Platform Power-Ups: Experience Improvements on Rift and Gear VR

Oculus Blog
Posted by Oculus VR
September 26, 2017

Today, we want to share some of our favorite recent updates designed to make VR more intuitive and enjoyable than ever.

Whether you own Gear VR or Rift, we want your experience across the Oculus platform to be as smooth, social, and seamless as possible. That’s why we’re always working on ways to make it easier to connect with friends, adding convenient new features, and optimizing performance to improve your overall experience in VR.

Check out some of this summer’s highlights.


Smoother Shopping
By popular demand, we’ve added a quick and easy way to request refunds for content purchases for both Rift and Gear VR on the Oculus Store. Starting today, you can request a refund on most apps and experiences purchased through the Oculus Store by visiting your Purchase History page. Not all purchases are eligible for automated refunds, and some limitations do apply. Check out our content refund policies (Rift and Mobile) for more info.

Early Access for Better Testing
Get early access to unreleased Rift system software updates with our Public Test Channel. Try the latest Rift features before anyone else and provide feedback to help make the experience even better. Click here for more information and instructions on how to enroll.

We’re also excited to announce a brand-new public test channel for mobile, your way to get first-access to new software releases on Gear VR. From the Oculus mobile app, you’ll see an option to Opt-in to get Beta releases of Gear VR Service. Learn more here.


Your Rift Library, All in One Place
We’ve made it easier than ever to manage all your Rift content, straight from your Oculus Library. Now you have the option to display all of your apps that support Rift, even if you didn’t download them from the Oculus Store. That means you can quickly launch into your favorite experiences directly from Oculus Home.

Easy Installs
Moving from one VR experience to the next should be seamless and fun. Now you can download, install, and launch a brand-new app—all without ever taking off your headset. We hope this makes it easier than ever to explore new immersive content and expand your personal metaverse.

Parties for Rift
PC VR got a little more social with the recent launch of Oculus Parties on Rift. Now from Oculus Home or the Universal Menu, you can invite up to three friends to join a voice call and chat with you wherever you go in VR.

Three-Sensor Setup, Made Easy
In January, we ran a four-part blog series dedicated to nailing a killer room-scale VR setup. Since then, we incorporated a guided setup procedure for three-sensor configurations directly into our software, which will automatically detect if you have three sensors plugged in and prompt you accordingly.

Additionally, the Oculus Store now supports 360°-only apps, games, and experiences. We’ll tell you which apps and games require a 360° tracking configuration, so you can make an informed purchase.


Recent Gear VR updates include the redesigned profile card to show your Oculus Avatar and enable in-VR friending for the first time. To view someone’s profile, just select them from your friends list or the friend request tab. Depending on their privacy settings, you’ll also see mutual friends and your shared experiences on Gear VR.

The Road Ahead
All this is just the beginning. We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve the Oculus Platform, and we look forward to introducing new advances both large and small in the months and years ahead.

— The Oculus Team