Oculus’ App Lab offers a new way to try early access VR apps without sideloading

Oculus’ App Lab offers a new way to try early access VR apps without sideloading


Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge

Oculus has detailed what’s coming in its v25 software update for Quest and Quest 2 headsets. The most notable change for both developers and users is App Lab, a new method for distributing in-development VR apps that doesn’t require Oculus Store approval and also doesn’t require sideloading. Think of this software as the equivalent of early access for VR.

Oculus shared in its press release that it wants to keep the bar for quality high for its store, so it’s splintering off App Lab apps from its main storefront. But it wants to foster a community where developers can openly and easily share their in-progress creations with Quest owners.

After a developer submits their App Lab app to Oculus,…

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