Thanks to V Dashboard we will enjoy true multitasking ability from within our favorite virtual reality applications without any need to take off our helmet to check something on the monitor.
V is a program that allows us to inject applications such as Plex, Twitch, YouTube or even a web browser directly into virtual reality experiences. In SteamVR and HTC Vive there has been a similar application for a long time, but now for the first time Rift users will be able to enjoy the advantages of the so-called VR Dashboards. Thanks to V, those long days of exploring the galaxy in Elite Dangerous, those trips of transporting goods in Euro Truck Simulator or those long flights in FSX will become more enjoyable for us, having the possibility of embedding a web browser or watching a movie or TV series directly in the cabin of our vehicle, whether terrestrial, aerial or space. The windows that we integrate will also have a fixed position, so that they will always appear floating in the same place and we can approach and move away from them if we move our head, so they will be perfectly integrated into virtual reality applications and games. How could Frontier Developments not have thought that a spacecraft capable of jumping tens of light years in a few seconds could not have a simple integrated web browser? Now it’s possible.
This first beta still has performance drops, but it can help us to get an idea of the possibilities and help developers with it by giving ideas and reporting bugs. At the moment it only works with Windows 10 and Oculus Rift, although soon it will also have support for Windows 7 and 8 as well as SteamVR and HTC Vive, and other streaming services such as Netflix. You can download it at this link.