Oculus introduces it v31 software update Questille and Quest 2 headphones today and is full of great improvements in quality of life. The great thing is that it’s easier to invite friends and recent teammates who aren’t friends to play a game or experience the app together. When you’re in a game or app, pressing the Oculus button opens the general menu as usual, but soon new apps will show a new Invite to App button next to the Resume and Quit buttons. If your friends accept your invitation, you’ll see them in the menu. This feature will soon be available in games such as Beat Saber, Blaston, Demo, Echo VR, ForeVR bowl, Hyper Dash, PokerStars VRand Topgolf with Pro Putt.
If you don’t want to group a group in VR, a future update to Oculus on iOS and Android will let you create a multiplayer session every now and then. In supported games and apps, you can hide a link that can be shared with others to join the group. You can also choose how long the link is active. All major platforms with a social component should have such intuitive calling tools, and I’m glad to see that Oculus has made progress here.
Other features coming in v31 may not be used as much, depending on how you use the Quest headphones, but are still important. With the update, the Browser application will also be able to save and fill in passwords automatically with a lock image. Both the unlock pattern and passwords are stored on the device, Oculus says its press release.
Oculus also adds send and read receipts to Messenger, as well as reaction emoticons – directly from Facebook. Admittedly, this should make it easier for people to respond instead of a virtual keyboard.
If you expect the v31 to hit your headphones, keep in mind that it may take a few weeks to get your own.