Today, we announced Rift Core 2.0, a complete overhaul of Rift’s core experience that lets people do more in VR than ever before.
Just as we’re pushing forward with hardware, we’re realizing VR’s potential through software. We’ve shipped 19 updates to Rift’s software to date, and this will be our biggest milestone yet.
Rift Core 2.0 is designed from the ground up to be more powerful, more intuitive, and more personal. Whether you dive into VR on a weekly basis or spend time daily developing your own apps, we want you to be able to take full advantage of your PC. That’s why we built Rift Core 2.0.
Let’s take a look at two new systems: Dash and the fully redesigned Home.
Dash: Rift UI, Redefined
Dash is a radically redesigned system interface that opens up new possibilities for VR and immersive computing.
Dash rolls up all of Rift’s existing menus and UI into a central hub that’s instantly accessible from anywhere in VR—all built natively for Touch.
Dash runs as an overlay inside your current VR experience, so you’ll be able to quickly switch from one app to the next, open your library, connect with friends, and even use the rest of your PC without any extra steps. Not only does this make VR more intuitive and convenient, it also lets you multitask like never before—a huge plus for creators and developers who use VR while they work.
We’ve built true virtual displays at the hardware level, so you can run multiple apps and windows, all with full graphic fidelity and performance. You can peel off individual windows, place them anywhere, and easily resize and move them for an infinite workspace. Developers can even debug their VR apps while inside them, using Visual Studio, Unity, and Unreal.
Dash is built in React VR—our go-to framework for UI—so in the future we’ll explore how developers can plug in to add more features and functionality.
Home: Customize, Personalize, and Explore
With a new UI, Home is now free to be yours—a place that reflects your own personality and sense of style. We’re excited to share the first steps toward our vision for the future of Home today.
With Rift Core 2.0, you’ll be able to customize your Home experience—with toys, furniture, artwork, and more that you can place in virtual space as you see fit.
You can put your various in-game achievements on display, and see your library come to life as a collection of retro cartridges that you can actually use to launch apps.
Because Home is persistent, you can share yours with friends and visit theirs to see what they’ve created. In the future, we’ll open up new possibilities for community and co-presence, letting you hang out, play, and explore with others.
Rift Core 2.0, Coming December 2017
We’ll release the beta for Rift Core 2.0 as a free update this December, and we can’t wait to see the community’s response.
We’re committed to building the future of VR as the next computing platform and an essential part of daily life. With Rift Core 2.0, we’ve made some progress we think you’ll like.
— The Oculus Team