Oculus Sample Framework was released in the Oculus store this week on Gear VR, giving developers and designers an “experimental sandbox” of illustrated solutions to standard VR development problems.
Scenes include a menu that lets you customize the speed of fade-to-black during teleportation, crosshair options, real-time head movement on an avatar and more. The Gear VR touchpad can be used to navigate the app but some features require a game controller. The software is available for free in the Oculus store. Oculus points developers to the Developer Downloads portion of its website to get the complete Unity 5 project for the application.
Here’s a quick overview of more new apps this week.
Fall Into Me: The British Billionaire (Free)
Developer: A+E Networks
Description: “Romance is in the air! Imagine you’re a junior real estate broker, working on the biggest sale of your career. The Beverly Hills mansion seems like the perfect listing for the buyer, a mysterious British billionaire … Use your Gear VR headset to literally put yourself in Laura’s head as she tries to close the deal with a handsome billionaire who has more than just real estate on his mind … The app contains three VR episodes, as well as the entire eight episode British Billionaire series, which are available to view in a virtual theater environment.”
Samsung School Of Rugby (Free)
Developer: Immersive Media
Description: “Test your ability against England’s legends Lawrence Dallaglio, Martin Johnson and Jack Whitehall, as they put you through your paces in a game of hot potato. Try to keep the target on the ball to score points.”
Samsung + Years & Years (Free)
Developer: Spot Seven Ltd.
Description: “On Saturday 28th February 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (GMT), electronic pop trio Years & Years will perform live for the first time through VR. This exclusive performance will be brought to you through the Samsung Galaxy S7 – and powered by the Samsung Gear VR. This is your chance to get closer to the band than ever before and enjoy a unique live music experience. Choose different camera angles, stand side by side with the band onstage or simply watch from the crowd. Experience live music in a totally new way with one of 2016’s must-see bands, before they embark on their European tour.”
Escape Room VR ($3)
Description: “You wake up in a closed room with no memories of how you got there. The only way to get out is to play the game of your kidnapper. By exploring your surroundings, interacting with objects and finding hidden clues, step by step, you’ll get closer to escaping the room. Maybe.”
Porto Interactive (Free)
Developer: Ground Control Studios
Description: “An interactive, 360 tour of Oporto, featuring the sights and history of Oporto City. Start on a boat tour in Douro and set your own destination!”