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Sketchfab Unveils VR Apps, WebVR Support

NicoleMotta - May 17, 2016 - 12:39 PM
Sketchfab Unveils VR Apps, WebVR Support
After launching apps on iOS and Android earlier this month, 3D sharing platform Sketchfab is embracing VR.

(CCM) — On Monday, Sketchfab announced the release of its virtual reality apps for the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR, and Google Cardboard headsets. The Cardboard support is not new, as Sketchfab announced this support back in January thanks to WebVR, but this latest update makes it easier to check out the company's 3D designs on higher-end headsets. The Sketchfab app supports a selection of 3D models as a demonstration, but the company plans to eventually expand to its entire library of 3D models; currently, the company hosts 750,000 3D models. The HTC Vive and Google Cardboard apps are available for download now, with the Oculus and Gear VR apps coming soon.

In addition to adding support for new VR headsets, Sketchfab announced WebVR support. With this support, users can "explore ALL Sketchfab models in VR" including their own models. "No need to go through game engines anymore, just upload to Sketchfab as usual and your work will be VR-ready in a matter of seconds," explained Sketchfab CEO Alban Denoyel. "With WebVR support, Sketchfab is the most seamless way to publish VR content." It is worth noting that WebVR, which is a Mozilla-led VR initiative, is still in the experimental phase, and the dedicated VR apps will likely be easier for most people to use. In the coming months, Sketchfab plans to turn its VR apps into a major portal, or platform, for VR enthusiasts. The company already allows users to directly post 3D content viewable through Cardboard to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, though many may not be aware that this option exists.

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