Oculus update makes playing with friends and forming groups easier


Security settings also got an update

Oculus’ latest update, v31, adds new invite features to make it easier to create groups with other players, as well as new Messenger functionality.

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Most of the new features in the Oculus Update focus on connecting with friends. A new way to invite friends has been added, allowing for invites via the “Invite in App” button.

The button will be located in the Quest Universal menu in any app that supports it. This sends a pop-up notification to friends or people you’ve played with recently. If they accept the invitation, they will be loaded into your multiplayer session.

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To help manage groups, there’s now a way to view your current group. From here, you can manage players or rejoin them when you’re apart.

So far, this system is being tested hit the saberhandjob blastnhandjob demohandjob Echo VR, and others. This feature will be released soon and Oculus updates will be rolled out gradually. It may take some time for the update to reach your headset.

Oculus has also added a new way to group from outside the headset. Users can choose a game in the app and generate a link code. This link code can be activated for as long as the player likes. This link code can then be sent to anyone and allows for temporary team-ups without making friend requests.

The update also brings a new feature for the Messenger service, which is now adding read and send receipts to messages. Reactions have also been added to allow a direct and quick response using emoji.

Finally, new security settings have been added to the Oculus system, along with the option to change or reset the unlock pattern. This pattern can be used to protect login or use of saved passwords. These saved passwords are new in this update, and users can choose to save and auto-fill the information. For full details, see oculus site.

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Passwords remain encrypted on the headset and can be removed at any time.

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