Oculus' Rift Core 2.0 overhaul leaves beta, now rolling out to all

After nearly a year of beta testing, Oculus is now rolling out its Rift Core 2.0 experience to everyone. The revamp not only brings an interface that is rebuilt from the ground up to be easier to use with Oculus Touch controllers, but you'll also now be able to customize your Oculus Home setup with various doodads and even your own 3D models.

Some of the highlights of Rift Core 2.0 include dynamic lighting and physically-based renders for Oculus Home, making it more immersive when you strap on your Rift headset. Additionally, you'll now be able to quickly pop out to interact with your Windows desktop at any time while on the Dash.

Speaking of the dash, Rift Core 2.0 makes things easier to navigate with more ergonomic controls for the Oculus Touch controllers. Because the original Rift Core experience was built before Oculus Touch was introduced, this should be a big step forward in terms of usability.

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Here's a quick and dirty rundown of some of Rift Core 2.0's main attractions:

  • With dynamic lighting and physically-based renderers, Home looks better than ever
  • Bring the power of your PC into VR with Dash's virtual desktop, which lets you easily access and interact with your desktop windows and apps
  • Carve out a corner of the metaverse and customize your Oculus Home with hundreds of themed items and environments—and import your own 3D models and objects for a more personalized touch
  • Get the party started and host up to eight friends simultaneously for social hangouts and co-watching

Lastly, you'll now be able to unlock custom developer items in a variety of games, ranging from Moss and Loco Dojo to SUPERHOT VR and Job Simulator. In all, Oculus says that there are 32 unlockable objects for players to get their hands on. And as we're fast approaching Halloween, Oculus has introduced some "Spooky Home Decor" decorative items that you can unlock by logging into Oculus Home any time before 11:59 p.m. PT on October 31.

The updated Rift Core experience should be available for all Oculus Rift owners starting today. And if you're looking to snag a Rift and jump in, the headset is available with bundled Touch controllers for $400.

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