Oculus VR has revealed its funding roughly two dozen exclusives for its upcoming Oculus Rift virtual reality headset - games which will only be playable on its hardware and nowhere else. The plan is to get a number of titles ready for the headset’s launch in early 2016, and Oculus VR is putting its money where it’s mouth is by funding these titles.
We’ve seen a little of the direction it’s taking with this, including third-person horror adventure Edge of Nowhere, from Insomniac Games. The Sunset Overdrive and Ratchet & Clank developer has a penchant for exclusives, and Edge of Nowhere is no different. During Oculus VR’s pre-E3 showcase it demonstrated its curated Oculus Store, and it’s becoming increasingly clear it sees Oculus as a platform rather than as a peripheral.
When its Kickstarter was successful back in early 2013, the Rift was the only headset of its kind. Since then we’ve seen HTC’s Vive, Samsung’s Gear, Sony’s Project Morpheus; to name just a few. The Oculus Rift needs to stand out from an increasingly packed crowded, and Oculus co-founder Brendan Iribe thinks exclusive games and software is the way to go.
The acquisition by Facebook has clearly helped, and it’s also pledged to spend $10 million on funding indie VR game development. This, together with the two dozen Oculus Rift exclusives, should ensure a decent launch lineup next year.
What are your thoughts on the market fragmentation we can see at play here? For many, buying just one headset is too much of an ask, would you be willing to buy multiple headsets to play the exclusive games? Let us know!