Oculus has released an update which introduces a number of new functionalities to its own Oculus Rift as well as the Samsung Gear VR headset. It includes version 1.2 of Oculus Rooms, support for Facebook live streaming, and Oculus Events for the Gear VR, along with Oculus Voice for both the Rift and the Gear VR.
People can now stream their VR games directly to Facebook via their personal account. In order to do this, players need to select the "Livestream to Facebook" option from the Universal Menu, and their game will be streamed live to their Facebook account. Currently, this feature is only available to Gear VR users outside the US but according to Oculus, it will be rolled out to everyone with a Samsung smartphone running the "latest version of Android" in the coming weeks.
Another interesting component in the update is the addition of Oculus Voice for the Samsung Gear VR and Oculus Rift. As might be guessed by the name, it provides speech recognition capability which allows users to search for apps and games in Oculus Home. Oculus mentions that it will keep evolving the software and may add other functions including more contextual commands as well, making it more like a virtual assistant.
Oculus Events for English speakers sporting a Gear VR allows them to search for public events like online multiplayer games, tournaments, and other events. Users also have the ability to set reminders for the events that they are interested in so they can join them once underway.
Version 1.2 of Oculus Rooms now lets users watch 360-degree videos on their Gear VR. Voice search functionality is available here as well. To activate it, users simply have to select the "Search" button in the TV area and then tap the mic button.
The company plans to add more features soon in order to "bring the future of social VR" to its platform.