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Why is the Oculus app still THAT bad?

MasterElwoodMasterElwood Posts: 180
Hiro Protagonist
edited October 2015 in Samsung Gear VR
The Oculus smartphone app is a crappy experience. A REALLY crappy experience.

But why is that? Itś 10 month since the first version - and there are updates all the time. But still: if i use the app for more than 2 minutes, i am looking like this: http://www.cinemablend.com/images/news/ ... 338228.jpg

2 examples:

1. UPDATES. Lez look how we have to make updates...

1. Scroll thru all the games in the library till you find one with an update
2. Leave the library and change to the store
3. Scroll to all the games in the library till you find it there and look whats in the update
4. Leave the store and go back to the library
5. Find the game again - then make the update

6. Repeat steps 1-5 for EVERY GAME that needs an update

7. Repeat steps 1-6 for Experiences and Apps

ARE. YOU. KIDDING. ME ??? Its not that hard. Give us a "Updates" section with all the apps waiting for updates in one place, and show us whats in the update not only in the store, but in the library (and the update-section) also.



2. CLUTTER

For the love of god, please let us hide or remove apps we don´t want to see! Everything we ever installed is in our library - and no way to hide or remove it. We don´t need to see apps we deinstalled because we don't like them. And we don´t need to see demos of apps when we installed the real things already. Half of my library is made of apps i don´t want anymore.

I understand that apps we bought are in there (even when we de-installed them) - but PLEASE let us at least remove or hide "free" apps like demos.


I LOOOVE my gear VR - but we are just a few weeks away from consumer release - and this app is NOT ready for primetime...

Comments

  • HomerS66HomerS66 Posts: 1,365
    Brain Burst
    Yep i agree and wrote that on Twitter aswell, that we need an update section listing all apps with a pending update (which should also show what is in that update), app search and favourites.
    I read somewhere that they are working on an update when the consumer version launches, hopefully with these features included.

    Also since some app updates and new apps seem to be visible only with a newer oculus phone app/home version, which doesnt get pushed to all people at the same time, there should be also a button which searches for a Oculus app update aswell.

    And it would be nice if they could fix the uninstalling/reinstalling issue which often occurs with new app updates. If they cant fix this there should be atleast an explanation why the install failed like not enough space available or uninstall/reinstall necessary and not just an update failed pop up. To be consumer for the average Joe ready who doesnt know this issue when they come from regular Android/iOS and dont know what to do.
  • SpiderCenturionSpiderCenturion Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    I'm not particularly fond of the apartment looking environment either. I'd rather have a completely black background with more of a 3D effect on the icons (could make them look like they are objects hovering in front of you. I just feel like someone's potentially first experience with VR should be a bit better than that...
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,924 Valuable Player
    Wow, slightly shocked - i love the home screen - i'm still as blown away as i was the first time i put my Gear VR on.

    "Also since some app updates and new apps seem to be visible only with a newer oculus phone app/home version, which doesnt get pushed to all people at the same time, there should be also a button which searches for a Oculus app update aswell."

    I agree with that.

    And yes, i remember us asking for a visible update notification some time ago:

    viewtopic.php?f=62&t=26496&p=296615&hilit=updates#p296615
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    Good feedback. I will share with the team.
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  • MasterElwoodMasterElwood Posts: 180
    Hiro Protagonist
    Good feedback. I will share with the team.

    Awesome.
  • munkondimunkondi Posts: 107
    +1 to the original poster, all very true
    happy to hear the team will be taking the points on board, love the Gear VR too but the Oculus app is certainly in need of some major UI restructuring

    another point I'd like to make is that the payment method is a total faff, I don't really want to have to register a brand new payment method to buy a couple of inexpensive apps from the store, it's totally put me off buying things and probably many others too - please consider offering a simple option to pay through your Google Account or PayPal within the app
  • SpiderCenturionSpiderCenturion Posts: 73
    Hiro Protagonist
    andyring wrote:
    Wow, slightly shocked - i love the home screen - i'm still as blown away as i was the first time i put my Gear VR on.

    Just to clarify, I like the color palette and the idea of a modern apartment...I just haven't felt any presence there. Just some items in 3D close to the viewer would probably do the trick, even if it were just a countertop or table. For example, the thing that gives me the most presence in Oculus Cinema is looking over at the seats next to me. Oculus doesn't need to win me over anymore, but just a suggestion for Gear VR as they need to make a big splash when they go public next month.
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,924 Valuable Player
    Yeah i see what you mean.

    I've no doubt it will continue to evolve and i agree, CV launch would be a good time.
  • cloneclone Posts: 101
    Hiro Protagonist
    I also agree with the OP to 100%. All this points are really mandatory functions a "app store! has to have!
    I mean is is really that hard to make clickable link to the app description in the library list??
    - An "updates" section is a must as the process to find updates now is just ridiculous! :x
    - Also a search functions is still missing!
    - A possibility to view 360° ingame screenshots would also rock - i mean this is vr content so let us also preview it in vr.
    - As the background image for oculus home is only a spherical image (and i suppose it will stay this way because of performance reasons), it would be nice if we could choose the background image from our gallery.
    ...why so serious?
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    So there is an updated design coming that will address some of those issues. Please be patient. Thanks.
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  • Total agreement, what they said...Would love option to pick my own theme for Oculus, Space?!? Or make it like a live wallpaper that you have option to change. Also payment options, like play store credit. Plus shouldn't have to repurchase content I already own. Would like a better layout for library that I can customize, place apps where I want them. Folders inside gallery with logical navigation, there is a touch pad, up down tap to open.
    Just ideas...
  • +1 here. Themes would be nice, but at least a stripped down interface would be nice, where I can turn off all the ambient environment, and hide any apps I want. It would make for a cleaner experience, and for companies like mine who use GearVR as a business tool, it would allow us to embrace this device more fully. Right now it's hard to use the device and present a professional face, when I have Clients see the silly Oculus 'home' environment, and apps for games and stores.

    On that same note, how about a proper hard protective case for the GearVR and accessories? It's also very hard for me to justify our company invest in GearVRs as a presentation tool, when we show up to Client's offices with our sophisticated, professional device in a sack!
  • HomerS66HomerS66 Posts: 1,365
    Brain Burst
    The Note 4 Gear VR came in a nice black case, hopefully the consumer version will also.

    http://global.samsungtomorrow.com/wp-co ... r-VR_5.jpg
  • I'm looking at investing in a metal case with diced foam, to make our own durable custom Gear case. Something like this...

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001T9N12U
  • I just did the latest upgrade on my G Note 4 and once I'm on oculus it doesn't identify my SD card AND I CANT VIEW MY 360 VIDEOS. Any one know how to fix this?!!!! NEED HELP!!!!
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    @indeporte: If you put one of the videos on the phone internal storage, does it work then?
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  • Okra_SmugglerOkra_Smuggler Posts: 24
    Brain Burst
    I haven't read every post, but I'm surprised I haven't seen more complaints about the layouts in the Library and Store.

    There seems to be no rhyme or reason to the order of apps. The order in my Library seems to rearrange every time I open it. Shouldn't it be in, I don't know, alphabetical order... or the order I installed them?...
  • scottsquiresscottsquires Posts: 331
    NerveGear
    Suggestion- allow different methods of sorting, including user designed groupings.
  • MasterElwoodMasterElwood Posts: 180
    Hiro Protagonist
    also - i am sure cybereality knows this: Whats with the Version-numbers on the bottom of the right wall?

    Sometime its there - sometimes not.

    Whats up with that? :shock:
  • HarrodsHarrods Posts: 5
    NerveGear
    how about fixing your broken program telling me to "Oculus software restart required. Restart now" bull shit, every damn time I have to restart my pc and unplug the cords untill I open the oculus app again for it to work. this is god awful and I see this problem everywhere.

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