Samsung is serious about developing content for Gear VR, the company’s latest adventure into the cutting-edge field of virtual reality. Samsung’s Gear VR was introduced alongside of the Galaxy Note 4 last September, and the Korean manufacturer pledged to have 30 apps ready for download and use with the device when it transitioned to mass production. Still, 30 apps is a far cry from a burgeoning app store for virtual reality – and Samsung’s Gear VR is, as a company investment, anything but a “one and done” effort.
To that end, Samsung announced its Gear VR framework (or GearVRf) earlier today, an open-source framework intended to simplify content development for its virtual reality headset. First, GearVRf does not require advanced programming language and relies on the familiar C++ and Java programs. In addition, developers can produce apps for Gear VR without 3D graphics knowledge if they already have existing content available.
With barriers in programming language and 3D graphics removed, developers can focus on apps and the creation of a fun experience that is designed to keep Gear VR users coming back again and again. Galaxy S6 and S6 edge users who pick up the Gear VR (post-Innovator Edition) will find it to have been worth the wait.