All the Oculus announcements we have seen till now looks like the VR company is all ready to take on Windows 10 Mixed Reality by next year, especially with the Rift Core 2.0 announcement.
What is Rift Core 2.0?
Oculus is one of those few companies which build their own hardware, and software when it comes to VR. They started off early with complex hardware setup, and after announcing Oculus Go and the next version of their Santa Cruz hardware, it is clear that Oculus is up against Windows 10 Mixed Reality, head on.
At their Oculus Connect conference, Rift Core 2.0 was announced which is a major overhaul of the Rift’s Core experience. The platform has been designed to build from the ground up and built natively for touch. This has two parts:
Dash: This is the Rift Immersive UI
What is simply does that it puts Rift’s existing menu, and UI such that you can instantly access from anywhere in the VR. This is similar to Windows 10 Mixed Reality which brings up the Desktop & the Start menu anywhere. We have seen something similar in Holo Lens as well. It’s like an overlay and lets you switch between apps, open library, connect with friends and can even interact with your PC.
- It has true virtual displays at the hardware level which lets them run multiple apps and windows, all with full graphics fidelity and performance.
- You will be able to take out parts of windows and put them anywhere. This simply means you can pull out apps, and put it where you want just like your desktop. You will be able to easily resize and move them for an infinite workspace.
- The developers can even debug their VR apps while inside them, using Visual Studio, Unity, and Unreal.
- Developers can also plug in to add more features and functionality.
Home: Customize, Personalize, and Explore
I would rather call it my dashboard but then it conflicts so let’s call it your Desktop, your Xbox or PS Home where you have pinned up stuff you like and commonly use every day. It’s your virtual space. Interesting to note, Oculus says it’s calling it home because you will be able to invite your friends and share with them so they can see what you have created.
Rift Core 2.0, Coming December 2017
Oculus is all set to release the beta for Rift Core 2.0 as a free update this December.