A new release is upon us for Shadow VR (Alpha). Go get it on Sidequest!
Those are the top 3 improvements brought upon by this release:
Reworked UI to match with our other apps
Proper Quest 2 support / We have fixed the IPD issue
Implemented a workaround to be able to start Shadow VR while the Shadow is Shut down
Our team believes in starting small and fast, releasing then polishing. Our previous launcher design was never meant to stay but it was fast to implement and functional. We thank it for now!
Say hi to the first iteration of our new launcher which design matches that of our other apps.
Please share your feedback as to what functionalities and buttons you’d like to see to completely feel at home. We know we are going to have to implement a settings panel at one point and your feedback will help shape it.
IPD bug on Quest 2 fix
We released Quest 2 support on version 3.4.1 but we were missing something as users with different IPD settings would get a distorted/duplicated image making it unusable. We have fixed it, now properly taking into account the IPD settings used.
Quest 2 is a go!
Starting Shadow VR from scratch!
One of the key promises of Shadow VR is to be able to do it all from your VR headset without having to pre launch your Shadow on another device only to switch to your Quest. We have identified that starting and launching Shadow VR then SteamVR directly from a Shadow that was shutdown would systematically result in severe performance issues. There does not seem to be something we can do to correct this at the moment so the team has come up with a work-around.
Now when starting Shadow VR, if your Shadow is not started yet, the stream will launch in desktop mode first, resolving performance issues and allowing you to switch manually to VR mode from within the headset. We plan on adding a shortcut to do the switch even faster in a future release.
In addition to this we have also worked on the following improvements and bug fixes
Dynamic bitrate has been implemented by default. Whenever your network slows down we adjust the stream quality to keep the experience as fluid as possible
Fixed a bug where centering your position with a long press of Oculus button would not work. It now works consistently both in stream and in the launcher.
You do not need to click twice on Start Shadow VR to reach SteamVR anymore. One click is enough.
Credentials should be saved from now on between version updates
Quest 2 controller model has been implemented within SteamVR if you are using a Quest 2
Fixed a bug where Quest 2 controllers would blink in the launcher
We feel that the one remaining roadblock to releasing the app to beta is the head movement fluidity. Our team member in charge of the streamer is completely focused (and has been for a few weeks) on reworking the way we do it.
We will be bringing improvements to both the desktop mode and the launcher
We have updated our list of known issues and planned feature with this release’s content so you can follow up on our progress.
And keep sharing your feedback and bug reports in the appropriate forum section, it really helps!