How to use Oculus Voice with your Rift

Update March 2018: Oculus Voice has seemingly disappeared in the transition between the original Oculus Home and the Rift Core 2.0 updates. We will revisit this guide when Oculus Voice is enabled in Rift Core 2.0.

Oculus Voice is here, allowing you to navigate Oculus Home in your headset with nothing more than your voice. It comes on the heels of the Oculus Rooms 1.2 update, which also brings us increased social features, like watching 360-degree videos with friends and sharing VR livestreams through Facebook. To help you get acquainted, here's how to use voice commands with Oculus Voice.

How to enable Oculus Voice

Before Oculus will respond to voice commands, you have to enable Oculus Voice from inside your head-mounted display.

  1. Equip your Oculus Rift head-mounted display.
  2. Select Voice Search (Beta) using your Oculus remote or Touch controller.

    Select Voice Search (Beta) using a controller.

  3. Select Next using a controller.

    Select Next using a controller.

Oculus Voice should now remain enabled until you want to turn it off.

How to disable Oculus Voice

If you don't want your Rift listening for the words "Hey, Oculus" you can turn off Oculus Voice.

  1. Equip your Oculus Rift head-mounted display.
  2. Say Hey, Oculus.
  3. Select Settings at the bottom of the menu using a controller.

    Select Settings using a controller.

  4. Select Turn Off using your controller.

    Select Turn Off.

Oculus Voice will now remain disabled until you re-enable it.

Oculus Voice commands

Oculus plans on expanding the number of usable commands to include friend lists and invitations, but for now you can still launch games and search the Store for certain genres and titles.

Using voice commands.

Cancel That — Gets you out of launching a game or exits the "Hey, Oculus" screen.

Find — Use this to search the Store for specific games or for general genres.

Launch — Use this to launch Oculus experiences you already have installed.

Recenter — Say this to enter the "Reset View" screen. Note that you still need to use a controller to complete the process.

There are still some kinks to be ironed out — like the fact that you can't access Settings from the voice command menu without using a remote and you can't finish recentering your view without a remote — but this is a welcome step in the direction of ease-of-use.

Any other voice commands you've come across? Let us know!

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