18 January 2017
Epic Games founder and Unreal Engine's creator Tim Sweeney has said that the HTC Vive is outselling the Oculus Rift 2-to-1 worldwide. This is quite interesting as the Rift is cheaper than Vive but the reason for the latter's success is said to be because of it being open source platform. On the other hand, Rift is following a walled garden approach like Apple has been doing with iOS.
Sweeney did not mention any source behind the numbers he talked about but his 2-to-1 figure was based on about 500,000 PC VR headsets sold worldwide. He said that Oculus allows Rift users to use only Oculus Store (by default) for browsing and installing apps and games.
He clearly opposed the approach and said, “When you install the Oculus drivers, by default you can only use the Oculus store. You have to rummage through the menu and turn that off if you want to run Steam. Which everybody does. It’s just alienating and sends the wrong message to developers."
But since HTC Vive is open source, users are able to access various VR app stores and have the opportunity of browsing more and better apps and games. Sweeney believes that ultimately open will win over closed approach as "any software that requires human communication is completely dysfunctional if it’s locked to a platform. And everything in VR and AR will be socially centric. Communicating with other people is an integral part of the experience."
While Sweeney is pretty vocal in against of the walled garden approach, his company Epic Games is working on an Oculus-exclusive Robo Recall which is expected to release this year. Talking about the title, he said that it would not have been possible tod develop without the investment from Oculus because of its budget.
He went on to say that Oculus store should be open to all PC and VR devices. And if it does not happen, he thinks that Oculus is "going to pretty quickly fail." If you are interested in reading the full interview of Sweeney, click the source link below.