Oculus has been working hard recently to bring big new features to Rift and Go users through updates that brought platforms like Oculus Home, Spaces, and improvements to these features. Besides a big update to the Rift Core 2.0 Beta with the release of version 1.27, Oculus also introduced a new technique for video encoding that allows for a greater level of quality from existing high-quality 360° captures.
This new technique for encoding video was developed by Oculus CTO John Carmack, which lead to a 5K re-release of the Emmy Award-winning short Henry. You know, the one about the adorable little hedgehog voiced by Elijah Wood. You can read about this new encoding technique in a developer blog post by Carmack.
As mentioned, the update brings some new changes to Oculus Home features as well, including an update to the Dash panel that introduces even more items with screens toy your virtual home. If you aren’t familiar with the Dash panel – it’s a menu overlay that you can bring up anytime by pushing the Oculus button on your controller and it allows you to quickly access various things like your library and even the rest of your PC without having to take off your headset. So what the update does, is allow you to bring up Dash panels on various items within the Home area, so you can watch movies or play traditional PC games from any computer monitors, TVs, or arcade cabinets you choose to set up in your Home space. You’ll be able to find these new items under the new “Special Items” category in the Home inventory.
Also, though Oculus has been talking about it, we haven’t really heard much of anything about the importing user-generated content for a while now. This update changes that, however, with the new update you’ll finally be able to upload custom creations to your Home space. You’ll now be able to drop .glb files (the binary version of the glTF 2.0 file format) into the Oculus Home imports folder in your Documents directory and then place them in your Home directly. Oculus has a detailed guide on how this works for anyone who’s interested.
While the new additions that this update brings doesn’t change the experience Home offers in any major way, they are logical inclusions that will help users feel more “at home” in their virtual Home.