January Rift Platform Updates: Getting Social with Public Homes and Livestreaming

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
January 8, 2019

Welcome to the first platform update of 2019! With the holidays behind us, it’s time to look ahead at the features and enhancements coming soon to Rift. We’ve got plenty to discuss in coming months, but for now we’re going to focus on two new social features: Public Homes and Facebook Livestreaming. These features are live now for anyone in the Rift Public Test Channel, and will roll out to everyone later this month.

Play Host with Public Homes in Rift
It’s a little early for spring cleaning, but now’s the perfect time to get your Oculus Home ready for visitors. Today, your personal space in virtual reality gets even better with the Public Homes beta, a new way to open your Home to visitors and the best way to explore unique Homes from the broader Rift community. Oculus Home is already a fun social hub to enjoy with friends, but now it’s also a destination to meet and mingle with the broader community, giving you the chance to show off collected loot and interior design prowess, and perhaps make some new friends along the way.

We'll recommend a few Homes for you to visit, and we're asking the Public Test Channel community to help us build from there. Open your Home to visitors by setting it to “Public” and you'll also get a chance to appear in a rotating list of recommended Homes for others to explore. Just go under “Places” and you’ll see a roster of Homes available, each packed with custom items and unique layouts, so it’s easy to find new people who share your interests. Of course, it’s now the best way to pick up decorating tips straight from the community, like walking through an “open house” in the real world.

The Public Homes beta comes with a suite of tools to ensure your safety and privacy. As host, you have full control over the guest list: you can accept or decline any request to see your place, and you can disable the “Public” option at any time. You can also report abusive behavior, mute visitors, and more, from inside the Rift headset.

If you'd like to join us early, simply opt into the Public Test Channel and make your Home “Public” in the Home menu.

Livestream to Facebook Live Now
Today, we’re thrilled to announce Facebook Livestreaming is available on Rift. Now you can share VR experiences with friends, family, and the world at large, by showing them exactly what you’re seeing in your headset, live. Select the “Livestream to Facebook” button from the Dash Menu when you’re in VR, and you’ll instantly start livestreaming to Facebook. Note, developers can opt in or out of this feature, so livestreaming may not be available on all apps. Echo VR, VR Sports Challenge, and Dead & Buried are just a few of the hundreds of apps ready to stream today.

Stay tuned for additional updates, feature enhancements, and more. And don’t forget to send us your thoughts and feedback through UserVoice as we work to build new features across the Oculus Platform!

— The Oculus Team