Beloved Facebook subsidiary Oculus has announced that going forward, the Oculus Rift will only support Windows 10 systems once the Rift Core 2.0 update drops. While this isn’t expected to lead to any near-term loss of features or capabilities on Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, the firm’s messaging is clear: Update now.
Here’s what the company had to say: Windows 7 and 8.1 users are still supported for the Rift features they know and love today, but they may not be able to use many new and upcoming features and apps. We encourage everyone who isn’t already running Windows 10 to upgrade now to avoid missing out on what’s next Windows 10 is now the minimum and recommended operating system spec for Rift.
With most active Rift owners (95%) running Windows 10, this ensures we’re focused on delivering the latest advancements to the highest number of people possible. If you’re currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, we recommend that you update to Windows 10 now to take full advantage of Rift’s functionality, features, and growing content library.
Oculus isn’t exactly clear on what this lack of compatibility means for future titles, but the company calls out two features that aren’t coming to Windows 7 or 8.1: Oculus Desktop (the ability to view your desktop in VR) and the ability to use the Oculus Dash as an overlay. This last doesn’t seem like much of a loss — I can count on no hands the number of times I’ve thought “Thank God for the Steam overlay!” as opposed to “G, get off my screen!” when I accidentally enabled the “feature,” and the only redeeming use for Steam’s overlay in this regard is that you can use it to take screenshots.
The ability to view one’s desktop while in VR could be useful, however, when your VR gaming session is interrupted and you’d like to check what’s going on outside of the application without taking your headset off. Artist’s depiction. Read more from extremetech.com…
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