Facebook’s standalone VR headset Oculus Quest has loved robust gross sales since its debut final yr, and continued so as to add each new options and refinements at a surprisingly regular tempo. That’s persevering with this month with a brand new Quest “system experience” that consists of a number of quality-of-life person interface tweaks, one among which is decidedly larger than the others.
Previously, the Quest UI targeted your consideration totally on a single window, however going ahead, it’ll help a number of home windows without delay — a characteristic that’s debuting in Oculus Browser, so customers will be capable of take a look at a video in a single window whereas studying or doing one thing else in different home windows. Facebook says that multi-window help will come to Chats and the Store in a while, amongst different 2D apps; it’s not prone to be supported for 3D apps as a consequence of their increased processing calls for.
The Quest can also be getting a redesigned common menu, streamlining the one which has been seen because the machine’s residence display screen right into a extra compact and icon-driven UI. In addition to a cleaner show of battery energy, wi-fi standing, and the present time, some beforehand buried settings equivalent to quantity and brightness are being made simpler to search out, whereas generally used apps will get the identical precedence therapy.
Apps may also be capable of floor the common menu with out the necessity to return to the house display screen, together with extra controls which are precious to particular person titles, equivalent to recording movies and photographs, sharing content material, and connecting to different customers for multiplayer experiences. This shall be a part of a brand new “immersive overlays” characteristic that may require app-by-app help, starting with WebXR apps launched from the Oculus Browser.
One hitch: These enhancements are launching as Experimental Features, in order that they’ll have to be toggled on manually fairly than showing by default if you replace your Quest. And in fact, because of Oculus’ staggered system replace methodology, it’s possible you’ll be ready some time earlier than the brand new launch seems in your machine. Facebook is promising the launch for “later this month,” so hold your Quest plugged in and in standby mode for those who’re thinking about making an attempt the brand new options.