Introduction to the Platform SDK
Welcome to the Oculus Platform SDK! The Platform SDK contains features that you can use to create engaging and social game experiences. Using the Oculus Platform allows you to focus on building your game.
The Platform SDK allows you to combine and customize the set of features you use to create your unique game experience.
Each feature provided in the SDK supports one of our platform objectives:
- Identity - Personalize the app by using the user’s friends list. Allow users to easily find and connect with friends.
- Social and Community - Foster active communities and encourage meaningful interactions in your app. Bring users around the globe together for shared social experiences.
- Engagement - Engaged users return more frequently and spend more time in VR. Incentivize users to return, interact, and invest in your app.
- Revenue - Maximize the return on your app by offering the right items and experiences at the right time in VR.
- Security - Protect your app and users with the robust security of the Oculus Platform authentication.
Platform SDK Compatibility
The Platform SDK is compatible with native, Unity, and Unreal applications for both Rift and mobile VR devices.
For information on getting started building your app, please see the PC SDK for native Rift, Mobile SDK for native mobile, and the Unity or Unreal guides if you’re planning to use a game engine.
Integrating the Platform SDK
The Getting Started Guide contains the steps to get you ready for the SDK. The Getting Started Guide will walk you through the on-boarding and prerequisites required before you can integrate the Platform SDK features.
Platform SDK Features
The Platform SDK features are the individual components that you can integrate in your app. Each of these features can be used independently, but using multiple in combination provides deeper, more engaging VR experiences.
Create trophies, badges, awards, and more to challenge your users to reach a goal or objective. Users can see the achievements their friends have earned creating a competition among friends.
- App Deeplinking
App Deeplinking allows you to launch users directly into an app event or gameplay mode.
- Cloud Storage
Seamlessly save, synchronize, and load data between devices and installs using our Cloud Storage service.
- Commerce (IAP)
In-app purchases (IAP) allow users to purchase items without leaving your app.
- Coordinated App Launch (CAL)
Coordinated App Launch (CAL) allows users to launch your social app together from Oculus Home.
- Custom Items
Custom Items enable you to reward your users for their in-game achievements with a custom item. Custom items are 3D objects that display in the user’s Oculus Home.
- DLC and Language Packs for Rift Apps
Downloadable content (DLC) and language pack asset files enable you to add additional content and languages without increasing the initial download size of your app.
- Expansion Files and DLC for Mobile Apps
Expansion files and downloadable content (DLC) asset files enable you to add whole new experiences, characters, levels, and more to your app for sale that you may not have included as part of the original experience.
Use Events to host time-specific gatherings for your users to attend, like a viewing party, social mixer, or game tournament. Events may be shown in Explore if the post matches a user’s interests. Events will be shown in the Oculus Events section of Home and Oculus Explore if deeplinks are implemented.
- In-App Content
Preview self-contained experiences in your app, like a video, photo set, or standalone experience with In-App Content. In-App Content may be shown in Explore if the post matches a user’s interests. In-App Content will be surfaced in Oculus Search. We can show users your In-App Content post in Oculus Explore if you provide a trailer video for the post.
Leaderboards create competition and increase engagement among your users.
Matchmaking places users together in a shared multiplayer experience. User matching can be done by common skill or other criteria that you define.
Create targeted messages that Oculus will deliver to your users’ Notification Feed. Notifications allow you to interact with your users outside of your app.
- OSS Sessions - Rooms and Matchmaking
Matchmaking and Rooms in Unreal uses the OSS Sessions interface.
Parties allow users to voice chat with friends in Oculus Home.
- Peer-to-Peer Networking
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) networking allows your app to establish a connection and send data directly between users.
Rooms are virtual places where users come together to interact in your app.
The Oculus Platform allows users to share their VR experience with their Facebook network.
- Users, Friends, and Relationships
Users, friends, and relationships manages information about each user’s unique persona, their relationship with their friends, and their recent encounters in VR.
- User Verification
User Verification validates the identity of each user accessing your application.
- Voice Chat (VoIP) Use the Platform VoIP service to add voice chat to your app. Each platform feature is an optional component you can use to enhance your app. Learn about the different features you can integrate in the Developer Guide.