Oculus has released its Rift Core 2.0 VR interface along with redesigned companion desktop app. The update is still available in the beta version. This is considered as the biggest update for Rift and is expected to change the VR experience.
According to a statement released by Oculus,” Touch was a major milestone for Oculus and for VR. This unveiled an entirely new mode of input that made VR more natural and intuitive. This is what we thought of releasing touch controllers one year before. The next thing was to change the core experience. This is what we will try to achieve through Core 2.0 update.”
Rift 2.0 is completely different from the previous version and focuses on easier and more intuitive interactions with the Windows desktop. The new version also has a social element since Facebook is trying heavily to dominate the social network.
The new update includes a customisable Oculus Home. This will allow users to change the look and feel of Oculus Home and personalize that based on their taste. The company's aim is to make it more immersive, engaging, and personal. It also now features interactive objects and decorative collectibles. Initially, there are only a few items which will increase in the coming times. The next improvement is Dash which allows users to interact with desktop or laptop in VR. But for the best experience, you will need to have Windows 10 installed on your computer system. The latest update focuses on the easy discovery of new games and experiences.
Oculus says that the new Dash open up various possibility for Rift like using Spotify for playing music, or Chrome for web browsing all from within VR. The new system forces Windows to treat each application as its own monitor. Each program can have a resolution of its own that makes it optimized to look good inside the Rift.
According to Oculus, they are also working on real-time hangouts which will make it easy for users to get together with friends in your Home and create together and this will be our first priority in the coming time.
To update to Oculus Rift Core 2.0, you have to opt into the Public Test Channel through the Oculus Desktop app.
Detailed Guide of the update: Oculus
Introducing Oculus Dash:
Customize Your Oculus Home:
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