Yesterday I donned my three-week-old Oculus Quest 2 and determined to test in on Oculus Residence, a private 3D area that every Oculus consumer can customise with furnishings and any variety of private polygonal equipment. However once I rezzed in, one thing was amiss. Or somewhat, the whole lot was lacking: My dwelling had been stripped naked!
At first, I blamed myself. Certainly I’d achieved one thing funky on my PC that’d resulted in digital burglars absconding with my default-ass set of unremarkable furnishings. Or extra doubtless, my avatar was struggling persecution for being a witch. “A lot for a contemporary begin in a brand new city,” I lamented.
In my confusion I turned to Reddit, and it seems varied different Oculus Residence customers, throughout a number of headsets, have additionally been struck by easy criminals.
“I went onto Oculus Residence right now and my complete dwelling setting was empty EVERYTHING GONE,” stated one poster, and “…not solely that however any room i go to both or not it’s one which I personal or another person’s they’re additionally empty as nicely.”
“Identical with my Rift S. Fairly aggravated as a result of I had made a number of actually chill rooms with cozy inside design,” stated one other.
“This is the reason it is best to have dwelling insurance coverage,” supplied a 3rd. (As Mister Rogers informed us, at all times search for the helpers.)
One consumer summoned Oculus assist, which reported being conscious of and looking out into the problem. Presumably everybody’s Pier 1 Imports knock-off detritus shall be restored in due time. In my looking out, I seen this additionally occurred two and a half years in the past. Extra cybercrimes! It didn’t take too lengthy to crack that individual case, however one has to surprise what Oculus has goin’ on in that cloud of theirs if customers’ rigorously curated decors can so simply vanish.
Oculus Residence was launched on the tail finish of 2017 as part of Rift Core 2.0. On the time, CNET wrote, “Oculus believes the flexibility to customise VR to fit your tastes will make you’re feeling much more at dwelling.”
“We’re providing you with an area that belongs to you,” stated Oculus co-founder Nate Mitchell, blithely unaware of the large-scale furnishings heists to come back.
Possibly it’s simply me, however as a brand new Quest 2 consumer in 2021, Oculus Residence has a whiff of decay about it that makes me surprise if it’ll stick round for the lengthy haul. Because it’s a PCVR app and Quest is its personal platform, it now not masses by default whenever you begin utilizing the headset. I discover the interface clunky and am not very enticed by the flexibility to “go to” different customers’ Houses, even once they’re not stripped naked of all distinguishing traits.
Residence additionally nonetheless makes use of somewhat ugly, user-customized avatars that will even be legacy now since Oculus simply launched a “new, expressive” avatar system. (The brand new avatars are pretty indistinguishable from the generic type standard since Xbox 360’s avatar replace, in order that’s most likely a step in the fitting, if not a visually thrilling, path.) Lengthy story brief, I’m not very enticed to spend any time customizing my Oculus Residence as a result of it feels depreciated and provides me PlayStation Residence vibes (RIP).
Anyway, with out my furnishings there wasn’t a lot left to do in Residence apart from descend into insanity and stick Residence’s selfie cam deep into my avatar’s cranium.
Uh oh, the enamel warning.
You already know we’re gettin’ into dicey territory now…
Some actual Worry and Loathing vitality right here. Work it!
Effectively, that’s about it for now. Going to go lay on the onerous marble ground, I assume.