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Oculus Announces Open Beta for 'Rift Core 2.0' Begins in December

Oculus Announces Open Beta for 'Rift Core 2.0' Begins in December

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Oculus is preparing to release its highly-anticipated ‘Rift Core 2.0’ beta update, which will bring major performance and UI improvements to the platform. Now, as part of the Rift Core 2.0 beta release in December, the company says that users can also expect a newly revamped desktop app experience.

Oculus first announced the Rift Core 2.0 update at OC4 last month, where the company teased that it will be the biggest software update released for the Rift to date. It is a significant update that will bring a complete overhaul to the Oculus Home experience, as well as introduce ‘Dash’, a new system menu designed around Oculus’ Touch motion controllers that can be accessed within any app and allow users to also run desktop PC applications in VR.

It’s worth noting that in order to take full advantage of new features like Oculus’ virtual desktop and the Dash overlay functionality in Rift Core 2.0, users must be running Windows 10 on their PC.

“Rift Core 2.0 pushes the boundaries of VR computing. Dash’s multitasking, window pinning, and Oculus Desktop features are resource-heavy system tasks we’re introducing while still maintaining current performance standards,” Oculus explained in its official blog post. “To ensure the best Rift Core 2.0 experience, we recommend upgrading your system to Windows 10 if you haven’t already.”

In addition, Oculus also revealed that the Rift Core 2.0 update will introduce a revamped Oculus desktop application, designed to bring users the latest and greatest from across the Oculus platform and make it easier than ever to discover new games to play, immersive experiences to explore, and connect with friends more efficiently in VR.

To get access to the beta, Rift Core 2.0 is an optional update that users must opt-in for via the Public Test Channel to install. Oculus emphasizes that the Rift Core 2.0 beta release will still be in its early stages, so users may encounter some bugs throughout the beta period. Oculus says they are looking forward to user feedback and will continue to make changes and improvements to Rift Core 2.0 as it leads up to the official full release sometime next year.

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