovers to sideload content material onto their Quest which has not been authorised or been by the Oculus curation coverage. Or maybe we would see the introduction of Early Entry apps to the Oculus Retailer?
Some builders have even launched paid content material onto the SideQuest retailer, such because the builders of To The High. The sport, initially revealed on PC VR, was rejected for Quest however lately revealed as a paid app on SideQuest. The success of the SideQuest launch has since inspired the builders to proceed work on a sequel to To The High, figuring out that there’s a substitute for the Oculus Retailer curation course of.
With Fb now teasing an alternate answer of its personal, one large query is what may grow to be of SideQuest.