Oculus Release Notes

Wondering what's new with Oculus? Check out our release notes to learn about the latest new features and enhancements we've made to your Oculus experience.

You can also see what's happening with Oculus Browser in the Browser release notes.

Week of November 11, 2019


Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 11.0 release notes


Oculus Link/Remote Rendering

Remote rendering for Oculus Quest is now available! Check out our blog post and support center articles for details on connecting Quest to your compatible PC. Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for the feature to appear within your headset. If you still do not see the feature after that time, please reboot your Quest headset and log out and back into your account on the Oculus PC software.

Search

We’ve made the following updates and enhancements to in-VR search to help you find the new content you’re looking for faster:

  • Improved discoverability to make it easier to find new content.
  • Enhanced navigation functionality to make it easier to scroll and use the search feature.
  • Added an autofill Search bar that populates when hovering over an autocomplete tag.

App Installs

Any pending or in-process app installs will now complete before your headset goes to sleep. This means that if you started a download and then took off your headset, your app should finish downloading before the headset goes into sleep mode.

Environments for Quest

We’ve added the new Environments feature to Quest. Environments allow you to change the world that surrounds you while in your Quest Home.

  • You’ll be able to see your environment when you first put on your headset, use the Oculus store, update your settings, or browse your library.
  • You can view and change your environment from your Settings panel. To do this point at your bottom toolbar and select Settings > See all > Virtual Environments. Then point and choose the environment that you want to apply.
  • Please note, to ensure optimal quality and stability, this feature will be rolled out gradually over the coming weeks.
  • Once the feature is fully rolled out, look out for additional environment options coming in future releases.

Experiments

This section includes new features we’re testing for future releases. You can opt-in to experimental features by selecting Settings > Experiments in-VR. Please note, the experiments section includes features that are still being developed, so you may encounter anything from minor-issues to app-crashes.

  • New High Score Shelf in VR (Beat Saber): See High scores from Friends in VR Feed when playing Beat Saber
  • Achievements in VR: See achievements (new levels, trophies etc. in games) from Friends in VR Feed
  • Personalization in VR: Users can favorite or hide apps/genres, which will either boost or remove them from the Explore Feed.

Rift and Rift S build 1.43 release notes


Home

  • You can now use the Scale Tool to change an object’s size to make it larger or smaller.
  • To scale an object, grab the object, make sure the scale icon is highlighted in blue, then push your thumbstick to the right or left to scale the size up or down.
  • Keep in mind, some special objects can’t be used with the scale tool.
    • For a more in-depth tutorial, check out the Oculus support site for our new Oculus Home help guide coming soon!

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue that produced a recurring error and prevented Dash from launching when no internet connection was present.

Week of October 14, 2019


Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 10.0 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of October 14, 2019.

Casting

We’ve made the following updates and enhancements to casting features:
  • Quest now supports all generations of Chromecast as well as some Chromecast built-in devices (NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Google Home Hub, and some smart TVs).
  • You can now start a casting session in-VR, as an alternative to using the Oculus Mobile app. To do so, select Sharing > Cast and choose the device you want to cast to.
  • Chromecast latency, connection stability and picture quality have all been improved.
  • Feedback when a casting connection is established or broken has been improved.

Notification Preferences

We’ve made some improvements to notification preferences from in-VR to clarify that the preference set in the headset are different from those set in the mobile application.
  • To access your notification settings in-VR, select Settings > Notifications and adjust the toggles to reflect your settings preferences for each notification type.

Settings

We’ve made improvements to the in-VR settings that allow you to better personalize your VR experience.
  • To access your settings in-VR, select Settings and adjust the toggles to reflect your preferences.

New Experiments

This section includes new features we’re testing for future releases. You can opt-in to experimental features by selecting Settings > Experiments in-VR. Please note, the experiments section includes features that are still being developed, so you may encounter anything from minor-issues to app-crashes.
  • On Quest, you can now see when your friends beat your high score in games like Beat Saber. You’ll be able to see these updates in the Oculus mobile app, as well as in-VR.
  • On Quest, you can now see a curated set of trending and popular videos of people playing games on Quest.
  • On Quest, you can now see a list of the “The Best 5” of a certain type of content, such as the “The Best 5 Sports Games, The Best 5 Games to Break A Sweat, The Best 5 Apps for the Weekend, etc.

Miscellaneous

  • We’ve made system updates that improve performance when running some applications.
  • We’ve created new icons and optimized our iconography for consistency, improved performance and enhanced readability.

Rift and Rift S build 1.42 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of October 14, 2019.

Dash

  • We have added a new search feature within the Dash Store tab. This will allow you to more quickly find the games and apps you’re looking for.

Home

  • When you drop into Home for the first time, you’ll now see a new brief overview of the features and potential of Oculus Home.
  • We added a new toggle for automatically launching Home. Switching this setting off will stop Home from auto-launching in scenarios like jumping into VR and exiting out of apps. You can find this option within the Settings > General menu inside Oculus desktop app.
  • We have added a new agreement to the UGC upload process. Before a new UGC item can be uploaded for use, you are required to attest that you own this content and that it does not violate any trademarks.

Week of September 30, 2019


Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 9.0 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of September 30, 2019.

Passthrough+

  • We’ve upgraded the previous version of Passthrough on Quest to Passthrough+.
  • This updated version of Passthrough improves the representation of the real world around you by enhancing estimations of the depth, size and distance of objects in your real world environment.

Tracking

  • We know that many Quest owners use their headset to watch their favorite streams, shows, movies and more. To make this easier, you now have the option to turn off Quest's standard inside-out tracking when you don't need it, like for watching movies in the dark or dimly-lit rooms.
  • Tracking adjustments can be made in one of two ways:
    • If tracking is unable to function in your environment, an error message will provide an option to continue without tracking.
    • You can also manually turn off tracking by selecting Settings > Device > Tracking and switch the toggle to turn tracking off.
  • Remember that Guardian boundaries—and some apps—require tracking. Neither will work if tracking is off. To help avoid injury or damage, you should only use your Quest in a stationary standing or seated position when tracking is turned off.

Compatible Go/Gear VR apps for Quest

  • If you own one of 50+ compatible Oculus Go or Gear VR apps, you’ll now have the opportunity to download them from your library and play them on your Oculus Quest.
  • If you purchased a Go application before Sept. 25 and a Quest version is now available, you'll have the option to upgrade for free before the end of the year.
    • Learn more about how this program works and what apps are available for Quest.

Notifications

  • You can now adjust and customize your notification preferences from in-VR.
    • To access your notification settings in-VR, select Settings > Notifications and adjust the toggles to reflect your settings preferences for each notification type.

Manual Updates

  • You can now manually start an over the air (OTA) software update from your settings panel in-VR. This feature allows you to check for and begin software updates at any time once the update is made available for your headset.
    • To check for updates, select Settings > About > Software Update.

Remote Wipe

  • You can now perform a remote wipe from https://www.oculus.com on a Quest headset you no longer have direct access to.
    • Learn more about how to remote wipe on an Oculus Quest.

New Experiments

This section includes new features we’re testing for future releases. You can opt-in to experimental features by selecting Settings > Experiments in-VR. Please note, the experiments section includes features that are still being developed, and so you may encounter anything from minor-issues to app-crashes.

  • We’ve added People You May Knowsuggestions to your Quest in-VR feed. People You May Know is a feature designed to help you connect with people you may know who are also using Oculus.
    • These are the same suggestions you may have seen in the Oculus mobile and desktop apps, now available as part of the in-VR experience.
  • On Quest, you can now see when your friends beat your high score in games like Beat Saber. You’ll be able to see these updates in the Oculus mobile app, as well as in-VR.

Payments

Miscellaneous

  • Performance improvements when running some applications

Rift and Rift S build 1.41 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of September 30, 2019.

Home

  • We’ve added an Announcements window that shows when you first open your Home. Here you can find info about new items, reward packs, friend’s homes, and more.
  • When you receive a new item for your home, the blue notification indicator will show until you pull the item out of your inventory.

Payments

Desktop App

  • We’ve made updates to improve the performance of your library panel and reduce overall load time in the Oculus desktop app.

Week of August 19, 2019


Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 8.0 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of August 19, 2019.

VR settings
  • We’ve added an option in the settings panel for night mode. This option changes your headset display to warmer colors, which may be easier on your eyes.
Guardian
  • You can now clear all existing Guardian maps from your Guardian settings menu.
    • To do this, select Guardian from your settings panel, scroll to the bottom of the Guardian options and select Clear next to the Clear Boundary History option.
Sharing
  • You can now share your in-VR screenshots from your gallery to Facebook.
    • To do this, select Sharing > Share Photos,select the photo you want to share, choose your audience, add a caption and click Share to Facebook.

Rift and Rift S build 1.40 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of August 19, 2019.

Dash
  • We've added a new button to the Dash belt to select and view individual Virtual Desktop panels.
  • We've improved stability and performance of Virtual Desktop. Please make sure your version of Windows 10 is up to date to take advantage of these improvements.
Guardian
We’ve made performance improvements and feature updates to improve your experience while interacting with Guardian. These updates include:

  • Ability to clear your Guardian boundary history from your Guardian settings menu.
  • Opportunity to confirm your Guardian boundaries are accurate when you first put on your headset.
  • Removed the need to indicate what direction is forward when setting up Guardian.
Store
  • Updated the design and improved performance and load times for the Oculus Store.
Home
  • You can now collect all of your Oculus Home rewards at once with the new Collect All button.
Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where Touch controllers could lose tracking during fast movements with Rift.
  • Removed warning that USB drivers needed to be updated when drivers were already up to date.

Week of July 22, 2019


Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 7.0 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of July 22, 2019.

Quest, Go, Gear VR

These features and updates apply to Quest, Go and Gear VR unless otherwise noted.

VR Settings

  • We’ve enhanced the overall audio experience and added the ability to enable or disable your microphone in VR.
  • We’ve added a search bar throughout your in-VR experience so you can always find the content you’re looking for.
  • You can now opt-in to new features we’re testing, such as the bluetooth keyboard option described below, from your settings menu under the “Experiments” section.

Guardian (Quest)

We’ve improved the overall performance of Guardian and added the following new features:

  • If your Guardian boundaries are too sensitive, you can adjust them from the Guardian settings page.
  • If you need to adjust your floor height, you no longer have to reset your Guardian. Instead, you can make adjustments right from your Guardian settings page.
  • You can now set multiple Guardians in the same room and switch between them.

Keyboard

  • You can now use Bluetooth keyboards and gamepads to type and navigate in VR. You can find pairing options for your Bluetooth device in your headset’s settings menu under the "Experiments" section.

Store

  • We’ve updated the look and feel of the Oculus Store for Go and Gear VR.
  • To make it easier to find new apps you might be interested in, you can now filter based on price, comfort or genre.
  • If you’re interested in an app but not ready to purchase, you can save it to your wishlist for later.

Feed

We want to make sure that your Oculus experience is made just for you. To do that, we’ve added the following new features to customize your feed in both VR and the Oculus mobile app:

  • Follow your favorite games, developers and genres so you’ll be notified when there’s something new.
  • Let us know if you liked or disliked an app when you’re done using it so we know what to recommend next.
  • Hide things from your feed that you don’t want to see again.

Headset Setup (Quest)

  • We've updated the experience for adjusting the fit and improving the focus and clarity of your headset.
  • You can now auto-pair your headset from the Oculus mobile app if it's detected nearby.

Touch Controllers (Quest)

We’ve made performance improvements to better track your Touch controller movements in VR. These updates, which are also applicable for Rift S, include the following:

  • Improved tracking when controllers are close to the headset and at angles turned away from the headset.
  • Improved tracking in difficult poses such as an underhand throwing motion.
  • Reduced re-acquisition time when controller tracking is lost.
  • You can now use both of your Touch controllers at the same time when interacting with different elements such as the keyboard, Oculus Store and Library.

Profile

  • We’ve made enhancements that make it easier to update and edit your Oculus Avatar.

Notifications

  • You can now receive notifications in VR and in the Oculus app on your phone when an event you’re interested in is starting.

Rift and Rift S build 1.39 release notes

All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of July 22, 2019.

Rift S/Rift

Dash

  • From the Dash Settings panel, you can now set your Passthrough+ session length to “unlimited,” which will allow you to see your real-world environment while using Dash.
  • Guardian setup will now attempt to automatically detect the floor height for you. You can still manually adjust the height if needed.
  • When using the virtual desktop feature in Dash, the virtual keyboard will now automatically open when you select a text field.

Oculus Home

  • Your Home UI now includes a history of the Homes you’ve visited in the Places UI section. Homes you’ve visited in the last 30 days can be visited again with a quick button press. You can clear out your history or opt out entirely in the Settings UI.
  • Never miss a Home reward pack again! Updated notifications now let you know when you have a reward ready to open. Also, notifications in Home have been redesigned to make things easier to read and understand.
  • Now you can use Home gateways to load directly into your favorite app. In addition to setting up destination gateways to your own home and your friends' homes, you can now set up an app as a destination and use it as a simple and quick way to get into your favorite experiences.
  • Home now features a camera, accessible straight from the Home Menu. Look on the bottom for the camera icon, and open the camera to capture your favorite moments in your Homes or Homes you're visiting. Take selfies, or screenshots and find these images in your Documents/OculusHome/Camera folder.

Touch Controllers

We’ve made performance improvements to better track your Touch controller movements in VR. These updates, which are also applicable for Quest, include:

  • Improved tracking when controllers are close to the headset and at angles turned away from the headset.
  • Improved tracking in difficult poses such as an underhand throwing motion.
  • Reduced re-acquisition time when controller tracking is lost.
  • You can now use both of your Touch controllers at the same time when interacting with different elements such as the keyboard, Oculus Store and Library.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Dash could crash if you had non-ASCII characters in your username.