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Oculus Home needs some updates

DoctorDoodleDoctorDoodle Posts: 2
NerveGear

Home is still in desperate need for updates.

I prefer everything about Oculus Home over Steam VR while in the headset, but out of it, Steam wins by a landslide. Home just doesn't feel like a finished product I would pay for on the PC side.

I know there has been discussion before, but I just want to bring it up again.

WARNING: WALL OF TEXT


Here is a list of features I would like updated:

SEARCH FUNCTION

With Touch released, and gallery apps available, there are a TON of experiences. Some things that can be improved with searching are

  1. The placement - It should not be hidden among notifications and settings. Move it to the left side, or give it its own bar where it says my computer does not meet the recommended specs which it most certainly does.
  2. Different search for Library tab and Store tab - Keep the search results only relevant to the tab I'm on
  3. Advanced searching - Categories, Genres, Ratings, Touch support, price, etc. I know some of this is already implemented, but hidden. ie. Searching "action" will show a bunch of action games
  4. Search result page - Don't limit it to the dropdown for results. Show a full page list.

STORE

The store is very cumbersome to use, and many problems can be fixed by fixing the search function, but holy cow, it's sad that Origin is easier to navigate than Home.

  1. List view - Grids look pretty, but list views would be nice to have too

  2. Show more info - Ratings, touch support, and intensity would be easy to display alongside the price

  3. Categories - Have categories be a sidebar near the top so finding games is easier.

  4. Wishlist - I want to save what games to buy next so I don't have to keep an awkward text file to remember

  5. Better Media Player - The current one loads terribly slow on mediocre internet. I always end up looking the game up on YouTube instead. Upgrade your player, and I will more likely spend more $$$ because I can actually see what I'm about to buy!

  6. Sort Reviews - Reviews are great (thanks for listening to us), make it so at the top of the page where it shows the stars, we can click it to immediately bring us down to reviews. Let us sort by most helpful, and click the stars to show only reviews that gave that rating

  7. Refunds - Oculus plz

LIBRARY

The library is okay as it is, but could have a couple of fixes.

  1. List view - It's efficient and has always worked. I don't care if it's not as pretty. I can't see it when in the HMD. It makes life so much more easy in the long run.

  2. Download management. Show me all the things trying to download in one place in what order. It's a headache to try prioritizing a new game to get downloaded first when five other things are trying to update. Don't start updates immediately, give me the option to do that. It's annoying.

  3. Sorting options - categories, and user made folders to organize would be lovely. Especially in HMD mode.

  4. External applications in Home - Launch non-home things from home, like Steam-VR. Using injectors is cumbersome.

  5. Time Played - I love this feature in Steam, and would love to see it here

  6. Start in Desktop Mode Button - It's a bit un-accessible as is, making me choose Steam over Home on some games. Simple convenience would change that.

SETTINGS

  1. Check for updates manually - Add a button that will manually check for a Home update so I don't panic and figure out the reason Home won't let me register my touch controllers is because my version of Home is from 6 months ago, and never updated since I never opened it while I was away.

  2. Make configure Rift an option in the initial dropdown - This is my most used reason for going into settings. Make it easier to get to.

  3. Redeem codes bar in Store - Make it so it's easier to find this by having it as part of the store tab once the store is fixed up.

  4. Allow unknown sources by default - Oculus plz.



Thoughts?

Comments

  • elbofforelboffor Posts: 2,572 Valuable Player
    I think the majority of this is personal preference and I actually like it the way it is.
    How things are out of the rift doesn't concern me (but that's my preference).
    In my opinionion the only thing that's really needed is customising what we can see and launch within home.

    As for refunds, steam only very recently started doing this. Pretty much all the other digital stores don't do it, so we shouldn't expect oculus to
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  • RorschachPhoenixRorschachPhoenix Posts: 1,594 Valuable Player
    I would like to play some demos. I can't play every game. Some games are just not for me. And I don't mean that I don't like those games but that I can't play those for long. Games like Eve Valkyrie or Project Cars. I would love to know that before I buy a game. You can find out if a game is for you or not in about 30 minutes.
    I want to buy "The Climb" but I am afraid that I can't play it, because maybe it is an unpleasent experience for me and then I have spend my money on a game that I am unable to play.
    This problem is the main factor for me not to buy games at all for VR right now.
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  • vannagirlvannagirl Posts: 2,002 Valuable Player
    elboffor said:
    I think the majority of this is personal preference and I actually like it the way it is.
    How things are out of the rift doesn't concern me (but that's my preference).
    In my opinionion the only thing that's really needed is customising what we can see and launch within home.

    As for refunds, steam only very recently started doing this. Pretty much all the other digital stores don't do it, so we shouldn't expect oculus to
    yes also steam have lowered the game quality entry so much that is they did not offer refunds there would be much more trouble.

    I think oculus will in time they are just trying to get the store established at this moment
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  • mambo1888mambo1888 Posts: 796
    Neo
    edited December 2016
    Id like to see demos added. Theres a few games Ive bought that I wouldn't if I had been able to play a demo first, recently Super Hot on OH and Serious Sam: The First Encounter on steam (I got a refund after 20 mins) because of this it sometimes feels like a safer bet buying on steam as you know if its not for you it can be refunded and you can buy something you like instead. While it would be great if OH allowed the same, demo's would be just as good. If you could download the full game and you got a timed or limited no of games trial of that game, would be great.

    I started a thread a few says ago, about household or family accounts. I think something is really needed for people who share their rift at home or just want to show friends and family what it can do without having to move save games all the time. A simple guest option would work for just showing it off where you can log in and then select guest so as not to use any of your save data. 

    This might not affect most people but for some like me who have their rift set up in a different room from the monitor, it would be nice to be able to run room setup completely from within the headset. Thats not a major issue as its still easy enough to do setup without this feature bar where you have to align the sensors to your position in the room.

    I think this has been mentioned before but an easier way to remove unwanted items from Not Installed list, I believe the only way at the moment is to reinstall and then when uninstalling select don't show in home anymore (or something to that affect) A simple right click and remove/hide from list would be better. Again not a major problem but would be nice.
  • WolfoxWolfox Posts: 62
    Hiro Protagonist
    edited December 2016
    The only thing OCULUS HOME needs is the possibility to move around in the "HOME" and personalize it, make you feel like HOME!
    For the content Oculus Gives I don't have issues, if i want i can go on steam to get others.
  • kevink808kevink808 Posts: 803
    3Jane
    Agree with a lot here, but actually my primary beef with Oculus Home is the aggravating way they randomly scramble the app tiles after you click one to look at it, then click to go back, only to have them scrambled so you have to try and scroll back to the ones you were looking for!  That is so damn asinine and I don't know why they did that except to maybe help some apps get better "shelf space" so they aren't ignored.
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  • ChoronzonChoronzon Posts: 341
    Nexus 6
    edited December 2016
    edit: not here.
  • XlordBXlordB Posts: 289
    Nexus 6
    I just want to see home get out of beta so we can have a proper create party with friends for messaging and talking

  • P3nT4gR4mP3nT4gR4m Posts: 1,709 Valuable Player
    Biggest pita for me is that you can't play game trailers in the rift. If I'm thinking about buying a game, I need to take off my rift and view the trailer on the desktop app. 

    Being able to customise Home would also be nice. The skyscraper thing is nice and all with the square flames and whatnot, but I'd much prefer to be in a demonic pit or a post apocalyptic wasteland when I put my rift on. Home is the VR equivalent of Windows desktop and it feels like being stuck with those crappy XP fields for our wallpaper. Doesn't feel like home to me unless sinners are roasting on an open fire.
  • EliteSPAEliteSPA Posts: 1,560
    Project 2501
    Why not something like Rec Room? You can interact with online players and launch the games inside the app and also easier for co-op, just my thoughts, I know Im asking too much but who knows!
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  • mambo1888mambo1888 Posts: 796
    Neo
    All the talk of customising home is a pretty cool idea. It would be good if games brought out Themes based around levels or locations from the game. They could have different ways of accessing the store and library that go with the game, like using orbs from The Unspoken to open games from your library. 
  • Hiro_Protag0nistHiro_Protag0nist Posts: 4,821 Valuable Player
    edited December 2016
    Why the obsession with moving around in Oculus Home?  There are games and apps you can do that in, what difference would it make that you can teleport or move 20 feet using a stick to see a different viewpoint in Oculus Home?

    As for the ideas in the first post - agreed, search and sorting needs ...sorting.
  • ZenbaneZenbane Posts: 14,613 Valuable Player
    @DoctorDoodle great post! I'd love to see all of that before the new year. Something tells me I'll have to wait longer though.
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  • kevink808kevink808 Posts: 803
    3Jane
    P3nT4gR4m said:
     Doesn't feel like home to me unless sinners are roasting on an open fire.
    When I read this line my brain processed it to the tune of "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." by Nat King Cole. Must be the season.
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  • kevink808kevink808 Posts: 803
    3Jane
    No one mentioned game trophies and memorabilia collected in-game to deck out your virtual apartment? That would be nice.  Forgot what console I had this in a long time ago.
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  • RedavenRedaven Posts: 12
    NerveGear
    edited February 2017
    Agreed - Oculus Home is too sterile.  Its got a home feel - you can see other rooms but you can't explore, or set a 'favourite' place to sit or viewpoint.

    There needs to be a clock showing local time.
    Library and Store items need to be able to show video/trailers etc.

    The avatar-selection room is a start, but is not a regular place to visit.

    Steam, while its more of a windowed interface, has handy features like a desktop view, web browser (although not secure), and many settings (downloads/speed/pause etc)
  • butchboy73butchboy73 Posts: 17
    NerveGear
    A couple of features I'd like to see in Oculus Home are 1) some sort of real world clock, and 2) the ability to categorize my apps and games so I don't have to scroll through them each time.
  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 26,156 Oculus Staff
    There is a clock in the Universal Menu. Just press the Oculus button.
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