Oculus is making it easier to invite other users to play a game with you using two new options. The fresh capabilities are part of a new software update for the Quest virtual reality system that also introduces new Messenger features and security changes.
Through a new “Invite to App” button, you can select who to invite to a game or an app by sending a pop-up notification to your friends or recent teammates. The button will appear in the Quest universal menu, although it will be available only in a few compatible VR apps. The people you invite will be visible in your multiplayer session, with the ability to view and manage your teammates right from within the universal menu. The capability will be available soon in several games such as Beat Saber, Blaston, Demeo, Echo VR, ForeVR Bowl, Hyper Dash, PokerStars VR, and Topgolf with Pro Putt.
If you'd like to bring the shared experience outside the VR headset, you will soon be able to generate a link for supported games and apps and share it with others so they can join the fun. To do that, you can simply head over to the Social tab in the Oculus app and pick the VR app where you want to start a session. This update is coming to the Oculus app on iOS and Android. You will also get to decide when the invite link will expire.
Messenger, which launched on Quest earlier this year, is also getting send and read receipts as well as reactions emoji on Oculus. The browser app will also let you save and autofill your passwords as well as set an unlock pattern in the new Security Settings panel to secure those passwords. These updates will roll out soon as part of Oculus software version 31.