Oculus Rift is one of the pioneer systems when it comes to Virtual Reality technology, and now, they’re spicing up their game even more. A new update, called Oculus Rift Core 2.0 brings new features, including Oculus Dash, which are great for casual users and developers alike.
Dash is a seamless transition between using your physical PC and just having a VR headset on. It allows you to work with your apps using an overlay which allows quick app switching. It functions similarly to a regular computer monitor where you can see your user interface (UI) and work from there. Dash creates display overlays at a hardware level, allowing you to use it as you would a monitor, without the monitor. You can move your windows around and resize them however you want, making your workspace ‘virtually’ larger.
These displays work hand-in-hand with VR Studio, allowing developers to test their apps right away in an easier and more immersive manner. This would also allow multitaskers who use VR at work to take their projects to a whole new level.
It’s not just the Dash that’s making its way into the Rift Core 2.0 update, though. ‘Home’ is an additional update where users can customize their own personal VR homes with anything and everything they like. Users can add things like virtual furniture, artwork, and even toys to their Home. As a bonus, these user generated homes are saved and can be shared with friends and other people. Future updates will possibly include more features that’ll make it an even better experience. Oculus mentioned “new possibilities for community and co-presence, letting you hang out, play, and explore with others” on their blog with regards to the next addition to the program.
Oculus Rift Core 2.0 is set to be released December 2017 as a free update for existing users of the Oculus Rift. The company is proud of the new features they included in the bundle and is now eagerly awaiting feedback from their customers.