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 July 20th, 2021


Oculus Quest build 31.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of July 20th, 2021.
Invite to Game
  • We’ve created multiplayer APIs for developers to use with their apps. For any app that opts into this feature, you’ll be able to invite friends or people you’ve recently played with to your game sessions directly from the Quest Universal menu.
  • You will be notified when your friend takes action based on your invite.
  • When you’re invited to join someone through this method, you’ll receive a notification with info about who sent the invite and what app you’re being invited to.
  • You can now view and manage the group of people you’re playing together with right from the universal menu without leaving the app or experience you’re currently in.
Invite Link
  • We want to make it easier to get your friends into VR with you. One way we’re doing this is by allowing you to create an invitation link which will take anyone who uses it to the same location in VR.
  • The link is created and shared using the Oculus Mobile App. You can then use that invite link to text or post to your friends and communities.
Air Link
  • Improved the dynamic bitrate to reduce the occurrence of stalls and high latency, while also improving visual quality.
  • Added the ability to access the Oculus menu by pressing the Oculus button during a connection timeout (indicated by the 3 dot screen).
  • Identified and fixed a bug that caused Air Link to crash.
  • Fixed an issue where some AMD drivers could crash when running Link/Air Link.
Messenger
  • You can now send Reactions to messages in VR similar to how you would on mobile.
  • You can now see the status of the messages that you send (Send receipts), as well as how much of the conversation other participants have read (Read receipts.)
USB-C Audio
  • You can now use USB-C headphones with your Quest 2. Learn more about USB-C Audio in our Help Center.
  • If both 3.5mm and USB-C headphones are plugged in, then the 3.5mm headphone will receive the audio.
  • If your 3.5mm or USB-C headphones have mics, they will be disabled as headphone mics are not supported on either the 3.5mm or USB-C ports.
Universal Menu
  • We’ve made the Library, Settings, Notifications, and other menus larger for improved ease of use.
Security Settings
  • We’ve created a dedicated security settings page in headset where you can set/reset your unlock pattern and access other security settings.
Save your passwords on Oculus Browser
  • You can safely save and autofill your passwords on Browser. Now you’ll only have to type your password once before letting Browser auto-fill your password. And you can seal it behind your unlock pattern for added security.
Fixes
  • This update includes a security fix to prevent third-party apps running in the background of people’s Quest devices from accessing their motion data, including controller and headset movement. Apps that run in the foreground-- meaning apps you actively play and engage with when using your headset -- are not affected by this fix and may collect real-time information about the current position of your headset and controllers to translate your movements into the virtual world; for more, see our privacy support article.
  • Fixed an issue with wireless that caused degraded WiFi performance.

Week of June 15, 2021


Oculus Quest build 30.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of June 15th, 2021.
Manage Microphone
  • In v30, you’ll be able to swap your microphone between Party and game chat.
  • To switch your mic, go to your Party from the universal menu and select Manage Voice.
Multitasking
  • You can now multitask with multiple system-level 2D apps side-by-side in Oculus Home on Quest 2 and Quest. Supported apps include: Explore, Store, Browser, Events, Oculus TV, Oculus Move, Scoreboards, and more.
  • Apps can be dragged from the universal menu or Apps library and dropped into one of three positions. A control bar below each window can be used to reposition, minimize or close apps. The universal menu also displays up to three currently open 2D apps to make switching tasks easier.
  • To opt in to this experimental feature, go to the Experimental Features section of Settings and turn on Multitasking.
Color Correction
  • We’re releasing an accessibility feature that lets you adjust how colors are displayed on your device.
  • To begin using Color Filters, go to Settings, select Accessibility, and turn on Color Correction. You can set filters and adjust filter intensity to customize how colors are shown.
Raise View
  • You can now raise and adjust your view, giving you a standing vantage point while physically seated.
  • To opt in to this experimental feature, go to the Experimental Features section of Settings, and turn on Boost your height.
Oculus Air Link for Quest
  • In v28, we announced Oculus Air Link for Quest 2. In v30, we’re now releasing Air Link for the original Quest.
  • You can opt in to this experimental feature from the Experimental Features section of Settings. Follow the instructions on our support site to set up Oculus Air Link.
  • Note: Air Link is part of v30 and it requires both your headset and PC be running v30 software.
Voice Commands: Social Updates
  • Use Voice Commands to stay up to date with what's new in VR.
  • Launch Voice Commands and say, "Social Updates" to hear about Oculus events, game recommendations, review friend requests and more.
Search
  • We’ve made improvements to the search tool and how results are shown.
Casting
  • Performance and connection stability improvements.

Week of June 15, 2021


Oculus Go build 18.04 release notes
This update includes general security and stability updates and will become available throughout the week of 6/15/21.

Week of May 17, 2021


Oculus Quest build 29.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of May 17th, 2021.
Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing for Quest
  • We launched Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing for Quest 2 in February and are excited to announce the release of Multi-User Accounts for Quest.
  • With this new addition, you can use multiple Oculus accounts on one Quest headset.
Record Audio with Headset Mic
  • We’ve added the ability to record your headset mic audio while recording video or casting in VR. When you begin recording video, your mic audio will automatically begin recording as well.
  • To stop recording your mic audio, mute your mic in the Quick Actions menu.
Phone Notifications
  • You can view Phone Notifications without removing your headset. You’ll receive notifications to your headset from apps you’ve enabled lock screen notifications for on your iPhone.
  • This feature is for iOS only, but Android support is coming soon.
  • If you use Oculus with Multi-User Accounts, your notifications will be secured and inaccessible by secondary account holders.
  • To begin receiving iPhone notifications to your Oculus headset, turn on Phone Notifications from the Devices section of your Oculus app.
  • This feature will begin rolling out in the coming days, so stay tuned.
File App
  • You’ll now be able to access, browse, manage, share, and organize files located on your VR device. Additionally, you will be able to download files from Oculus Browser to the Files App and upload files from your device to websites via Browser.
Passthrough Environment Shortcut
  • You’re now able to quickly access Passthrough through a new shortcut. Use this to set your default Home environment as Passthrough, and switch back and forth between reality and virtual reality. To access this shortcut, look for the Passthrough Home “eye” icon on the Quick Settings menu.
Light Theme
  • Light Theme is being introduced to Oculus Quest 2 and Quest. You’re able to change the appearance of system features and Oculus apps to a light theme.
  • To opt in to this experimental feature, open your Universal menu, Select Settings, then select Experimental Features. Choose Display Theme to select between a dark or light theme.
Universal Menu
  • We’ve redesigned our Universal menu to make it easier to multi-task and quickly access pinned apps. You’ll still be able to access core system-level functions like your Settings, Notifications and headset battery level.
Night Display
  • We’ve added Night Display to your Settings. Now, you can change your display to warmer colors which may be easier on your eyes.
  • To begin using: With your headset on, open your Universal menu, select Settings, then select Device. Turn on Night Display and adjust the Display Warmth to a comfortable setting.
120Hz for Oculus Link and Air Link
  • Last month, we announced 120Hz support for Quest 2. This week, we're releasing 120Hz support for Oculus Link and Oculus Air Link with Quest 2.
  • To opt in to the experimental feature, you'll need to turn on 120Hz from the Experimental Features section of your settings. You'll also need to turn on 120Hz from the Devices tab in your Oculus PC app.
  • We're currently working on a bug fix where the Oculus PC app crashes if a user doesn't have 120Hz enabled.
    • If you encounter this issue, select another framerate from the Oculus PC app, or enable 120Hz in the Experimental Settings to continue using Link or Air link with 120Hz.

Week of April 19, 2021


Oculus Quest build 28.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of April 19th, 2021.
Bring Your Desk into VR
  • We’ve added the ability to place a virtual desk on your real desk to use while you’re in VR. You can see and use this Desk in the Oculus Home environment.
  • We recommend staying seated while using the Desk.
  • To opt in to this experimental feature, open your universal menu, select Settings, then select Experimental Features. Select Bring Your Desk Into VR to enable your virtual desk.
Pair Your Physical Keyboard with your Quest 2
  • We’ve added the ability to pair a Logitech K830 keyboard to your Oculus Quest 2. When you pair your keyboard to your Quest 2, you’ll see a 3D representation of your hands and keyboard within VR for easy text entry and system navigation while in your Home environment.
  • To begin using your K830 keyboard with Quest 2, open your universal menu, select Settings, then select Experimental Features. Select Pair next to Bluetooth Pairing.
Oculus Air Link
  • Oculus Air Link allows you to discover and pair your Oculus Quest 2 headset to your Oculus-ready PC over a secure Wi-Fi network.
  • You can opt in to this experimental feature from the Experimental Features section of Settings. Follow the instructions on our support site to set up Oculus Air Link.
  • Note: Air Link is part of v28 but it requires that both your headset and PC be running v28 software. That means we’ll be unlocking Air Link once both Quest and PC v28 releases are rolled out, which will happen soon - but you won’t see Air Link just yet, so stay tuned.
120Hz Support
  • 120Hz support is now available on Oculus Quest 2 in an experimental setting. Developers can now ship apps that run at 120Hz, allowing you to experience a higher refresh rate for any app that supports 120Hz when you enable this in Settings.
  • To opt in to this experimental feature, open your universal menu, select Settings, select Experimental Features, then select 120Hz.
  • Keep in mind, it’s up to the developer to provide support for 120Hz. While there aren’t any apps that support 120Hz just yet, people who turn on this setting will experience 120Hz performance in apps that choose to support it in the future.
  • This feature may affect battery usage, headset temperature and the visual quality of some system features.
Bug Fixes
  • Tracking Improvements.
  • Fixed issue where in certain environments, some customers experienced tracking loss.
Please note, the Experimental Features section includes features that are still being developed, so you may encounter anything from minor issues to app crashes.

PC build 28.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of April 19th, 2021.
Oculus Air Link
  • Oculus Air Link allows you to discover and pair your Oculus Quest 2 headset to your Oculus-ready PC over a secure Wi-Fi network.
  • You can opt in to this experimental feature from the Experimental Features section of Settings. Follow the instructions on our support site to set up Oculus Air Link.
  • Note: Air Link is part of v28 but it requires that both your headset and PC be running v28 software. That means we’ll be unlocking Air Link once both Quest and PC v28 releases are rolled out, which will happen soon - but you won’t see Air Link just yet, so stay tuned.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with the USB Cable Benchmarking tool for Oculus Link which would result in lower than expected speeds to be reported.

Week of March 22, 2021


Oculus Quest build 27.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of March 22nd, 2021.
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue blocking the overlay keyboard from displaying in third-party apps where multiple fields are present in a form.
Known Issues
  • Some users may see an error message stating, "System Alert Error" related to the cooling fan. This error message is false and the headset is working as it should. Users should click out of the error message and continue to use their headset as normal.

Week of March 15, 2021


Oculus Go 18.03 release notes
This update includes general security and stability updates and will become available throughout the week of 3/15/21.

Week of February 22, 2021


Oculus Quest build 26.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of February 22nd, 2021.
Bring Your Couch into VR
  • We’ve added the ability to place a virtual couch on your real couch to use while you’re in-VR. Now, after an energetic game of Beat Saber, you can head over to your real couch, see it in your virtual space, and easily take a seat and catch your breath while you watch Netflix in-VR.
  • Virtual couch boundaries are automatically saved and detected so you don’t have to re-add them each time you put on your headset.
  • We recommend staying seated while using the couch.
  • You can opt-in to this experimental feature by selecting Settings > Experimental Features.
  • Please note, the experiments section includes features that are still being developed, and so you may encounter anything from minor issues to app crashes.
Hand Tracking
  • We’ve made improvements to the point and pinch gesture to make it easier to highlight and select things while using hand tracking in-VR.

PC build 26.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of February 26th, 2021.
Releases
  • Bug fixes and updates.

Week of February 1, 2021


Quest build 25.0 release notes
These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of February 1st, 2021.
Messenger
  • We’re starting to roll out Messenger on Oculus to people who have logged into Quest and Quest 2 using their Facebook account.
  • With this update, you can choose to chat with your Facebook friends anywhere they have Messenger, even if they’re not in VR. You can:
    • Chat with friends anywhere they have Messenger, without taking off the headset.
    • Invite friends to join you in a game or experience.
    • Jump into games together by sending a party invite.
  • Please note this will continue to roll out in the coming weeks, so you may not see the update right away -- stay tuned as it continues to be released.
Voice Commands
  • We've added a wake word to Voice Commands so you can control Oculus 2 device settings with your voice.
  • If you use Facebook to log into Oculus, simply say, "Hey Facebook", followed by your command. For example, you can say "Hey Facebook, take a photo."
  • You'll also have the option to select a voice for your Voice Commands experience. Navigate to Voice Commands settings, select Voice Selection and choose a voice to interact with.
  • This will become available first on Quest 2 devices as an experimental feature and will become available on all Quest devices over time.
  • You can opt-in to experimental features by selecting Settings then selecting Experiments. Please note, the experiements section includes features that are still being developed, so you may encounter anything from minor issues to app crashes.
Guardian and Passthrough
  • Stationary Guardian 2.0
    • We’ve improved Stationary Guardian with the following updates:
      • Updated Stationary Guardian visuals to remove the grid.
      • Adjusted Stationary Guardian to be responsive when you move your headset, no controllers needed.
      • Added a new in-VR tutorial explaining how to use Guardian.
  • Passthrough Shortcut
    • We’re moving our Passthrough Shortcut from the experiments panel to general availability. This feature allows you to activate your Passthrough view by double-tapping the side of your Quest or Quest 2 headset. Double-tap again to switch back to your view in-VR.
VR Profiles
  • We’ve updated the look, feel, and functionality of in-VR profiles and info. Some of the specific changes you’ll see include:
    • Having profile cards show up directly from your menu bar, so you can look up your friend or check out their new avatar without leaving your current app or experience.
    • We’ve made it so that people who use Facebook to log into Oculus can display Facebook friends and more easily communicate.
      • Keep in mind, you can change or update your privacy settings at any time.
Universal Menu
  • You can now access the Universal Menu across any apps, games or experiences you're currently in.
    • To enable this feature, put on your headset and select Settings > Experimental Features > Universal Menu Overlay.
  • We’ve also made updates and improvements to the the design and function of the Universal Menu. These include:
    • A sleeker toolbar design with easier to select menu items.
    • When you’re in a Party, you can now view Party details and leave the Party directly from the Universal Menu.
    • Improved tablet behavior when launching apps, switching panels, or resuming headset use.
Menu Navigation Tutorial
  • We’ve added a new tutorial to walk you through how to navigate the various menus and panels from your Quest home environment. The in-VR lesson plan includes:
    • How to use the Universal Menu.
    • How to navigate between the different menu options and panels.
    • Understanding how the different panels and menu bar work together.
Oculus Browser
  • You can now resize windows horizontally when using Oculus Browser. To do this:
    • Open Browser and hover over the left or right edge of any window. Use either your grip or trigger buttons to grab the handle and resize the window.
    • You can open up to three Browser windows at a time and adjust each panel separately.
Bluetooth Mouse
  • You can now use a Bluetooth mouse while you’re in-VR. To do this:
    • Ensure that your Bluetooth mouse in is pairing mode, then go to Settings > Experimental Features > Bluetooth Pairing
    • Once you select your mouse from the pairing menu, you’ll be able to use it in VR.
Camera roll
  • You can now trim the length of your captured videos to share out exactly the right moments by entering the edit mode after opening a captured video.
    • To do this: select your captured video from your camera roll, select the pencil icon in the top right portion of window, and drag your clip to the desired length.
      • Keep in mind, you can only trim a video if it’s more than 30 seconds in length.

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