In light of the massive changes brought on by home 1.31 i feel this is worth bringing forward.
I know its a big ask but i think now more than ever it would be a massive help to developers to be able to access a slimed down version of home akin to the pre core 2.0 update with control over mandatory updates.
My top reasons:
1) being forced to update with no warning can cause serious issues when deploying a build for important events such as trade shows or investor demos. Ive personally had multiple events along these lines turn into last minute scrambles to resolve game breaking issues that did not exist prior to a forced update. This is incredibly disruptive to development and causes many problems that we shouldnt have to deal with.
2) Multiplayer testing on a single machine is now a frustrating endeavour due to input now being limited to a single instance of an application. While most cases of mp development do require multiple machines for adequate testing, there are so many cases where rapid deployment and testing by a single dev is all thats required to replicate, test and resolve a bug.
Im not in any way trying to put down the current version of home as i think its an amazing step forward for VR but when ease of development becomes more difficult than it was in previous versions it can be very frustrating.
I hope to hear thoughts from other developers and oculus regarding this. I love working with the rift, id just love it even more if we had greater control over how the software behaves