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Oculus will automatically block apps that are not sold through their store

Oculus will automatically block apps that are not sold through their store

Oculus will automatically block apps that are not sold through their store

Oculus will automatically block apps that are not sold through their store

 

The Oculus Rift will automatically block apps that are not sold through the Oculus Storefront unless you specifically "allow unknown sources" in the options menu of the Oculus Rift App.    

The fact that Oculus compatible VR applications that are purchased outside of the Oculus Rift Storefront are not allowed to be used by default is something that shows that oculus wishes for their users of stay within their ecosystem whenever possible. 

This move has already received criticism from several big names in the gaming industry, with Tim Sweeney, the founder or Epic Games, going so far as to say that Oculus is treating games from other platforms like "second-class citizens".

 

 

Oculus will automatically block apps that are not sold through their store

  

While Oculus is not blocking the use of applications from outside sources, it does an give PC gamers an extra step before they can use their Oculus Rift HMD freely.

Applications that are from outside the Oculus Ecosystem my not be verified by Oculus to perform well in VR and will not come with a VR "comfort rating" like all games available on the Oculus Store, though I would imagine that most gamers would like to use applications from outside the Oculus ecosystem, especially for games they may already own like Elite Dangerous and Project Cars. 

 

       Certain developers may create applications for Rift using the Oculus SDK that are not distributed through the Oculus platform. While Oculus allows this, applications from such developers have not been reviewed by Oculus for security, comfort, content, or health and safety. We term these applications as coming from 'unknown sources.' Users will need to enable this mode to build new Oculus projects. 


Below are instructions to either enable or disable downloads and applications from outside/unknown sources:

  1. Start from the Oculus App on your computer, select the gear icon on the upper right.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select General on the left.
  4. Locate the Unknown Sources section.
  5. Select the toggle to enable this feature. 
     will appear to verify that this feature has been activated.
  6. Select the toggle again to disable this feature. 
     will appear to verify that this feature has been deactivated.

 

You can join the discussion on the Oculus automatically blocking VR applications that are purchased outside of the Oculus Store on the OC3D Forums

 

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Most Recent Comments

28-03-2016, 17:49:15

ander01se
Meh... everybody wanting a piece of the cake... same as Uplay, Origin and Microsoft and their store. I'm getting fed up with it... >_>Quote

28-03-2016, 18:00:42

Tolemac
I will not buy anything that blocks apps etcQuote

30-03-2016, 04:49:18

SuB
a VDU with built in DRM.. imagine that...Quote

30-03-2016, 05:29:48

Dicehunter
This looks to be more of a "well if you allow this unknown source and something ***** up then it's on you not on us" type scenario.

A non issue really.Quote

30-03-2016, 13:28:11

hmmblah
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dicehunter View Post
This looks to be more of a "well if you allow this unknown source and something ***** up then it's on you not on us" type scenario.

A non issue really.
Yep, I only see this as a plus really. The only way it would have been bad is if they did the blocking, but allowed no legitimate way of getting around it.Quote
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