Since the game developer conference is not happening as planned, Facebook is instead making a series of Oculus-related announcements this week about the so-called Game Developers Showcase. The first big news, however, mainly concerns Facebook's own software: The Oculus Quest is currently being fundamentally revised. According to the company, this is a step towards VR to become the next computer platform.
Currently, the main quest user interface includes a somewhat confusing floating menu system that appears in a virtual living room when you press the Oculus button. The new menu appears to be reduced and easier to navigate. It can also be accessed directly in apps to access system functions without returning to the home interface.
Oculus also supports multiple windows for Quest, starting with the built-in web browser. You can open, close, and rearrange windows around you, for example with three giant floating monitors. For example, Oculus suggests watching a gameplay video in one, reading news in the next, and (of course) checking in Facebook updates on the other. Support for other apps like the store and chats will come later.
"The VR platform of the future must enable people to easily multitask, navigate seamlessly between apps, stay connected and simply do more," says a blog post from Facebook. "From games to media and entertainment to social experiences and tasks, VR will be the next computer platform to support the full range of applications that people expect from their devices like phones and laptops today."
However, the Oculus Quest is currently primarily a standalone game console, and Facebook also underlines its success in this regard. More than 20 titles, according to the company, generated over $ 1 million in revenue from Quest alone on Quest alone, and 90 percent of people who used the headset over the holidays had never owned an Oculus product before . Facebook says it is "thrilled to always welcome new people to VR".
The new software updates will be introduced this month. However, you need to enable them yourself in the Experimental Features section of the Settings menu to get them first.