Oculus Update 2.0’s Beta Is Now Available

by Jamie Feltham • December 6th, 2017

Update: And it’s now available – enjoy!

Original story: The biggest update to the Oculus platform yet is just a few days away. At least the beta is.

Oculus’ Rift Core 2.0 update, first announced at Oculus Connect 4 back in October, will be arriving as a beta on December 6th. If you want to take part in the beta you’ll need to opt-in via the Oculus desktop app.

Rift Core 2.0 introduces two major new features. The first is Dash, Oculus’ new user-interface designed for its Touch controllers and accessible within any VR application. It allows you to quickly switch between experiences and even summon standard desktop applications and internet browsers from within VR that appear as virtual windows. You might bring up Spotify to create a playlist for some Robo Recall action, for example, or search the web to solve some of Wilson’s Heart’s harder puzzles.

The other big addition is a redesigned Oculus Home that’s fully customizable. For the first time ever you’ll be able to decorate your own space how you see fit, right down to display Oculus achievements on your walls and even housing your content collection as retro videogames that you access by inserting into a console. Better yet, you’ll be able to bring friends into your space to show your designs off, too.

Check it out:

Exactly how many of these features will be in the beta is unclear, nor do we know how long it will take to launch a stable build of the update.

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  • OkinKun

    Oh wow! Are they updating Home as well as Dash? 😀 I wasn’t expecting Home features for a few months still lol!

  • Christian Vogelgesang

    Is it possible to create own scenes in the UE4 and use them in the Oculus Home?

  • Jim P

    The Christmas tree is in the way this December. I might burn the tree down. Thanks honey. I need a VR cave.

  • Bundy

    Finally I can play Elite the same way in VR that I do normally. With Netflix on at the same time.

  • Casus Belli

    Jamie, can you update the article to include a warning from Doom VFR owners please? Core 2.0 interferes with the Oculus fix Valve sourced making the game unplayable, thanks.

    • Stephen Gray

      Carlsberg don’t do VR code, but if they did…. 🙂