Virtual reality app store hits 150,000 downloads

Oculus dubs 2015 the year of Virtual Reality at CES
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WeArVR has reached a milestone in game downloads as public and developer interest in virtual reality surges.

The virtual reality store announced that more than 150,000 games had now been downloaded from its platform assisted by such games as Couch Knights, which was downloaded for the 2,710th time over the weekend.

At this year’s CES 2015 in Vegas, virtual reality pioneers Oculus dubbed 2015 'the year of VR'. This comes after an announcement back in July that over 100,000 Rift developer kits had been sold.

Samsung also joined the virtual reality race in December with the US release of the Samsung Gear VR, the initial batch of which sold out.

WeArVR stocks more than 600 virtual reality applications for a range of devices including Oculus Rift, Google Cardboard, Durovis Dive and the Gear VR.

The store boasts 643 games, architecture simulations, music applications as well as horror experiences with the most popular game genres being exploration, simulation and thrill rides.

Data from the app store has revealed that Oculus is the most popular device for its customers, 35 per cent of users purchase five or more games at a time, and Sunday appeared to be the most popular day for visits.

Nic Mitham, co-founder of WeArVR, commented: “The high number of downloads is fantastic news and a testament of enthusiasm people have for virtual reality.

“As well as hosting virtual reality games we also provide links to games and applications available on other sites. So far we’ve referred more than 20,000 visitors to other virtual reality sites, which is great news for the industry as a whole, especially as many of the developers are hobbyists and small teams in need of exposure.”

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