Oculus’ Rift Core 2.0 update is officially available in public beta today.
The update is major overhaul in a number of ways, including changing up the headset’s ‘Home’ and adding ‘Dash’, to run traditional desktop apps in VR. Meaning, while watching VR content or playing a game, users can access Spotify, chat with friends or look at documents.
Updates to ‘Home’–the space you sit in after you’ve popped on the headset, but before selecting an experience–include the ability to personalize Oculus Home and invite friends to come hang out in your virtual “home”. And, instead of a pop-up interface of content, your avatar will actually pop cartridges into a retro console.
The update also includes an update to its desktop app to make it easier to discover new content and connect with friends. The updated UI includes:
- Oculus Updates: The latest Oculus news, improvements, and features.
- Oculus Store: Featured titles, the latest releases, sales, and (new!) quick access to Wishlists—now you can add and remove apps, view your Wishlists in Library, and get notified when saved apps go on sale.
- Your Library: Quick access to launch your most recently played titles.
- Friends: View the apps your friends own or have recently played so you can play together, and see friends of friends to connect with new players.
To learn how to get beta access, visit this post from Oculus.