Download OpenXR from Microsoft Store to write cross-platform VR code

by Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
Milan Stanojevic
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You can now download OpenXR from Microsoft Store

Microsoft recently released OpenXR for Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) devices. You can now head over to the Microsoft Store to download it.

Khronos released OpenXR app to allow many users who want to run those applications that depend on OpenXR. Developers basically use OpenXR to develop virtual and augmented reality applications.

Now you can simply install the OpenXR app to run these apps on multiple OpenXR APIs platforms.

Windows watcher @WalkingCat was the first to announced the news on Twitter.

Moreover, the applications that you have developed with OpenXR will run Windows Mixed Reality headsets and holographic devices.

In other words, you just need to write the code once and then you can run it on various hardware platforms.

System requirements

You should be running Xbox One and Windows 10 version 17763.0 or higher to install OpenXR app on your system.

We hope that this app will be available on additional platforms very soon. Furthermore, the OpenXR app supports x64 and ARM64 based processor.

This release was not shocking for the Windows 10 users. Microsoft has always stressed on the importance of OpenXR.

A few months ago Alex Kipman, a Microsoft’s engineer, explained what Microsoft thinks about the future of OpenXR.

Microsoft believes that for mixed reality to thrive, it must be open for everyone: open stores, open browsers and open developer platforms. We’re dedicated to supporting the launch of OpenXR this year on Windows Mixed Reality and HoloLens 2…

The Khronos website clearly mentions that many big names in the industry including Oculus, Intel, Unity, AMD, and Valve currently support OpenXR.

Additionally, the number of platforms that support OpenXR is pretty notable. Some of these are Daydream, Oculus, and SteamVR.

You can now write portable code

Previously, developers had to write separate code for each platform. Microsoft wants to facilitate its users in this regard.

We can see that this approach will help developers to launch more games and apps. It would eventually result in a better future for Virtual and Augmented reality domain.

If you want to try out OpenXR app right now, you can simply download the app from Microsoft Store.

Do you think that it is really useful? Share your opinions and thoughts in the comments section below.


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