Oculus announced that voice speech recognition is now available in English for users of the Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR headset. You can use your voice to navigate games and apps, and new features will be coming soon to enhance the social VR experience. Oculus wants everyone to be able to share their VR experience with all of their friends.
Although this doesn’t make the VR experience fully accessible for a blind person, it is a step in the right direction. Using this feature along with several other features for low vision users definitely helps those users enjoy the VR headsets that are out there.
From the Developer
We’re excited to announce that Oculus Voice is rolling out to English speakers on both Rift and Gear VR today. This feature lets you perform voice searches from Oculus Home to intuitively navigate games, apps, and experiences.
Over time, we’ll add even more functionality like seeing if a friend is online or contextual commands to invite people to play a game with you.
This is just the beginning. We can’t wait to bring the future of social VR to the Oculus Platform.
— The Oculus Team