Voice Command Beta For Oculus Home Released

Oculus has created probably the best way to access content while you’re encumbered with a headset on your head and controllers in your hands: Voice Search.

Virtual Reality and concurrently its software is still in the early stages of development, notwithstanding the boom created by availability of consumer VR in the form of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Software to access your VR content is thus quite primitive in the sense that there’s no equivalent to the convenience of the mouse and keyboard combo on a traditional desktop.

Voice Search eliminates the need to “click” (using head motion and controller input) and search through many levels of menus and items in a whole library of content – this can get tedious very quickly. With Voice Search, sifting through the actual content is accomplished with a single command, then combined with your head movement and controller, content can be accessed immediately. This works for both the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, by the way.


There’s even a feature that enables re-centering the view of your virtual desktop – something that currently would take multiple steps and a dedicated program on the HTC Vive. As this feature is currently still in beta, there should still be a lot to look forward to, may I  suggest an Echo or Siri-like interaction while in VR? That would be swell.

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