Virtual Store/Mall to walk around
Could have a virtual store or mall to walk around so we can pick up games, throw them into our cart and checkout like that. Also if it were a mall each shop could be split into categories, so there would be an action game shop, or a puzzle game shop, space game shop etc.
Also allows companies to have virtual advertisements or their own shops just for their game
be able to walk around/teleport and actually pick up games to see hold and even play a demo of
We neeeeed this. It's definitely the next step to the oasis.
It would be great if the store/mall was a social space. some times it would be nice to talk to people that are shopping to hear what they have played and why they liked it. i know there are reviews but i cant ask a review a question. i would keep the old store as an option for those who like it. but i would love a mall. its more fun plus immersion is the new graphics! and actually shopping for the games is super immersive and kind of funny if you think about it. we have become a society that buys everything online. now in the VR world to buy games we go to the VR mall. Hilarious. i want to get lost in a VR universe. lets get there. If anyone can do it its the Oculus crew.
This would also be good if you could have a TV in your home with a virtual dvd/vhs player. You could go to a virtual blockbuster purchase a movie and take it home pop it into your VHS player watch it on your home's TV. Maybe even with a friend? There's things like that in second life and it does make a huge difference and is really really fun.
Jose Rodriguez commented
I want this!!!
Inferno Digital commented
Until this happens, though, I'd actually much rather the screens for the Store just popped up in Home or within Dash even, rather than taking me out of home into another scene that I cant even walk around.
Inferno Digital commented
Spatial movement through the store would be awesome! I'd love to even just be able to walk around the current store, then teleport onto a hotspot for the pop-up browser atm.
I would absolutely love this, but at the same time I would like Oculus to keep the option to switch to the current store front just in case I don't feel like physically walking around to get a game. I would hardly use that functionality, but it would be nice to have from time to time.
George Kong commented
Yes... having spatial interaction with the store would be huge. An obvious and much needed way of seperating virtual store fronts from just 'digital storefronts' - leveraging the advantage of digital with the sort of spatial/environmental interaction that we're accustomed to with real life.
And as it stands, it's especially jarring coming from Oculus Home to Oculus store - home using the new spatial navigation paradigm, to Store using the old, fixed in place with menu in front of you paradigm.
Ideally... you'd have both - the first thing you're greeted with in the Store is the big digital menu...
But the digital menu is really bad for discovery, because you have hundreds to thousands of items buried in menus that are increasingly unwieldly to navigate.
It'd be nice if you could wander the mall through themed sections (or at least initially, walk the area and have walls dedicated to various themes).
And then pick up game boxes/cover art (I mean this already exists in Oculus Home right now; just draw inspiration from Vinyl Records which are large format and can hold beautiful artwork).
When the user flips the cover over, they're greeted by the screen shot media, the blurb, even moving video/gifs on the back cover (so they're kinda magical covers like you'd expect from say... Harry Potter... but also VR).
It'd provide for a much more tactile, but more importantly, fun shopping experience!
At the same time... having such a virtual mall is an ideal opportunity to present to players the things that they can get for the Oculus Home - even if they can't straight up buy them, they can go have a look, and see what things are available, what their requirements are (buy this game, or get this achievement, or login X times).
Alexandre Gauthier commented
I would love to actually rummage around in the bargain bin, picking up boxes.
It would be a novelty but it is a very natural way of checking things out.
I would like to be able to walk around and interact with shops in a logical way, but I personally don't want any additional ads compared to the current live oculus store.