Meta Evicts PC VR Customers From Their Custom-made Oculus Houses

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

Meta appears to have ended assist 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 house environments.

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

Studies from customers on Reddit point out that over the previous few 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.

Nonetheless, one other latest replace to the desktop app led to a new set of reports from customers indicating that they’ll now not entry Oculus Dwelling in any respect, with no workarounds to reinstate the characteristic.

Reddit person u/noobdude752 reached out to Meta support to substantiate the state of Oculus Dwelling and mentioned they obtained a response from a assist 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 long run.”

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 extra customization options for Horizon Dwelling on Quest.

Whereas Oculus Dwelling was as soon as only a static atmosphere, an overhaul added assist for customized environments and swathes of customization choices in late 2017. Options and assist 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 most recent 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 house atmosphere customization as seen with Oculus Dwelling on PC. The newest iteration of house environments on Quest, titled Horizon Dwelling, marks Meta’s most up-to-date try and tie collectively one cohesive providing on Quest within the wake of its patchwork of deserted options and providers on the Rift platform for PC. Horizon Dwelling on Quest at present affords restricted assist for digital social gatherings and permits person to modify between units of predetermined house environments.

Horizon Dwelling doesn’t assist anyplace close to the extent of fine-tuned atmosphere 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 house environments.