Oculus Quest System Update to Make Multitasking Easier, Experimental Features Coming Soon – Road to VR

Instead of GDC this yr, which was postponed as a result of coronavirus, Fb is saying a few of its information by way of the decidedly extra sterile surroundings of the Oculus weblog, beginning immediately and going till Thursday, March 19th. At the moment, the corporate unveiled its subsequent main replace to the Oculus Quest system expertise.

Fb says in a weblog submit that its subsequent Quest replace will make VR “extra versatile, social, and straightforward to make use of than ever earlier than,” touting a redesigned Common Menu, new immersive overlays, and multi-window help for 2D apps. The updates are slated to launch as Experimental Options on Quest later this month.

The redesigned common menu is meant to arrange info extra clearly, one thing Fb says will allow you to navigate to commonly-used system apps like Discover, Retailer, Browser, and TV with extra ease.

Settings comparable to brightness and quantity are additionally included right here, which all looks like a pleasant high quality of life tweak. Very like a cell OS, the common menu redesign will carry just lately and continuously used apps to the forefront.

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As well, the brand new immersive overlays make it so that you don’t must return to House, as it is possible for you to to carry the Common Menu up whereas in-game. Instruments comparable to good friend requests, casting, and livestreaming can also be imagined to be simpler and faster to search out whilst you’re in a VR app.

Fb says the brand new overlays will first be out there in WebXR apps launched from Oculus Browser, and can later come to “extra apps on the Oculus Platform as builders add help.”

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One thing Quest customers have been ready for: a number of window help for Oculus Browser. A brand new management field is alleged to allow you to open, shut, and rearrange home windows. Assist for extra 2D apps like Chats and Retailer is coming at a later date.

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Outdoors of the experimental user-focused updates, Fb can also be about to make it simpler for builders to handle and create DLC and in-app purchases for his or her video games. Fb says the replace, which can also be slated to reach someday this month, will make it this ‘add-on content material’ extra searchable and purchasable instantly from the appliance web page for customers.

The corporate additionally revealed a couple of different tidbits of information, together with the information that OpenXR is coming to Quest builders quickly, and that over 20 Quest video games have already damaged $1 million is income.

Fb has lots extra up its sleeves, so verify again with us tomorrow for the newest in Oculus reveals.