Oculus Quest: SideQuest Has a Massive UI and Features Update
The sideloading app SideQuest is getting a major user interface (UI) and features update. What are some of these improvements and new functions? We take a look.
SideQuest has been the number one spot for Oculus Quest users to get their hands on indie and early access titles that have not been officially approved for Quest Store. It is also widely used for mods for some of the most popular games that are officially on the Quest store, such as Beat Saber. SideQuest is also used for some of the popular VR ports, VR demos, Wi-Fi streaming for PC VR titles as well as custom songs for Beat Saber among others.
In spite of its usefulness for the Quest experience, SideQuest hasn’t really been a user-friendly platform. That is about to change thanks to the latest SideQuest update that totally overhauls its user interface and includes improved sorting options as well as some brand new categories. It now has new options such as Hot & Fresh, Staff Picks and Latest Apps & Games up to the top which simplifies the search and enables you to easily find the hottest new titles to play, particularly for new Oculus Quest users that might be attempting the SideQuest sideloading marketplace.
The user interface has undergone a complete redesign that is now clearer and tidier. This has been mostly enabled by the seven new app categories which enable you to find what you are looking for a lot quicker.
If you have registered on the site and has a profile on it, you will now get access to a newsfeed containing your favorite SideQuest apps, enabling you to also keep up to date with the various events that have been organized by the developers like the multiplayer tournaments.
Now it will be possible for you to follow all your favorite developers and games. You will find the updates from these favorites under the News section on SideQuest. This ensures that you won’t miss out on any interesting update from your favorites.
Apart from the new user interface, SideQuest will also natively work with the Virtual Desktop and Oculus Link, thereby bringing forth new titles that allow you to easily launch the Windows PC versions of the virtual reality games on SideQuest. SideQuest will now support Quest apps that run on PC and which are streamed to the Oculus Quest headset through Oculus Link or Virtual Desktop.
The PC-VR support is still in beta and is at the moment only available on the website. The corresponding SideQuest apps are under the new platform category. The WebXR and the Oculus-Go compatible apps can also be found here.
SideQuest is Open Source Once Again
This is back by popular community demand. Since May this year, developers have been keeping the SideQuest source code under lock and key to prevent quest piracy and other abuses. Following consultations with Oculus, the source code has been returned online.
SideQuest will help combat piracy through the inclusion of a community-based Safeside control system that will warn SideQuest users of any pirated or harmful content that is still active. According to SideQuest CEO Shane Harris, the platform has already received thousands of Safeside submissions from the community, a collaborative community effort that helps protect one another as well as the industry at large.
In spite of the enhancements, SideQuest remains a third-party marketplace and you have to learn how to sideload apps on Oculus Quest first before you fully exploit its new UI and other features. Once you have learnt the sideloading setup process, you can access the numerous experiences on SideQuest that are not found on the official Oculus Store.
The Oculus Store also has a great selection of apps and games that you can pick from but the Oculus Store has a very stringent policy regarding what they allow into their store and that means some really good games and experiences don’t go past the editorial and approvals brick wall to reach the millions of users on the official Oculus Store.