In an effort to make Gear VR content more discoverable, the Oculus team is excited to announce the launch of a rebuilt Oculus Home which includes Oculus Explore.
Oculus Explore is a way for people to discover and decide what to do in VR. It is a new, prominent stream of content targeted to a user’s interests and includes experiences from a wide range of sources: photos, videos, apps, the web and events. As the Oculus platform grows, our goal is to provide new ways for users to get quickly and easily to experiences that might be interesting to them, while aiding developers in attracting new users.
As a developer you can create Stories about your app. You might showcase experiences within your app or new features you’ve released. These stories are opportunities for users to download or re-engage with your app. Stories are shown based on a person’s interests. There are two types of Stories you can create:
Oculus also auto-generates stories for “trending”, high traffic apps. If your app is highly used and you want it to be eligible for a trending story, all you need to do is make sure you’ve submitted a cubemap and a 2D video trailer to the Oculus store.
To create a story, go to your app’s Oculus dashboard and click on Discoverability. Select the story type you want from the left hand menu and provide the following assets. Note: these stories are only shown to English-speaking users at this time.
Before submitting, remember to leave enough time for the review and feedback process. We will verify that the story is high quality before choosing to accept or reject your submission. You can check the status of a pending submission in your app’s Oculus dashboard.
If you would like to create new cubemap assets, you can view our best practices for creating cubemaps in our Oculus Store Art Guidelines document. You can find more information in our developer documentation portal here.
- The Oculus Team