Back at CES, Oculus introduced that Chinese electronics large Xiaomi would solely carry its personal branded model of the standalone Oculus Go headset to China. The headset will assist the Oculus Mobile SDK, that means present Gear VR and future Oculus Go apps might be packaged up on the market to the Chinese VR market by way of Xiaomi’s Mi VR retailer.
The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone headset is similar hardware to the forthcoming Oculus Go, the $200 standalone headset that Oculus introduced late final 12 months. Xiaomi will solely promote and management the headset in China whereas the Oculus Go might be offered in different areas.
Both headsets assist the Oculus Mobile SDK, the software program which presently permits builders to construct apps for Samsung’s Gear VR headset (which runs Oculus’ software program and retailer).
The Mi VR Standalone will draw content material from Xiaomi’s Mi VR retailer, however full compatibility with the Oculus Mobile SDK implies that apps beforehand constructed for Gear VR or Oculus Go might be readily transplanted to the Mi VR retailer on the market into the Chinese VR market. The solely main caveats is that the Mi VR Standalone gained’t assist the Oculus Avatar SDK or Platform SDK.
Apps constructed with the Oculus Mobile SDK additionally gained’t assist Xiaomi’s present VR buyer base from the 1.2 million older VR headsets that the corporate confirmed it has offered, that are claimed for use a median of 29 minutes per day. In order to assist these different headsets, builders might want to construct utilizing the Mi VR SDK (which helps Unity and Unreal).
Xiaomi’s developer FAQ says that income share on the Mi VR retailer is a regular 70% to builders. However, to encourage builders to localize their content material to finest match the Chinese VR viewers, the corporate says it’s “aiming” for 100% income share for “absolutely localized” titles all through 2018.
The firm additionally says it can supply some localization assist: “For builders who do localization in home, Xiaomi will present evaluate assist. And we will additional assist by introducing dubbing actors/actresses and translators, and assist evaluate all of those for builders.”
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The Xiaomi Mi VR Standalone is anticipated to turn out to be out there across the identical time because the Oculus Go headset, which is deliberate for “early 2018” and priced at $200. The introduction of the headset to China places the corporate in direct competitors with HTC’s standalone Vive Focus headset which launched in China simply final week.
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