Oculus Rift update makes the headset more friendly for Steam use

Oculus Rift update makes the headset more friendly for Steam use

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Attendees at Sci Fi Scarborough trying out Playstation VR virtual reality

Attendees at Sci Fi Scarborough trying out Playstation VR virtual reality

An update being pushed to the Oculus PC client today aims to cut back on some of the friction Oculus Rift users may have previously experienced when trying to launch a non-Oculus Store game from within the confines of virtual reality. That means you can play the Rift compatible VR games from your Steam or GOG account without having to do any pain-in-the-backside workarounds anymore. Oculus has started pushing version 1.17 out to Oculus headsets, and it comes with a major new feature for those who have their Oculus library scattered across a selection of store.

Oculus has released a new Rift patch, which brings a number of updates and much-welcomed features, but none more so than the ability to launch Steam/GOG purchased VR games from the Oculus software. Party chat on the Rift functions similarly to how the same feature works on dedicated gaming platforms like the PlayStation 4 or the Xbox One – simply select a friend from Oculus Home or the Universal Menu, select “Invite to Party”, and get to chatting. So far, only four people can join a chat party at once but this will hopefully increase later on.

Miscellaneous performance improvements, stability enhancement, and bug fixes. Those of you with Oculus headsets should see this update rolling out either now or over the next few days, so if you haven’t received it yet, just sit tight.

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