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 May 18th 2020


Quest and Go build 17.0 release notes


All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of 5/18/20

Guardian

  • Guardian can now detect objects in your Roomscale playspace during setup.
    • If an object is detected, Guardian will encourage you to remove the object from your playspace.
    • If you can’t remove the object, Guardian will make you aware of it to help you create a safer playspace.
  • When you glance down at the floor in-VR, you’ll have to option to see the floor bounds for Guardian.
    • To enable this feature, select Settings > Guardian > Glanceable Boundary

Social Reporting

  • We’ve made usability improvements to the in-VR reporting flow

Oculus Store

  • You can now search for bundles in the Oculus Store.
    • Please note that this change is an experiment that only a percentage of users will see.

Casting/Live Streaming

  • You can now toggle the red dot indicator (which indicates you’re casting, recording video, or live streaming) on or off.
  • To do this, go to Settings > Device > Video Capture Indicator.

Hand Tracking

  • Hand tracking for Oculus Quest is moving out of the Experimental Features section and into general release. Learn more about hand tracking.

Sharing

  • We’ve made it easier to share the photos and videos you capture in-VR to Facebook or Messenger. Now, right after you capture a photo or video you’ll see a large preview of your capture. You can then press the Oculus button to view sharing options.

Voice Dictation

  • Voice dictation is moving out of the Experimental Features section and into general release.
  • To type faster in VR using speech-to-text dictation, select the microphone icon on the Oculus keyboard
    • Please note: This feature is currently limited to English speakers in the US.

Voice Commands

  • We’ve made general improvements to the Voice Commands beta feature.
  • Voice Commands can now be used within apps, games, and other immersive experiences.
  • The settings for Voice Commands can be adjusted by selecting Settings > Device > Voice Commands.
    • Please note that this feature is still in beta and may only be available to a percentage of users at this time.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the view to freeze upon using the headset for the first time after a long period of inactivity.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the Virtual Environments menu to incorrectly show the “No Internet Connection” error message when selected.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the ‘Free’ button to remain on an app’s store page after previously selecting it rather than showing the download progress.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the artwork for apps to appear as blank tiles in users’ libraries.
  • Fixed the design of Guardian boundaries during the confirmation step to align with the initial animation.

Week of May 11, 2020


PC build 17.0 release notes


Social Reporting

  • We’ve made usability improvements to the in-VR reporting flow.

Oculus Link

  • You can now control audio and mic settings for Oculus Link directly from your Quest.
  • During setup, the Oculus desktop app will now let you know if your USB cable meets the standards required to power Link.
  • General stability improvements
Fixes
  • Fixed an issue where some Rift users would join a party and couldn’t be heard by other party members.

Week of April 13, 2020


Quest and Go build 16.0 release notes


Accessibility

  • We’ve added the option to swap the Oculus button functionality to the left Touch controller and the Menu button functionality to the right Touch controller. You can find this option by navigating to Settings > Device > Controllers.
  • You can now turn off or lower the intensity of Touch controller vibration. This can also be found in the Settings > Device > Controllers menu.
Guardian

  • You can now set up your roomscale Guardian boundaries without controllers by using hand tracking instead.
  • The Passthrough view can now be selected as your Home Environment. Navigate to Settings > Virtual Environment to check it out.
Social

  • When browsing the Facebook app on your phone, you may see an option to “Open in VR” for certain content. Clicking this button will launch that web content on your headset when you put it on.
  • Parties has received a variety of quality improvements. This includes updates to the party invite flow and clearer notifications upon joining a Party.
  • You can now send and receive clickable links through Chats. Clicked links will open in a web browser.
  • Opening a new chat in VR will automatically open the keyboard.
    • Please note that this change is an experiment that only a percentage of users will see.
  • User-created events now allow you to easily start a chat thread with all users who have been invited.
    • Please note that this feature is only available to a percentage of users at this time.
  • When unsubscribing from an event, you will now be prompted to confirm your decision.
  • A new friends panel has been added to the right side of the Explore panel.
    • Please note that this feature is only available to a percentage of users at this time.
  • The Scoreboard app will now allow you to recommend a game to a friend.
    • Please note that the Scoreboard app is still only available to a percentage of users at this time. This change will only be visible to those users and you will only be able to recommend a game to users who also have access to the Scoreboard app.

Fixes

  • A delay caused by enabling the Passthrough Shortcut in the new user experience has been reduced.
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the headset to hang on the Oculus boot logo.
  • Fixed a bug that caused the app preview page to scroll when only scrolling the app’s ratings and review panel.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Oculus Link from launching correctly after reconnecting Quest to your PC.
  • Fixed an issue that caused controllers to disappear when Hand Tracking was enabled while using Oculus Link.
  • General Link stability improvements.

Rift and Rift S build 16.0 release notes


Social

  • You can now send and receive clickable links through Chats! Clicked links will open in a web browser.
  • User-created events now allow you to easily start a chat thread with all users who have been invited. Please note that this feature is only available to a percentage of users at this time.
  • Parties has received a variety of quality improvements! This includes updates to the party invite flow to account for additional edge cases and clearer notifications upon joining a Party.
  • When unsubscribing from an event, you will now be prompted to confirm your decision.
Oculus Link

  • Fixed an issue that caused the Cable Testing functionality to sometimes hang.
  • Fixed an issue that sometimes prevented Oculus Link from launching correctly after reconnecting Quest to your PC.
  • General stability improvements.

Week of March 23, 2020


Quest and Go build 15.0 release notes


All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of March 23, 2020.

Guardian
  • Guardian setup has been updated with new animated instructional clips to help you create safer playspaces.

Oculus Link

  • You can now test your connection during Oculus Link setup. During setup, clicking Test Cable will tell you:
    • Whether or not your connection is compatible
    • The available bandwidth
    • The connection type
  • You can access your Link setup at any time by selecting Quest and Touch from the Devices menu when your headset is hooked up to your PC.
    • Please note: This feature requires both your Quest headset and your PC software to be on software version 15 to work properly.
  • Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that sometimes caused the experience to become stuck in a black screen on launch where audio and tracking is still functional.
    • Link now detects your headphones and Mic separately. This means that if you run into any issues, you'll see more specific error messaging to help solve it.
    • Fixed an issue that impacted volume controls when certain connected devices were disabled.
    • Additional fixes and updates for stability and reliability.
  • Social

    • You can now remotely join a Party through party invitation notifications on the Oculus mobile app. Once you put on your headset, you’ll be able to confirm that you wish to join the party and immediately begin socializing in VR.
    • You’ll now be notified if you are joining a party which includes a user who you’ve blocked or who has blocked you.
      • If a user you’ve blocked is added to your party, they will automatically be muted for you by default.
    • Some pop-up dialog messages have been brought slightly closer to the user to improve design consistency.
    • Chats have received updated icons and labeling to improve consistency and clarity.
    System Software

    • In-VR notifications now have an updated look and are no longer head-locked.
    • A speech-to-text option has been added to the in-VR keyboard, allowing you to enter text via voice instead of typing. Please note that this feature is only available to a percentage of users at this time.
    Experimental Features

    • Passthrough Shortcut - You can now enter Passthrough to see your real world surroundings at any time. Once you’ve enabled the feature, double tap the side of your headset to enter Passthrough. When you're finished, double tap again to return to VR.
    • Redesigned Universal Menu - We've redesigned the universal menu to be more efficient and effective when navigating in VR. Highlights include:
      • Allowing you to access your universal menu without leaving the app you’re using, if the developer of the app has enabled this option
      • Surfacing your most used apps and experiences first
      • Putting system apps like Explore, Store, Browser, and TV in one central location
      • Adding "Quick Actions" to your settings panel for easy access to key system settings like volume and brightness
    • Multiple Window Support for Oculus Browser - Multitask to get more done and stay connected. Watch a video to crib gameplay tips in one window, check out your friends’ latest Facebook updates in another, and catch up on the day’s news in a third. You can open, close, and rearrange windows from a new control box above the window. Support for multiple windows will first come to Oculus Browser, with support for more 2D apps like Chats and Store coming later.
    Additional Bug Fixes

    • Fixed an intermittent bug that prevented all items from displaying in Storage Manager when more than 40 items were present
    • Fixed a Chats bug that would sometimes cause the ‘Start Chat’ button to move locations
    • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

    Rift and Rift S build 15.0 release notes


    Oculus Link

    • You are now able to test your connection during Oculus Link setup. Clicking the Test Cable button will tell you whether or not your connection is compatible, what the available bandwidth is, and what the connection type is. You can access Link setup by selecting Quest and Touch from the Devices menu when your headset is hooked up to your PC.
    • Important note: The Test Cable functionality requires your Quest headset is on software version 15 as well.

    Chats

    • Updated icons and labeling to improve consistency and add additional clarity to what what each button does
    • Fixed a bug that would sometimes cause the ‘Start Chat’ button to move locations

    Miscellaneous
    • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

    Week of February 24, 2020


    Quest and Go build 14.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of February 24, 2020.

    Oculus Link

    • The Quest microphone has been re-enabled for use with Link.
    • A dedicated Oculus Link button has been added to the Oculus Quest menu bar to make jumping into Link quicker and easier. Similarly, a button was added to the Dash belt that allows you to quickly exit Link when using it.
    • Link audio and microphone volume controls have been added to Dash and the Oculus desktop app.
    • Moving forward, Oculus Link no longer requires that the Quest software and the PC software have matching version numbers. However, the two software versions must be within one version of the other. For example, Link will function when the Quest is on software version 14 and the PC is software version 15 or the PC software is version 14 and the Quest software is version 13. It will not work if Quest is on version 13 and PC is on version 15 or vice versa.

    Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that prevented Oculus Link from working when the resolution had been adjusted with the Oculus Debug Tool.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused a temporary black screen after waking the Quest up from a deep sleep.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Oculus Link from launching when the Link cable was disconnected and reconnected after ending a previous Link session.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused images to not display on the welcome screen after a headset reboot.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented the Voice Command feature from launching via Oculus button double press when the Voice Commands Shortcut experimental feature was enabled.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused the floor height to be higher than normal when putting on the headset slowly.
    • Additional bug fixes, stability improvements, and software optimizations.

    Rift and Rift S build 14.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of February 24, 2020.

    Fixes

    • Fixed a bug that prevented Oculus Link from working when the resolution had been adjusted with the Oculus Debug Tool.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes prevented Oculus Link from launching when the Link cable was disconnected and reconnected after ending a previous Link session.
    • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements.

    Week of February 3, 2020


    Quest and Go build 13.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of February 3, 2020.

    Hand Tracking

    • When switching from Hand Tracking to using controllers, you can now more easily find your controllers by enabling Passthrough.
    • We’ve added an option to enable automatic transitioning between hand tracking and controllers.
    • We’ve added a new step to the Hand Tracking Tutorial that will allow you to practice scrolling with your hands.
    • Remote rendering support for Unity has been added so developers can more easily build and test Hand Tracking apps through their PC.
    • Improved Hand Tracking stability.

    Events

    • You can now start a party direct from a live event’s detail page to help you and your friends get into the event together more efficiently.
    • We’ve made improvements to the Oculus Event Invite feature.
      • Event hosts can now allow guests to invite their own friends.
      • Viewing a developer-created event will now allow you to view a list of all your friends who have indicated that they are interested in the event.
      • Viewing a user-created event will now allow you to view a list of all users who have indicated that they are interested in the event as well as all users who have been invited to the event, similar to Events pages on Facebook.
      • You can control whether or not you appear as part of the above invited or interested lists via the "Who can see your activity on Oculus" privacy setting.

    Search

    • Updated app search appearance and behavior. Please note that we are testing this new look and feel with a limited group, so some users may continue to see the old version.

    System Apps

    • A new app called Scoreboards will allow you to see how your achievement and leaderboard accomplishments compare to your friends’. Please note that this feature is rolling out slowly to all users, so you may not see it right away.
    • The storage manager has received a makeover. A new look and some updated descriptions will allow you to have a better understanding of your device’s storage use.
    • User profiles have been updated to show the apps that you own, your achievements, and your friends.

    Oculus Link

    • You now have the ability to reset your guardian from within Dash while using Oculus Link.
    • A button to enable Oculus Link has been added to the Quest system menu bar.
    • Fixed an issue where audio was only audible when Dash was present.
    • Fixed an issue where Home would not load when enabling Oculus Link.
    • Fixed an issue where audio would only work for some users if it was set to 100%.
    • Fixed an issue so you can now replay a video you've recorded for abuse reporting purposes before submitting it, while running Oculus Link.
    • Performance and stability updates.

    Fixes

    • Fixed a bug with party invitations, making it no longer possible to invite a user to a party that they are already in.
    • Fixed a bug related to app downloads that caused the headset to stop responding.
    • Made the process of launching an app after switching from hand tracking to controllers more efficient.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused app purchase button text to be displayed oddly.
    • Fixed a bug that sometimes caused a "Tracking Lost" when waking the headset up from a sleep state.
    • Fixed a bug where avatar thumbnails would sometimes not update in all locations after a change was made.
    • Fixed a bug for Oculus Go that sometimes caused the display to lock up when waking the headset up from sleep.
    • Additional bug fixes and stability improvements.

    Rift and Rift S build 13.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of February 3, 2020.

    Events

    • We’ve made improvements to the Oculus Event Invite feature.
      • Event hosts can now allow guests to invite their own friends.
      • Viewing a developer created event will now allow you to view a list of all your friends who have indicated that they are interested in the event.
      • Viewing a user created event will now allow you to view a list of all users who have indicated that they are interested in the event as well as all users who have been invited to the event, similar to Events pages on Facebook.
      • You can control whether or not you appear as part of the above invited or interested lists via the "who can see my activity on oculus" privacy setting.

    Oculus Mirror

    • We’ve exposed the customization options to the Oculus Mirror tool as a Graphical User Interface.
      • These options will allow you to do things like adjust the mirror type, choose which eye(s) is displayed on the mirror, adjust the FOV scale of the mirror, and also take screenshots.
      • You can also save and load Oculus Mirror settings within the File menu, which will also save and restore the window position and size.
      • Hotkeys for these new options can be found next to each item within the Settings and File menus.
      • The tool will automatically reconnect to the Oculus Service in the event of a service restart.
      • The Oculus Mirror tool can be launched by navigating to C:\Program Files\Oculus\Support\oculus-diagnostics and selecting OculusMirror.exe.

    Week of December 9, 2019


    Quest, Go, and Gear VR build 12.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of December 9, 2019.

    Social

    New social features powered by Facebook

    Starting today, when you choose to log into Facebook from Oculus, you’ll be able to access new social features that make it easier for you to connect with other people, including:

    • Chats so you can message your Oculus friends in or out of the headset with quick responses to hop into games together.
    • Join your friends in VR directly from any device with links that open to where your friends are within an app, and see the most popular destinations where people are playing in VR.
    • User-created Events so you can organize meetups or multiplayer games with friends.
    • Share photos, videos, and livestreaming to Facebook allowing you to share your favorite moments to Facebook Groups from VR.
    • Parties that any of your Oculus friends can join (previously parties were only invite-only).
    • Messenger friends can easily join you in VR when you send them links to join you where you’re playing.

    We’re updating the Oculus Privacy Policy to clarify that these social features are also provided by Facebook. The updated Privacy Policy clarifies how Oculus data is shared with Facebook to inform ads when you log into Facebook on Oculus.

    Casting

    New features built on top of phone casting will allow you to better guide someone else through their first VR experience while casting from the headset to your phone. For example, while your friend is wearing the headset, you can act as “tour guide” for them using several new options to do things like launch the Oculus First Steps tutorial or reset the headset view.

    Oculus Link

    • AMD GPUs are now supported! Please see the Oculus Link Compatibility Guide for more details.
    • We have separated the system audio from VR audio so that you'll only hear VR game audio while using Link, instead of hearing game and desktop audio together.
    • The Oculus Debug Tool now supports changing Oculus Link graphics settings.
    • General performance improvements and stability fixes.
    • Known issues:
      • The microphone has been temporarily disabled. We are working to re-enable it in a future software update.
      • In order to use Oculus Link, your PC software and Quest software must have matching version numbers. During this rollout, you may receive the v12 update on your Quest before you receive the PC v12 update, or vice versa. If you receive the PC v12 update before the Quest v12 update, you will need to wait until you receive the Quest v12 update before Oculus Link will work again. However, if you receive the Quest update first and are anxious to use Oculus Link again, you are welcome to opt into the PTC on PC to get to v12 more quickly. Please note that when v13 PTC rolls out, you will need to opt back out of the PTC and to stay on v12 and retain compatibility. The team is working hard to improve this experience so that this will not be an issue during future rollouts. We greatly appreciate your patience and understanding!

    Store

    • In-VR app description pages, including the reviews section, have been updated with a new design.
    • You can now add a payment method in VR (PayPal and credit card) if you have not previously set up a payment method on your account in the mobile app.

    Per-App Privacy Settings

    We launched a new way for you to choose the types of information that individual apps can share on the platform about your use of those apps, like achievements. Under privacy settings in the Oculus app, you can access a full list of apps you have installed. You can turn off sharing for individual apps, so that app won’t share your activity, like achievements, or your status anywhere on Quest.

    App Permissions Manager

    We have developed a new interface within the Settings menu that lists all of your installed applications and their associated permissions. It allows you to filter apps by permission type and adjust each permission.

    Search

    Search will now live update the results as you type.

    Voice Commands (Beta)

    Use your voice to navigate, control your device, and find new apps and games by clicking the Voice Commands button on the Home menu. This beta feature is rolling out gradually, so not everyone will see it in this software update.

    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.

    • Hand Tracking: Use your hands as an additional input method for navigation and controls in the Home environment and some Oculus applications. After opting-in via Settings > Experiments, you will be able to view a tutorial on how to use hand tracking. This tutorial will also be available in your Library.

    Rift and Rift S build 12.0 release notes


    All of these features and enhancements will become available throughout the week of December 9, 2019.

    Important note:

    In an effort to simplify our software update processes, we are aligning the software version numbers across all of our products. You will see this reflected starting in this release (v12). We will continue to post separate release notes for our PC software and the standalone / mobile headset software. For more information on our release processes, please review this FAQ post.

    Rift S

    • Updated firmware to improve performance

    Fixes

    • Various bug fixes and stability improvements.

    If you encounter any issues with this software release, please be sure to report them using the Help Center > Provide Feedback option within the Oculus desktop software. If you have any feature requests or suggestions to make the Oculus software even better, please head over to our UserVoice page to share your feedback. Thanks for your continued help!

    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.