SideQuest sideloading platform receives $ 650,000 early investment from BoostVC, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey, and The Fund. The relatively small upfront funding will help SideQuest’s Shane Harris and Orla Harris build a testing service and other tools for virtual reality developers.
“I invest in SideQuest because I believe in their vision for VR development and distribution,” Luckey said in a prepared statement. “No HMD maker should have a grip on the VR ecosystem or unilaterally control what people are running on their VR headsets, and when I look at Sidequest, I see the spirit of Oculus Share.”
When the first wave of VR prospects began in 2016, some developers used a startup called Fishbowl VR as a test service. However, that startup didn̵
Since its release, many Quest owners have turned to SideQuest for current experimental content, while developers use it as an early access distribution system for testing and feedback. It sounds like the founders are planning on getting into user testing with the next steps of SideQuest. The idea looks a bit like TestFlight and a bit like Fishbowl.
“The platforms own the stores,” Harris said on a video call. “You win this race every time.”
Rather than competing as some sort of alternative business, he sees marketing and playtesting as two areas in which SideQuest is particularly well placed to help developers in the long run.
“We’re not interested in competing with Oculus or the other platform owners when the space arises,” said Harris.
Meanwhile, Facebook has started rolling out its now Oculus Developer Hub, which is designed to make it easier and faster to iterate over development and manage content on a quest. Facebook is in a tremendous change as all new headset owners have to use their Facebook account. The company will add an out-of-store distribution system for software developers to Oculus Quest early next year.
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