June 1, 2023

Meta’s PC VR customers are getting evicted from the Oculus Properties some spent years constructing.

Meta appears to have ended help for Oculus Dwelling on its Oculus App for PC VR headsets, with a brand new replace eradicating entry to the customization options and slicing off customers from their current dwelling environments.

Oculus Dwelling was the default dwelling surroundings on PC for Oculus Rift, Rift S and Quest headset when utilizing Hyperlink. It allowed customers to create their very own digital dwelling surroundings, with a variety of highly-customizable choices for adornment, furnishings and inside design. It additionally allowed customers to gather gadgets granted by different PC VR apps or video games, which might then be displayed inside Oculus Dwelling.

Reviews from customers on Reddit point out that over the previous couple of months, Meta regularly decreased entry to Oculus Dwelling in its Oculus Desktop App for PC. Some customers reported last month that the button to entry Oculus Dwelling disappeared with updates, whereas others noted that reinstalling the software program reinstated entry – no less than quickly.

Nevertheless, one other current replace to the desktop app led to a new set of reports from customers indicating that they will now not entry Oculus Dwelling in any respect, with no workarounds to reinstate the function.

Reddit person u/noobdude752 reached out to Meta support to verify the state of Oculus Dwelling and mentioned they acquired a response from a help agent stating that Meta “stopped supporting the older Oculus Dwelling expertise throughout the Rift software program” and that it “hope[s] to carry a few of [Oculus Home’s features] into the longer term.”

UploadVR reached out to Meta for clarification and extra particulars on the state of Oculus Dwelling on PC, and requested concerning the state of previously-announced further customization options for Horizon Dwelling on Quest.

Whereas Oculus Dwelling was as soon as only a static surroundings, an overhaul added help for customized environments and swathes of customization choices in late 2017. Options and help for Meta’s PC VR software program have regularly been wound down over time, in mild of a shift in focus to the corporate’s line of standalone Quest headsets. Oculus Dwelling appears to be the newest service to be sunsetted, following within the footsteps of Oculus Rooms and Fb Areas.

Quest headsets have by no means supported the identical stage of dwelling surroundings customization as seen with Oculus Dwelling on PC. The most recent iteration of dwelling environments on Quest, titled Horizon Dwelling, marks Meta’s most up-to-date try to tie collectively one cohesive providing on Quest within the wake of its patchwork of deserted options and companies on the Rift platform for PC. Horizon Dwelling on Quest at present affords restricted help for digital social gatherings and permits person to change between units of predetermined dwelling environments.

Horizon Dwelling doesn’t help wherever close to the extent of fine-tuned surroundings personalization and customization seen in Oculus Dwelling. In October 2021, Meta (then Fb) mentioned the the flexibility to construct and customise would arrive “sooner or later.” Some customization for Horizon House is included within the newest replace for Quest, which helps you to set the skybox exterior the predetermined dwelling environments.