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78% of AR/VR Developers Will Make Cross-Platform Content

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In a survey published by VRDC, AR and VR developers are largely leaning toward platform agnostic development for their next projects.

While Oculus and Valve/HTC continue to take two different approaches to stoking the development of VR games and applications—Oculus providing funding to developers in exchange for platform-exclusivity; Valve/HTC opting to let devs go it alone—the VR/AR Innovation Report survey published by VRDC suggests that the great majority of developers expect their next AR/VR development projects to be platform agnostic.

Survey: 78% of AR/VR Developers Not Planning Platform-exclusive Content

Unless there’s a considerable deal struck for exclusivity, many developers will naturally want to make their product accessible on as many platforms as possible, but some may choose to stick to a single platform for other reasons such as ease-of-development/support, or unique platform features.

Survey: 78% of AR/VR Developers Not Planning Platform-exclusive Content
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While the figure above is interesting, it should be noted that the sample size of the survey is only 500 respondents. It also presumably doesn’t speak just to Oculus Home and Steam platforms, but also includes those like Gear VR, Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, PlayStation VR, and others.

The survey also found that when it comes to the respondents’ next AR/VR projects, most were planning to develop for the HTC Vive over others.

Survey: 78% of AR/VR Developers Not Planning Platform-exclusive Content

For more insight into the VR industry, check out VRDC’s full report which you can get for free here. For detailed analysis and data on the state of the VR industry also check out the 2016 Virtual Reality Report.

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