Team rewrites Oculus Home on gear VR using React VR Framework, making it 3 times faster


Oculus Home on Gear Vr just got a major software overhaul main Oculus Home app was completely written from scratch by the team using Facebook backed React VR framework.

Oculus Home hub is the main virtual area that Gear VR users enter every time they boot the headset up. Oculus software engineer Mike Armstrong revealed at React Europe today, React VR also helped bring some other huge improvements to Home other than the major improvement in resolution.


“What you may not know is that Home was actually built entirely in React VR, backed by a native runtime,” Armstrong told the audience during his session. “The new full rewrite of Home was put together in a few months, so the benefits were not just for our users but for our engineers too.”

As a result, the new Oculus Home boots up three times faster than the previous version, and offers 30% power savings on your phone.

React VR is  a JavaScript framework that lets developers build virtual reality experiences with the help of JavaScript. As its name implies, React VR takes its cues from Facebook’s existing React framework; just like with React for standard web apps, VR developers can now use the same declarative model to write apps for their 360-degree experiences.

According to Armstrong, a small team also replicated this for photos and video applications. “They were helped by being able to share the code across all the applications,” he explained. Armstrong  further explained that the framework is designed to work for just about any VR headset across mobile operating systems and PCs.

Facebook released React VR back in December of last year as the company continues to develop its own WebVR browser, codenamed Carmel which is currently in testing phase.

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