After a month of waiting, Facebook has finally begun to roll out Local App Sharing and the ability to log into multiple accounts on Oculus Quest 2.
However, both functions are currently being trialled on Quest 2. "Eventually," a Facebook blog explains, "we'll enable Multi-User and App Sharing for all Quest users."
You'd be forgiven for thinking that the past few days have seen us all go soft on Facebook-Oculus; or perhaps it's just a week of better news. That is, especially if you're one of the swarms of fans who have been badgering Oculus for Multi-User support and Local App Sharing.
Yesterday, we reported that John Carmack, former CTO at Oculus from 2013 to 2019, had given some more context to Facebook's acquisition of the VR giant, explaining that before it "Oculus was a bit of a mess."
"All in all, not a perfect fairy tale outcome, but I still consider taking the acquisition offer as the correct thing for the company in hindsight."
But Facebook hasn't escaped our (slightly more) favourable gaze just yet. Yesterday, an Official Oculus blog revealed that the company had finally begun rolling out two of the community's most yearned-for features: Multi-User account support and Local App Sharing.
"The day has come!" the Oculus Blog post explains. "Today, we begin rolling out (as experimental features) two long-requested additions to Oculus Quest: Multi-User accounts and App Sharing."
"VR is a social experience, and that doesn't just mean online multiplayer," the blog writes. "We know Quest has become a shared device for many of you. We want to make it easier to share your Quest with the people you care about, whether with partner, a roommate, family, or friends."
"After all, how many first-time VR experiences start with someone saying 'Hey, check this out!' and passing the headset?" the blog explains.
Multi-User support and Local App Sharing will allow multiple Oculus accounts to log into a single headset, and share Oculus Store apps with any local account. Luckily, game progress and achievements will be unique to each account, as will friends lists, browser history, privacy settings, and more."
App Sharing will apply automatically to all new apps in the Oculus Quest Store from yesterday onwards. However, a "limited number" of pre-existing games will not yet be able through the feature unless each account purchases their own copy. "Over time we expect most of these apps to support additional users as well," the blog explains.
There will even been security features like an unlock pattern similar to that used on certain mobile phones, so none of your roommates can take advantage of your kindness and snoop in your account.
Finally, while Oculus Quest 2 has started to see these features supported, there is no concrete date set for when Original Quest users should expect the same capability. "Eventually," the blog concludes, "we'll enable Multi-User and App Sharing for all Quest users." When will that be? On that we can't be sure.
The blog also included a couple of qualifiers and disclaimers. You can find the original copy here.
- For now, the admin account (a.k.a. the account you used to set up your headset) can add up to three additional accounts and enable App Sharing on a single device. Remember, this is experimental—it might change as more households begin to own multiple Quest devices.
- To use Multi-User and App Sharing, the admin and additional account holders must each log in to the shared device with their respective Facebook accounts.
- Additional account holders can only access the admin account holder’s shared apps on the device where App Sharing is enabled. If the additional account holder purchases their own device or already has their own device, they won't be able to access the admin account’s shared apps on their own headset.
- Additional account holders may purchase their own apps and content on shared devices, but these apps won’t be shared with either the admin account or other additional accounts.
- You can still log in to multiple devices at the same time. However, you will not be able to use the same account to run the same app across multiple devices simultaneously. Different accounts can concurrently access a shared app on multiple headsets, keeping in mind that you can only enable App Sharing on a single device at the moment.
- The admin account cannot be changed without a factory reset. The admin account can add additional accounts, but additional accounts cannot add other accounts.
- Need tips on keeping your headset clean? You’ll find them here.
So, there we have it. Facebook-Oculus delivering on a couple of highly-requested Quest 2 features. Will it cultivate any favour among the fanbase? I guess we'll just have to wait and see!