Oculus Avatars to come to SteamVR and Google Daydream in 2018

Along with the announcement of the upcoming Oculus Go standalone headset and the permanent price drop for the Oculus Rift, the Facebook-owned VR company had a bunch of software updates that it revealed today during its Oculus Connect 4 developer conference. One of them involves Oculus Avatars, which the company said will be available for other VR systems as well, including SteamVR and most notably for Google’s Daydream mobile platform.

Oculus said that the avatars will also be getting some improvements, including lip-synced mouth movement, eye gaze and ways for users to customize items like hair, skin color and more. All of these improvements, plus SteamVR and Daydream support, will be rolled out throughout 2018.

In related news, Oculus announced  Rift Core 2.0, which it said would be a “complete overhaul” of the user interface for Rift headsets. One of the parts of this revamp is Dash, which will overlay on top of your running VR app or game. Dash will combine all of Rift’s menus and user interfaced into one central hub, so owners will be able to quickly switch over from one VR app to another. You will also be able to run several apps at once with the use of virtual displays.

Oculus will also roll out a new version of its Home service with Rift Core 2.0. This house-like interface will allow people to customize their own virtual space with their picks for furniture, art, toys and other objects. VR games with achievements can be seen as statues you can put into your Home space, along with retro-style console cartridges that can launch into games themselves. The first beta release of Rift Core 2.0 will be made available sometime in December.

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