Oculus Announces Massive Overhaul of UI and Home with Rift Core 2.0 Update
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Oculus is giving the Rift its biggest update to date with a massive overhaul of its user interface, as part of what the company is calling Rift Core 2.0. Oculus’ head of Rift, Nate Mitchell, made the exciting announcement on stage during the opening keynote at Oculus Connect 4 to a room full of attendees.
Set to launch in December as a beta, Rift Core 2.0 is designed from the ground up to be more powerful and intuitive, while increasing personalization and enabling users to have the freedom to do more in VR than ever before. The update comes with two major new features—Dash and a fully redesigned Home.
Oculus Dash is a central hub that incorporates all of the Rift’s existing menus and UI into something that can be easily accessible from anywhere in virtual reality. The new Dash interface is built on the company’s React VR framework and is designed natively for Oculus’ Touch motion controllers.
With Dash, users will be able to quickly switch between apps, browse their games library, connect with friends, and even launch multiple PC desktop applications that appear as floating virtual displays that can be moved anywhere within view and resized for some serious multi-tasking in VR.
As for Oculus Home, it’s getting completely revamped as part of Rift Core 2.0. Users will be able to create and customize Home in a way that fits their unique personal style and preference. Oculus promises to provide users with plenty of fun items and decorations to use in their Home like furniture, toys, artwork, and so much more. Users can even display in-game achievements on the walls or turn their content library into a collection of retro cartridges that pop into an old-school game machine and actually be used to launch apps from inside Home.
In addition, users will also be able to share their Home spaces with others or go visit theirs to see what they created. Oculus says it plans to make the experience even more social by letting users create shared spaces and hang out together with friends in the future. The beta starts this December and will be a free update for everyone with a Rift.