The VP of Facebook Reality Labs, Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth, held one of his popular Instagram AMAs recently. History has shown that he likes to use them as a sounding board and an under the radar way of testing the waters when it comes to potential updates.
In this recent AMA, Bosworth said that he would be fine if the team at Oculus took the Quest store to other devices. He was asked a question about the potential for the Quest store to be offered outside of Quest hardware. He responded:
“I don’t have a fundamental issue with the idea. I think, certainly, we’d love to have more outlets for our developers to make money on their content. Right now, there’s just not really a headset to do it with. And I think it’s not been an option just for that reason.”
His response is completely understandable. Right now, the majority of the VR markets only have one viable wireless stand-alone headset the Quest. Everything else is PC VR or PS VR. Since all of them are already tied to far more powerful hardware there would be no reason to offer a weaker alternative with less demanding titles. SteamVR and the Oculus Rift section of their store already have that covered.
However, there has been a lot of noise from HTC and other smaller developers who have been developing their own light weight VR devices. By offering the Quest store on those upcoming devices, they could have an easy way of providing their users with a premade selection of curated games. The issue is the proliferation of the Facebook ecosystem, one that could grow all the more if they can spread their software as well as their hardware.