Using Oculus Apps and Features

Using Your Dash and Passthrough+ with Oculus Rift S

Learn how your Dash Works, and how to enter Passthrough+.

You can use Dash in your Oculus Rift S or Rift to access PC Desktop apps, view and open items in your VR Library, and adjust other system settings and services from anywhere in VR.

To open or close Dash, tap the Oculus button on your right Touch controller while you're in VR. From here you'll have access to multiple Dash panels, which are controllable from your Dash belt. These include:

  • Explore: Browse featured games and new releases.
  • Library: View your downloaded and purchased games and apps.
  • Store: Open and browse the Oculus Store.
  • Social: View your friends list, requests, and party invitations.
  • Notifications: Check for recent app updates or other Oculus notifications.
  • Settings : Control settings for your headset and sensors.
  • Home: Return to your Oculus Home.
  • Oculus Desktop: View and access your computer's desktop and applications within VR.


  • You can use the grip button while pointing at Dash elements to grab and reposition them around you.
  • You can also move your Dash belt closer or further away from you by grabbing it and repositioning it.

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Passthrough+ is a feature for Oculus Rift S that allows you to step outside your view in VR to see a real-time view of your surroundings. Passthrough+ uses the sensors on your Rift S to approximate what you would see if you were able to look directly through the front of your headset and into the real world around you.

To be able to quickly enter Passthrough+, you'll need to enable it:

  • Put on your Rift S headset.
  • Press the Oculus button to pull up your Dash.
  • Select Settings.
  • Set up your home button to enable Passthrough+ on double click.

Once you enable Passthrough+, you can switch into Passthrough mode by:

  • Pressing the Oculus button on your right Touch controller twice.
  • You can double press the Oculus button again to exit Passthrough+.
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Virutal Desktop

Learn how to access your computer's desktop from your Rift S.

With Oculus Desktop, you can open a window to access apps from your computer's desktop inside your VR experience.

To open an Oculus Desktop window in VR:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer and put on your headset.
  2. Open Dash by selecting the Oculus button on your right Touch controller.
  3. Select Oculus Desktop from the right section of your Dash belt to open a Desktop window.

To control your Desktop window:

  • Use your Touch controllers to point, select and interact with applications in Oculus Desktop.
  • To grip and move individual Desktop windows and place them in your virtual space, hold the trigger button to select a window and then press the grip button to move the window into your virtual space.
  • Use the row of buttons in the lower right corner of each Desktop window to give you access to extra panel functions:
    • Pin: Allows you to pin the window so that it remains up and visible, even when you dismiss Dash.
    • Keyboard: Opens a virtual keyboard that allows you to type within your desktop applications.
    • Minimize: Hides the open Desktop window.
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Oculus Home

Understand how to set up and use Home in Oculus Rift.

In Home, you can “lock” editing your environment, preventing changes to the items and designs you've customized.

To "lock" the design of your Home:

  1. Put on your Rift or Rift S headset.
  2. In your Home, press the menu button on your left touch controller.
  3. Select Preferences from the left sidebar of your Home menu.
  4. Select Editor from the Preferences menu.
  5. Next to Lock Home Arrangement select to prevent changes to your item placement and design of your home.

You can unlock your Home arrangement by returning to the settings panel from your Home menu.

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Home allows you to customize your VR space, play with interactive objects, show achievements and experiences and browse and interact with your friend's Homes. When you first enter your Home, a tutorial will walk you through the basic functionality. You can re-enable this tutorial later through the Home settings menu if you want to run it again.

Using Oculus Home Menus:

To bring up the Home menus, press the menu button on the left Touch controller or push the menu button on your virtual wristwatch with your finger while in VR. From the menu, you'll have access to multiple Home panels:

  • Overview: Shows a summary of your current home configuration. You can also modify your Home's privacy settings from here.
  • Guest List: Allows you to review who is currently visiting your Home and invite your friends to join you.
  • Places:Visit recommended Homes, or your friends' Homes that you have permission to access.
  • Inventory: Access various customization elements. Use the grip trigger on either Touch controller to grab elements and place them in your Home.
  • Notifications panel: Collect elements you've earned in VR.
  • Preferences: Modify various Home settings, including adjusting your navigation, editor and audio settings.
  • Help: Find tutorials on how to interact with your Home.

Grabbing and Positioning Elements:

When in Home, you can reach out and grab decorative and interactive elements. From a distance, point with your index finger with either hand to bring up a laser pointer and use the grab trigger to grab and reposition the element you have selected. While grabbing an element, you can use your Touch controllers to manipulate its position and rotation:

  • Pushing the thumbstick forward and back will push the element you're grabbing further and closer. If the object is an interactive element, you can pull the item all the way back to your hand to hold it and use it interactively.
  • Pushing the thumbstick side to side will rotate the element you're holding.
  • While holding an element in the air, pushing the thumbstick in so that it clicks will change the axis that the element rotates around when pushing the thumbstick side to side.
  • Pressing the B or Y button while holding an element will cause it to be put back in your inventory.
  • You can grab multiple elements by pointing and pressing A, X, or either trigger to group select multiple objects. When you have multiple objects selected, grabbing any object in the selection will grab and manipulate all of them simultaneously.
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Using your Oculus Rift S or Rift, your Home can be customized with toys, furniture, artwork and more. You can visit and interact with your friend's Home using Oculus Rift S or Rift.

To visit your friend's Home:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.
  2. Click your name from the bottom left menu to open your Friends List.
  3. Select the friend whose Home you want to visit.
  4. Click "Visit Home", then put on your headset.

To visit your friend's Home from within VR:

  1. Open the Oculus app on your computer and put on your headset.
  2. Press the menu button on your left Touch controller to access the Home menu.
  3. Select Places from the left sidebar.
  4. Point at the Home you want to visit, press the grip trigger on your Touch controller to grab the Home’s sphere, and then break the sphere to teleport to that Home.
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Oculus Video

Choose your own videos or browse content by categories, then watch it on a gigantic virtual screen.

When you add your own videos to Oculus Video on your Oculus Rift S or Rift, you can add playback parameters. To add playback parameters, create a .txt file and add it to the folder where you're storing your videos (example: Windows Videos folder on your PC computer).

Text Format and Parameters

When creating your .txt file, use the following format and parameters:



"title": "movieTitle",

"format": "format",

"audio_encoding": "audio"



  • movieTitle - If no title is specified, Oculus Video displays the filename as the movie title.
  • format
    • (no value) - Full screen 2D. (default)
    • 2D - Full screen 2D.
    • 3D - 3D with left and right images in side-by-side anamorphic format.
    • 3DLR - 3D with left and right images in side-by-side anamorphic format.
    • 3DLRF - 3D with left and right images in side-by-side format.
    • 3DTB - 3D with left and right images in top-to-bottom anamorphic format.
    • 3DTBF - 3D with left and right images in top-to-bottom format.
  • audio
    • (no value) - down mix multi-channel audio to stereo. (default)
    • TBE_6_2 - 8-channel spatial audio in .tbe format. Learn more about 360 spatial audio.

Filename Tags

You can also embed tags into the filename of your media file. For example, naming your media file MyMovie_180x180_barrel.mp4 tells Oculus Video that it's a 2D 180-degree video with barrel-map distortion.

Here's the full list of filename tags:

2D 360-degree Video Tags

360-degree spherical distortion rectilinear format:



360-degree barrel distortion rectilinear format:


360-degree in cubemap format:


3D 360-degree Video Tags

3D 360-degree spherical distortion side-by-side rectilinear format:



3D 360-degree barrel distortion top-to-bottom rectilinear format:



3D 360-degree cubemap top-to-bottom format:


2D 180-degree Video Tags

180-degree in spherical distortion rectilinear format:





180-degree in barrel distortion rectilinear format:



3D 180-degree Video Tags

3D 180-degree in spherical distortion side-by-side rectilinear format:



3D 180-degree in spherical distortion top-to-bottom rectilinear format:



Combining Configuration Files and Filename Tags

You can use both filename tags and configuration file parameters together. Configuration file parameters take precedence over filename tags.





"title": "Facebook 360 3D Spatial Audio Demo",

"audio_encoding": "TBE_6_2"


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