This video on OpenXR got me to thinking. When we use the Rift, why do we need to see the Oculus home screen? Why does the Oculus app even have to be running in order to use VR?
VR is not an operating system! It’s more like a dumb monitor or display screen than an OS. Instead of using Oculus Home, why not have a choice of homes from a variety of different developers? Competition makes things interesting and it keeps the industry moving. There’s no reason why the Oculus Rift or Quest or other devices need to be tied to a particular platform.
The future of VR can be like the Apple App Store — very closed and controlled by a single company – or it can be more like PC gaming, with a huge variety to choose from. Also, if you buy a lot of experiences, you won’t have to worry about being tied down to a single platform. You can move everything from one to another.
Oculus is a hardware manufacturer, not an operating system like Apple or Windows. https://youtu.be/SM6SbkzDT8g