DEVICE-CENTRIC DOCUMENTATION

The site has a new content architecture. We've added the ability to select your development device to show device-specific content. Please read our blog post Oculus Developer Center Update: Device-centric Documentation Architecture for more information.

Oculus Quest Development

All Oculus Quest developers MUST PASS the concept review prior to gaining publishing access to the Quest Store and additional resources. Submit a concept document for review as early in your Quest application development cycle as possible. For additional information and context, please see Submitting Your App to the Oculus Quest Store.

Unreal Game Engine

Unreal is distributed with Oculus plugins which make it easy to develop applications for Oculus platforms. This guide contains development information for the Rift, Rift S, Oculus Go and Oculus Quest.

Overview

The Unreal Game Engine provides integrated support for VR applications that target the Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, and Oculus Rift S headsets. This enables your applications to support stereoscopic rendering, orientation tracking, and positional tracking (on the Oculus Rift S).

This document is your main guide for targeting these headsets, although cross references are provided for the Oculus Mobile SDK and PC SDK developer guides, as well as the Unreal guides from Epic Games.

The easiest way to create Unreal applications is to use Unreal Blueprints, which is a visual programming system. Here is a portion of a Blueprint script which includes Oculus-specific functions:

If you are not already familiar with Unreal Blueprints, Epic Games provides several videos and tutorials to help you get started. You should have a basic working knowledge of Blueprints programming before proceeding with this developer guide.

UE4 Royalty Payment Program

At Oculus Connect 3 in 2016, Oculus and Epic announced that Oculus would pay the royalties for any VR app developed using the Unreal Engine and sold through the Oculus Store, up to $5,000,000 USD in application revenue. In order to participate in this program you must opt in through your Oculus Developer Dashboard. Read more on the UE4 Royalty Payment Program page.

How to Use This Guide

Quick Start: To get started developing Unreal applications for the Oculus headset that you wish to target, please see:

Controllers: To handle input events generated by the controllers (Oculus Touch and Oculus Go controllers), please see:

Audio

Audio is critical for creating a persuasive VR experience and can contribute strongly to the user’s sense of immersion. See:

  • Audio: Provides an introduction to tools to create an immersive audio experience with Unreal Engine apps. This includes Oculus spatialization plugins (OSPs) for audio editing tools commonly used with Unreal, including Audiokinetic Wwise and FMOD Studio, Lipsync and other audio resources.

Rendering

To enhance rendering quality and optimize the frame rendering rate, see:

Platform Solutions

  • The Oculus Platform supports features related to security, community, revenue, and engagement such as entitlement checking, matchmaking, in-app purchase, VoIP, and cloud saves. For more information on the Platform Unreal plugin, see:
  • Platform Solutions: Unreal Getting Started Guide.

Avatar SDK

The Oculus Avatar SDK assists developers with implementing first-person hand presence for the Rift and Touch controllers. It includes avatar hand and body assets that are viewable by other users in social applications. The first-person hand models and third-person hand and body models supported by the Avatar SDK automatically pull the avatar configuration choices the user has made in Oculus Home to provide a consistent sense of identity across applications. For more information, see:

User Experience

To provide the best possible user experience, see:

  • Oculus Dash: Describes how to support the Oculus Dash environment from within Unreal applications.
  • Splash Screens: Describes how to use splash screens during application load time, and during UE4 Level transition times.
  • Social Applications and Revenue: Provides an overview of the Oculus Platform social and revenue functions, with links into the Oculus Platform SDK documentation.
  • Oculus Rift: Mixed Reality Capture: Describes how to incorporate live video feeds into your Unreal applications.

Unreal Reference

For a complete reference guide to all Oculus Unreal functions, see:

Facebook 360 Capture SDK

  • This sample SDK allows game and virtual reality developers to easily and quickly integrate 360 photo/video capture capability into their applications. It is available for use with Unreal VR applications, and may be downloaded from the Facebook GitHub repository.