January Platform Updates: Rift Core 2.0 Beta

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
January 18, 2018

We’re back with a monthly look at the newest updates rolling out across the Oculus Platform. This month’s updates deliver improved performance and ease-of-use across Rift. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

Rift Core 2.0 Beta: Streamlined Access and Improved Performance
Rift Core 2.0 launched in beta just over a month ago, and it didn’t take long for the community to make its mark. We’ve seen some amazing new Home customization and novel ways to use Dash. Along the way, we’ve been hard at work addressing community feedback and fixing performance issues.

Today, we’re rolling out some changes to make it easier to access Rift Core 2.0. Now, everyone has access to our updated Oculus desktop app, and you can opt in to the Rift Core 2.0 beta even if you aren’t enrolled in the Public Test Channel.

From your Settings page, simply select “Beta.” Classic Oculus Home is turned on by default, as shown here:

To opt in to the Rift Core 2.0 beta, just toggle the “Use Classic Oculus Home” option to off. You can turn Rift Core 2.0 beta on and off at any time—without having to download and install a new runtime.

This beta period has included a lot of work to improve performance and function across Oculus Home and Dash. You should see a number of rendering, stability, and performance fixes throughout.

In Home, you can now “lock” editing, preventing changes to your home when you’ve achieved the perfect look—and unlock edits when new inspiration strikes. You can access the lock option from the Settings panel in the Home menu (accessed via the menu button on your left Touch controller).

Dash’s interaction and graphical updates include improved performance when running apps acquired from outside the Oculus Store—and address compatibility issues with various Oculus Desktop applications.

Improved App Management
As part of the updated desktop app, everyone can now save games and experiences to their Wishlist on the Oculus Store—and get notified when saved apps go on sale.

You can also now install and manage your VR apps across more than one hard drive or Windows folder.

Last but not least, no more guessing about your playing habits. New Library details give you information about your use of each game and app on your PC, including playtime hours and achievements.

Keep the Feedback Coming
We have an exciting year ahead for Rift, and your feedback and ideas help us deliver the best VR experience possible. Join the Rift Core 2.0 community on UserVoice to suggest new features and improvements—and stay tuned for more developments in 2018.

— The Oculus Team