Earlier this week Fb introduced it could quickly introduce two of Oculus Quest’s most-requested options: a number of accounts on the identical gadget and recreation sharing throughout that gadget.
It’s a giant deal for the platform, letting mates and households maintain their progress, mates and different options separate from others. Mixed with the latest addition of gifting on the Oculus Quest retailer, it makes the platform higher to make use of. However there’s nonetheless quite a lot of issues Quest and Quest 2 nonetheless must get proper.
No, I’m not speaking about the identical previous specs or recreation wishlists – I’m speaking concerning the checklist of essential software program and platform options which can be both half-baked or simply fully lacking from the Quest expertise. Right here’s hoping Fb has these items on its guidelines.
Higher In-VR Discovery
The Oculus Retailer on browser and app is definitely fairly nice. It makes it simple to shortly uncover new releases, seek for upcoming video games and even view an alphabetical checklist of each app launched on Quest up to now. However the story isn’t fairly the identical contained in the headset itself.
Click on on ‘Retailer’ in Oculus Dwelling and also you’ll primarily be rolling the cube on what apps the headset will present you. There’s quite a few classes to scroll by means of, however they’re largely all pushed by what you’ve performed earlier than. There’s no technique to shortly discover new releases, browse all titles or pre-order upcoming video games. On-device purchasing is a pivotal technique of discovering new content material, and Quest does builders a disservice making new video games so exhausting to seek out.
Higher Media Sharing
Sharing your screenshots & movies on the primary Oculus Quest was so convoluted we couldn’t presumably think about a second headset launching with out drastic enhancements. However Quest 2 nonetheless makes us soar by means of infuriating loops to share our VR content material, and infrequently doesn’t even seize that content material proper.
By some means, practically two years on from Quest 1’s launch, recorded movies nonetheless exit of sync with audio regularly and gained’t file in 1080p. And whenever you do need to share content material you’ve got the choice of both importing to Fb in-headset, or having to plug it right into a PC through USB and seize it by means of SideQuest. You may as well get 1080p content material… once more utilizing SideQuest hacks. It’s painfully inaccessible – Quest ought to provide a broader vary of sharing choices from an easy accessibility level, just like the Oculus app. For now, you’ll be able to try our information on importing screenshots and movies to PC proper right here.
A Social Oculus Dwelling
You ever discover how most of the objects in the usual Quest 2 house setting are available twos? Two swinging chairs, couches, and so forth. It begs the query; why can’t we share that house with another person? Oculus Quest has first rate get together invitation methods and so forth to get you from game-to-game with your folks, however it’s a giant disgrace you’ll be able to’t share any between-app downtime in your private areas collectively.
Fb may argue that you need to be doing that in, say, Venues or the upcoming Horizon, however the quickest technique of assembly mates in VR ought to absolutely be the primary world you boot up. Consider one thing like Rift’s Dwelling options on Quest – perhaps additionally introduce some easy boardgames and so forth (shout out to Rooms!) and also you’re a great way there.
That’s our checklist of issues Oculus Quest nonetheless must get proper. What options do you suppose are nonetheless lacking? Tell us within the feedback under!
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