What is SideloadVR?
SideloadVR builds custom GearVR .apks that include the user's signature file. This means that developers can share their ideas without going through Oculus Home and the global signing process.
SideloadVR is built on the idea of an open system, where developers can freely share their content with an extended tester user base.
If you are a developer and want to be included in SideloadVR, please fill out this form and we will get back to you.
A Project by Mark Schramm
Mark Schramm is creating immersive Virtual Reality content in cooperation with VR industry leaders such as Oculus VR, Sony, Samsung and Google. I love Virtual Reality and want developers to be able to share their ideas freely.
Experience the world of VR Chess in one of the first games of its kind: EnVRo Chess! Dive in multiple environment scenarios to play against our friendly AI. Challenge yourself to increasingly difficult chess games, all while enjoying the comforting atmosphere around you.
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The Visitor is a VR horror experience about an unexpected visitor calling to your door in the middle of the night. The game relies heavily on atmosphere, utilizing a dark environment to make the player both as nervous and uncomfortable as possible.
How does Sideload work?
This standalone injector is based on Java and comes with a simple .bat file and usage instructions.
SideloadVR Standalone Injector requires JRE to be installed.
Free for non-commercial use. If you want to license SideloadVR for commercial use, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Device ID Android Utility
Handy tool for GearVR developers.
SideloadVR DeviceID displays your device id, which is required for signature file creation.
GearVR runs only signed applications
The reason SideloadVR is even needed to run .apks, is that GearVR only executes signed applications.
This means an app has to be either globally signed by Oculus or has to include a device specific signature file when the developer compiles it.
However, recompiling an apk whenever a new person wants to test it is not feasible for most developers.
Sideload uses standard Android tools to inject a device specific signature file into an already compiled apk.
The developer does not need to include signature files for specific devices, but the downside is that a build server has to create custom apks for each user.
One Time Setup for the User
The user needs to provide Sideload their signature file. The Sideload Android app assists the user in acquiring the signature file.
During this process, the user is required to have an Oculus Account.
When Downloading an App from Sideload
Downloading is a quick and transparent process for the user. The SideloadVR Android app lets the user browse all available apps in the Sideload repository and offers a one-click download.
To the best of our knowledge: No
We have been talking with Oculus about SideloadVR and see no reason to be worried. We are working with them to ensure Sideload enriches the developer experience and offers an easier way for developers to share their ideas.