New information on the upcoming Oculus Quest has been posted on Twitter by John Carmack, CTO of Oculus. Accordingly, it should be possible to install third-party apps, which are not available in the official Oculus Store, on the VR glasses. The sideloading process should work similarly to the Oculus Go.
Oculus Quest – sideloading support for upcoming VR glasses confirmed
Recently, Oculus executives announced that stricter policies were being followed in publishing VR software at the Oculus Store. This will significantly increase the quality of the app offering to make the development of VR titles more attractive to devs, as well as providing VR users with an optimized selection.
Now there is news on how to install nice trash or practical VR apps that could not make it into the store for licensing reasons, for example, on the soon to be released Oculus Quest. According to John Carmack, the Oculus Quest as well as the Oculus Go Sideloading support to play other apps on the VR glasses:
Same process as Go
– John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) March 5, 2019
The sideloading of VR apps is a cumbersome process in which various steps have to be taken. In addition, external software must be installed and the use of apps from unknown sources allowed. You can find detailed instructions for the sideloading on the Oculus Go here. It should be noted that this can always lead to a security risk.
Ambitious devs already announced the provision of external software for the Oculus Quest. Thus, for example, the open-source project QuakeGVR will be ported to the Quest glasses, with which it is sometimes possible to launch Half-Life in limited form in VR.
The Oculus Quest is scheduled to be launched in spring 2019. It is speculated about a launch on the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in May 2019. More information will appear at the GDC 2019 in March.