Tim Sweeney: Oculus is following the wrong business model


    In an interview with Glixel, Epic Games’ co-founder Tim Sweeney critizied Oculus VR’s approach of relying on a closed store. “When you install the Oculus drivers, by default you can only use the Oculus store,” Sweeney said. “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. It’s telling developers: ‘You’re on notice here. We’re going to dominate this thing. And your freedom is going to expire at some point.’ It’s a terrible precedent to set.”

    Sweeney prefers an open model, similar to HTC Vive. He praised Vive for being an open platform and pointed out that it is currently outselling Oculus. “The Oculus store… is an awesome store [but] should run on all PC and VR devices,” he said. “Oculus would do best if they tried to bring users into their store by supporting HTC Vive and Oculus Rift and any other PC hardware that comes out. I think if they don’t do that, they’re going to pretty quickly fail, because you’re not going to want to buy a multiplayer game that you can’t play with half of your VR friends.”