A new update has come to Oculus Home, allowing players of the Oculus Rift to create ‘parties’ in a similar fashion to that offered on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network. Allowing up to four players in a single party, the Parties of Rift feature operates across the entirety of Oculus Home and is not limited to in-game chat.
While the Oculus Home application launched with a friends system it was arguably lacklustre compared to the console and Steam offerings. Oculus VR has made big strives to rectify this situation of late. This latest addition is just the most recent in a long line of updates.
The official line from Oculus VR reads: “Today we’re rolling out an update to PublicTest that includes a new feature: Parties for Rift, so you can talk live with friends. In Oculus Home or Universal Menu, you can select a friend and choose “Invite to Party.” Friends in your party can chat with you across Rift apps, or wherever you go in VR. Each party can support a total of four people at a time and each person must have the PublicTest build installed to use Parties on Rift. Access to Parties will be rolling out gradually over the next twenty-four hours, so if you don’t see it right away, be patient.”
Other recent updates to the Oculus Home application include offering detailed release notes for recent app updates, including the Oculus system software, from the Updates screen in Library, and a quick launch system for all Oculus Rift apps, even those purchased from outside of the Oculus Store. This is of course in addition to the proprietary mixed reality capture system.
Oculus Home is likely to receive further renovation as this year’s holiday season approaches in anticipation of an influx of new users, especially given the recent price drop for Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch.