t’s been nearly six months since Samsung Gear VR, powered by Oculus launched worldwide. Over one million people used Gear VR last month to experience the incredible collection of immersive games, videos, and experiences available on the Oculus platform.
Developers have created more than 250 apps for Gear VR – from hit games like Minecraft, the action shooter End Space, and the unique fishing game Bait!, to one-of-a-kind experiences that put you front and center for live events like March Madness and the Kentucky Derby.
In addition to the exciting range of games available, VR video continues to be one of the most popular experiences on Gear VR. Seven of the top 10 most used apps are videos and, on any given day, nearly 80% of people who use Gear VR watch video content.
Today Felix & Paul Studios debuts Nomads for Oculus on Gear VR – a unique 360 3D virtual reality series that follows the lives of several nomadic peoples. Spend time with yak herders on the Mongolian steppes, Maasai warriors in Kenya, and the traveling coastal Bajau people of Borneo in the first three episodes of this made-for-VR series.
Next week, Discovery VR will release a new Deadliest Catch video experience for Oculus on Gear VR. Deadliest Catch VR drops fans directly into the heart-pounding action of the Bering Sea, transforming them into virtual crew members on this season’s most dangerous boats.
Facebook 360 Photos Coming to News Feed and VR
In the coming weeks, Facebook will add 360 photos to News Feed. You’ll be able to take a panoramic photo from your phone or use a 360 camera, upload it to Facebook, and pan around by tilting your phone or dragging the image.
You’ll also be able to explore Facebook 360 photos in VR from the Oculus 360 Photos app. On Samsung phones, when viewing a 360 photo, there will be a button in the top left corner that says “View in VR.” If you tap on it and insert your phone into your Gear VR, you can see the 360 photo in VR. Imagine standing in the middle of a colorful parade at the Rio Carnival, or letting family from far away feel like they’re part of that special birthday gathering.
Refreshed Oculus Home and Oculus mobile app
In June, Oculus is introducing an updated design for Oculus Home on Gear VR. This new environment will roll out to everyone and make it easier to find your recently downloaded content so you can quickly jump into VR.
Also, this week, you’ll start to see a “What’s New” section and a revamped library in the Oculus mobile app to help you find and discover new games and experiences.
With more intuitive content navigation, new ways to explore your photo memories, and exciting new content being developed every day, the VR ecosystem has never been more promising! We can’t wait to bring mobile VR to the next million.