Oculus VR's software development kit for mobile is now available

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Oculus VR's software development kit for mobile is now available

When Oculus VR hired away legendary programmer John Carmack from id Software, there was a specific intention: Carmack's commitment to virtual reality, specifically as it pertained to mobile VR. The first major fruit of Carmack's work over the past year is now available for you to download, as Oculus VR today announced the release of its mobile software development kit. So, what can you do with it? You can make stuff for Samsung and Oculus VR's joint venture: Gear VR. Specifically, the SDK is meant for use with the Note 4, which powers virtual experiences in Gear VR.

The SDK provides an entryway to Gear VR beyond gaming. As Oculus VR's announcement post puts it: "The SDK includes the full-source code for Oculus Cinema, Oculus 360 Photos, and Oculus 360 Videos under an open license. We've done this so that you can jump-start your own VR app development." That means developers have access to the full suite of multimedia interaction offered on Gear VR, which Oculus and Samsung are assuredly hoping is widely used. And fret not, Unity game engine developers -- there's support for your game engine as of right now. Now get cracking so those of us using Gear VR this December have something to do!

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