Facebook: Game Developers Showcase News

Oculus Blog
March 16, 2020

Update March 19, 2020:

Developer Sessions

For the fourth day of the Facebook: Game Developer Showcase, we’re sharing three talks to help VR developers bring their games and experiences to the next level. Tune into the Oculus Developer Blog today for the following developer sessions:

Thanks for joining the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase. The action continues March 24 on the Facebook Gaming Blog and Facebook Audience Network.

Update March 18, 2020:

The Latest from The Room VR: A Dark Matter, Pistol Whip, Echo VR, and More

We just shared a bunch of game news as part of the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase, including that B-Team from Twisted Pixel Games is making its way to Oculus Quest on March 26!

The Room VR: A Dark Matter from Fireproof Games is also set to release March 26 on Quest, followed by Lies Beneath from Drifter Entertainment on March 31. Visit Tech@Facebook for our playthroughs of both the atmospheric escape room puzzler and the gritty survival horror title.

Cloudhead Games shared its future vision for Pistol Whip and unveiled its Full Throttle Update, now available for free on Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform. We also shared that Echo VR will host a closed alpha on March 26—click here to register—and revealed the latest trailer from Phantom: Covert Ops, due to launch June 25 on Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform.

Click here for more information. Check back tomorrow for even more Facebook: Game Developers Showcase updates, and tune into “The Future of Playing Together and Where Multiplayer Is Going in VR” in Oculus Venues on March 19 at 10:00 am PT.

Update March 17, 2020:

Introducing the Timbaland Music Pack for Beat Saber

Legendary rapper and music producer Timbaland is joining the Beat Saber lineup with the launch of the Timbaland Music Pack on March 26. Priced at $7.99 USD, the pack includes five original songs written specifically for Beat Saber featuring hit artists Bruno Martini, Kaydence, and more.

Beat Saber continues to dominate the VR gaming charts and has gone Double-Platinum, selling over 2 million copies worldwide across all VR platforms. In addition to breaking records within the VR community, the game has also proven a successful platform for artists to connect with fans—selling over 10 million songs through downloadable content. The Timbaland Music Pack is the latest addition in a series of updates to Beat Saber that includes well-known artists Imagine Dragons, Green Day, K/DA, and more. Click here for more information.

Welcome to the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase! Now through March 19, you can tune in for breaking updates and new trailers from hotly anticipated titles coming to Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform in the coming months. We’ll update this post with the latest news each morning at 10:00 am PT, so check back regularly to stay up to date. Today, we’re kicking things off with Director of Content Ecosystem Chris Pruett and Facebook Global Director, Games Partnerships Leo Olebe!

New and Improved Oculus Quest System Experience

The VR platform of the future must enable people to multitask easily, navigate between apps seamlessly, stay connected with others, and quite simply do more. From gaming to media and entertainment, from social experiences to getting work done, VR as the next computing platform will support the full spectrum of uses that people expect from their devices, like phones and laptops, today. As a step toward that future, we’re unveiling a major update to the Oculus Quest system experience that makes VR more flexible, social, and easy to use than ever before. It comes with a completely redesigned universal menu, new immersive overlays, and multi-window support for 2D apps starting with Oculus Browser—and these updates are launching as Experimental Features later this month. Click here for more information, and visit the Oculus Developer Blog to learn how you can make sure your app is compatible.

A Thriving Ecosystem

From mobile phones and consoles to your PC and tabletop, games bring people together and help us form vibrant communities. The same holds true for VR, and our bets in the gaming space continue to pay off. More than 20 titles have passed the $1M revenue mark on Quest alone—a trend that promises to continue as even more people join the VR community. In fact, 90% of people who activated a new Quest over the holidays were new to the Oculus ecosystem. We’re thrilled to keep welcoming new people to VR.

Prototype OpenXR

We’re excited to announce that a prototype version of OpenXR will be available for developers in an update coming later this month. OpenXR is a royalty-free open standard from The Khronos Group created for the development of high-performance VR applications that run on multiple platforms. Click here to learn more.

Add-Ons: Downloadable Content and In-App Purchases

Also launching later this month, developers will see a new option in their Developer Dashboard for downloadable add-on content management, Add-ons. Add-ons combine Downloadable Content (or DLCs) and In-App Purchases (or IAPs) under one management function. The introduction of Add-ons makes the process of creating add-on content easier for developers. It also makes add-on content more searchable and purchasable directly from the application page for consumers. Click here to learn more.

More to Come

The future’s never been brighter for VR gaming, with original franchises that continue to grow, new games being announced, and a host of tools and insights that make building successful titles easier than ever. We’ll have more news to share in the days ahead, so tune in here each day at 10:00 am PT through March 19 for all the latest!

As part of the Facebook: Game Developers Showcase videos, you can also check out the latest strategies for monetizing your games with Facebook Audience Network, plus get news and updates to help grow your business with Facebook Gaming.