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Technology Oculus is rolling out its expanded social VR features

22:15  11 december  2019
22:15  11 december  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Oculus CTO John Carmack stepping down to become a 'Victorian gentleman scientist'

  Oculus CTO John Carmack stepping down to become a 'Victorian gentleman scientist' Carmack says he's transitioning to the role of "consulting CTO" at Oculus."I will still have a voice in the development work, but it will only be consuming a modest slice of my time," Carmack wrote in a Facebook post.

Along with Quest hand tracking, one of Facebook's big announcements at Oculus Connect 6 in September was a batch of social VR features. You'll get to try them over the coming days, as Oculus is starting to roll them out.

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They include messaging with your Oculus pals, along with photo and video sharing and livestreaming to Facebook. You can create events to set up a time to play games with your buddies or arrange meetups, and form parties that all your Oculus friends can join (parties were invite-only until now). Your Facebook friends will also be able to group up with you in VR when you send them links via Messenger.

Oculus' new Link software brings Rift content to Quest headsets

  Oculus' new Link software brings Rift content to Quest headsets We've described the Oculus Quest as the best standalone wireless VR headset yet, but there was one feature missing from the system: the ability to plug the headset into a PC. That feature is coming, with the Oculus Link software which is launching today in beta. With Oculus Link, Quest owners can access the entire library of Rift PC games via a USB-C cable. We tried out the Link feature at Oculus Connect 6 and were impressed by the simplicity of the setup: you just plug in the Quest and the Oculus Desktop software recognizes both the headset and the controllers.

Oculus says to use these features -- and existing ones such as joining parties, adding friends and visiting people's Homes -- it'll ask you to sign in with Facebook, which powers the social interactions. Facebook has updated the Oculus Privacy Policy to clarify that.

You won't have to log in with Facebook to use the VR platform. If you do, you'll still keep your existing Oculus friends, username and profile. You can decide to display your real name (as per your Facebook profile) on Oculus and whether to automatically add your Facebook friends as Oculus contacts. You'll have control over what you share from Oculus to Facebook as well, along with who can see those posts.

Oculus Link arrives in beta: the Quest can now be your PC VR gaming headset

  Oculus Link arrives in beta: the Quest can now be your PC VR gaming headset One USB-C cable can turn Facebook's standalone VR headset into a PC rigOculus Link on Oculus Quest: a USB-C cable (seen here) can connect to a PC and play high-end VR games.

It's worth noting that if you do sign into Facebook on the VR platform, the former will tap into your Oculus data to power the social features, as well as recommendations and ad targeting. It might suggest things like VR events you might be interested in and ads for apps on the Oculus Store. The privacy policy changes won't affect third-party apps and games. An FAQ spells out the types of data Oculus and Facebook will share if you connect the accounts.

The ties between Oculus and Facebook services will deepen over time, with new features such as Facebook Group sharing options and watch parties on Quest on the way. A beta for the Facebook Horizon social VR world is also slated for next year.

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Oculus Link beta is ready to turn your Quest into a PC VR headset .
At last, your Oculus Quest is ready to double as a PC VR headset. Oculus has released a Link beta that lets you use Rift titles on the Quest when you're physically connected to your PC. You'll want a long, "high quality" USB 3 cable (Oculus suggests 10 feet), and the system requirements are fairly stringent. The beta currently supports only most recent NVIDIA GPUs, and it's recommended that you have the same processor and RAM specs you'd needIf you expect to use the Quest frequently with your PC, you'll have a better cable option very shortly. Oculus plans to ship a 16.4-foot custom optical fiber cable that will deliver "maximum throughput" while giving you more freedom than most existing USB cables.

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