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Hello VR devs,
Today we've unveiled a new section of our store — Gallery Apps. Gallery Apps will make a broader array of experiences available for Samsung Gear VR powered by Oculus and Rift, by relaxing our usual approaches to comfort, value, and polish.
With Gallery Apps, more developers can find their audience, gain feedback from people, and charge money for their work. For the best of Gallery Apps developers, this will be an opportunity to begin building a following for their future titles. All Gallery Apps are eligible for our Top Sellers and Recommended lists. We expect that the best of the Gallery Apps may also find their way into the wider Store as developers refine them and people use them.
Our Concepts section has been folded into this new section —apps that were previously in Concepts have converted into Gallery Apps.
For all those excited to explore the vanguard of VR, Gallery Apps will be its forefront. Enjoy!
Do I have to do anything different when I submit my app to the store?
No, but if you think your app is most appropriate for the Gallery Apps section, you can select the category as a recommendation when you submit.
Can developers make money with their Gallery Apps?
Absolutely. In fact, that’s one of the main reasons we wanted to add this section to the store – it gives developers a place to charge money for more experimental or less polished content that we normally curate. To that end, Gallery Apps will sometimes appear in our Top Sellers chart.
Are Gallery Apps rated for comfort?
No. Because we will be accepting and merchandising content in a less involved manner and it may not necessarily meet all of our guidelines for polish, all Gallery Apps will be listed as “Unrated” for comfort. You should still suggest a comfort rating when you submit your app, because we’d like to know what you think.
What is the main difference between this and Early Access?
Early Access gives people an inside look at ambitious VR projects in the making, and provides a chance to support the project with money and gain access to updates as the title evolves toward completion. Gallery Apps are not necessarily going to continue to evolve toward a “finished product” – most of them are submitted “as is.”