For Playing Oculus Rift Games From Other Sources You Have to Opt-In
We know that Oculus Rift’s storefront is going to allow games to be published from third party sources as well. However, in order to play Oculus Rift games from other sources, you will have to first opt-in for it.
This does sound a little odd since asking the HMD owners to list up for a feature like that is not commonplace. That being said, Oculus is definitely not charging users for being able to play games from other sources, you just need to opt-in.
It is as if Tim Sweeney op Epic Games has got a point when he says that these guys are treating them like second class citizens by creating a divide between their own games on the Oculus Store and games from everyone else by asking users to first enable games from other sources.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) March 28, 2016
While talking to the developers, Oculus says that they can “ship outside the Oculus platform using the SDK” with this condition:
If you’d like to ship outside the Oculus platform using the SDK, you can. People can access this content by enabling the ‘Unknown Sources’ setting in the Oculus desktop app. There are considerations when building Oculus PC apps on other platforms: for example, customers must be able to return Home and see Oculus platform overlays and notifications, including the health and safety notice.
Whether or not the users see this as a roadblock (or an unkind treatment for that matter) for Oculus Rift games from other sources, is yet to be seen.
Do you agree with Oculus or Sweeney?