Facebook adds new games to their App Lab

Facebook adds new games to their App Lab

Popular indie titles like Gorilla Tag, OceanCraft, and Warplanes: WW1 Fighters are now available through Facebook’s experimental app store, the App Lab.

Previously these games had only been available via the unofficial sideloading based app store SideQuest. Now, they are available without sideloading.

The new Oculus App Lab has turned the completely closed platform of the Oculus Store into just a semi-closed platform. Facebook and Oculus had previously operated their headset in a similar manner to game consoles, the only way to get an app was to go through the official Oculus store. Users could manufacture a work around by declaring themselves developers and activating side loading.

Since the App Lab launched, Facebook has been working with the SideQuest team to promote the games on their new store and many of the popular titles on SideQuest are now available through the App Lab.

They will not show up on the store, but once redeemed they can be accessed through your VR library. They will also have all the other benefits that come from an Oculus Store game like leader boards, achievements, and automatic updates.

Despite this move towards openness for Oculus and Facebook, they still maintain a lot of control over the apps and games that can get uploaded. Approval for the Oculus Store is very difficult to acquire, you would think that unlisted app distribution would be a little easier.  Apps uploaded to the unlisted distribution service still need to follow Oculus’ technical and content guidelines. This means no adult apps, or other content which is against the company’s policies. The only requirement that has been relaxed is their quality review.

The new games:

· Gorilla Tag (free)

· OceanCraft ($4.99)

· Guardians ($14.99)

· 1976 ($14.99)

· Cover Drive Cricket Demo (free)

· Percussive VR ($29.99)

· Galaxy Forces VR (free)

· Omega Blade ($4.99)

· Evryway Visualiser ($4.99)

· Blobby Tennis (free)

· Warriors of Titus (free)

· Realms of Eternity ($9.99)

· Car Parking Simulator ($9.99)

· Find My Phone App – The Game (free)

· Solicitude Wake-Up ($4.99)

· Minsar Studio (free)

· The Fight ($4.99)

· RealFit ($19.99)

· Sep’s Diner ($8.99)

· Battle Arena VR (free)

· Harvest VR (free)

· Warplanes: WW1 Fighters ($14.99)

· Gun Raiders (free)

· Peco Peco ($9.99)

· Sky Squadron Beta (free)

· War Yards Beta (free)

· V-Speedway (Alpha) (free)

· The Final Overs ($9.99)

· Jigsaw 360 ($2.99)

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Andrew Boggs

Andrew is a Northern Ireland based journalist with a passion for video games. His latest hobby is watching people speedrun Super Mario 64 and realising how bad he is at platformers.

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