Greetings from Graham, Jesse, Ron & VRPill from VRChat.
We have big things coming including the upgrade to Unity 5.6 that many of you have been waiting for. But before then we need to make sure a few matters are taken care of.
This means it's really important for all non-steam VRChat users to login to the website https://vrchat.com/login or the VRChat client before June 14th and accept the new terms of service.
We're sorry for the inconvenience, and wouldn't do this if we didn't feel strongly that it was the right thing to do to protect our users. Please share this information with your friends and we'll try to get the word out to everyone who may be affected. If you know someone who's account is removed on the 14th, please let them know that they merely have to create a new one and they are back to the party - or they can log in to VRChat through Steam.
Instance Tech v1.0 is here! You can now create friend only & invite only versions of the hundreds of rooms in VRChat. If you open a private room instance, you will now be able to kick unwanted users out of that world.
We have also added the ability to switch your mic straight from the menu. We have also been busy making our YouTube walls look glorious. Be sure to drop by the Cinema YouTube or any room with a panel and check it out!
If you are and Oculus Rift user experiencing FPS issues with the Oculus build on our website, please use this Steam build instead for better performance.
Private Worlds - Users can create private copies of public worlds. When creating a new instance, there will be the option to create a friends-only or invite-only private world
Request Invite - Users can request an invitation from a friend in an invite-only world
Private World Moderation - Authors of any world, and owners of private worlds can kick unwanted users out
Microphone Switching - Users can now change their microphones in System Menu
Improved Voice - Speech should be more consistent, with less dropout. Users with high latency or low bandwidth should also experience improved voice chat
See Friends - Friends are no longer blocked by personal space
Seated and Standing Play - Oculus users with an Xbox controller are set for Seated Play, while those with Touch controllers are set to Standing Play.
Shortcut menu buttons have been renamed and have icons added.
Better video - gamma correction and linear filtering added to YouTube panels
Users who are sitting should appear to be so even when others leave and reenter the world
Youtube panels should not sync across worlds
Gamma fixed on Youtube Panels
VRChat now works with the Steam VR Beta
Other users’ mouths move if they are talking even if you have them muted
At VRChat, we want to enable our users to have the power to do what they want to do, wherever they want to do it, and with whomever they want. This update is the start of giving everyone that power, while ensuring VRChat is a fun place for everyone in our community.
NEW COMMUNICATION SYSTEM
Our next version of VRChat might seem a little bit quiet to you! In this next build, in order to listen to another player speak, you'll need to open your quick menu, select that player then select the green sound icon. You can now hear everything they have to say. If what they say makes you frown you can click the sound icon again to mute them. If not you can continue to be dazzled by their wit. They can now do the same thing to you and you can carry on chatting freely with each other.
You can also friend another user and if they accept it’ll unmute you both. If you have been playing VRChat up until now, all of your friends will automatically have an open channel of communication with you.
NAME TAG COLORS AND ICONS
There have been new colors and icons added on nametags. This is to make things easier for you when identifying other players. Let’s break it down:
Gray nametag - These indicate that you cannot hear the other person. You can still see that they are attempting to speak as their name tag will light up grey and the speaker icon with an x next to it will animate.
Green nametag - These indicate that you are able to hear the other user. It is possible they could still have you muted and if so you’ll see an icon for an ear with a red x.
Gold nametag - Hosts have gold nametags and are there to help. Don’t be afraid to come up and say hi. Hosts can hear everyone so no need to open up communication with them.
The Ear icon - An ear with a small x on it is visible if another player has you muted and can't hear you.
The Speech icon - when players are talking, you will always see an animated speech icon.
The Friend icon - if you are friends with someone a small icon in the upper left of their name tag will be visible.
When someone gets too close to you their avatar will disappear. For those who don’t mind getting up close and personal, the Personal Space feature can be disabled in system settings. Let’s get some stepped up personal space up in this place!
We listen carefully and value all feedback from our community. We’ll work hard and continue to improve VRChat with regular updates. Next on the list is something quite a few people have been requesting. The ability for users to create private instances of worlds! This will allow people to open up worlds that allow in their friends or only select people they invite. We hope this and the above features will improve the experience for everyone!
We have been working hard the last few weeks on two exciting new FPS maps: Blast Factory & Miner's Dispute. These are available now in VRChat free!
Blast Factory - Introducing CTF Blast Factory! A dynamic grenade themed map. Race to grab power from the lower level and bring it to the upper platform. Plugging it in activates grenade spawners and teleports for a short time. All new map layout including more protected flag zones.
Miner's Dispute - Introducing Miner Dispute! A more intense map for smaller groups. Bandits raid a gold mining camp while the Sheriffs try to stop them. Use of TNT or the river is highly recommended in this close quarters battle.
Small but an important patch. You should notice improvements in the audio and more. For all of you who are enjoying Capture the Flag & Steel 'n' Gold, you might find a new map from each very soon! Stay tuned.
CHANGES - Tweaked audio drop off so separate conversations can be had more easily in all worlds - Steel 'n' Gold now allows joining of games in progress with same feature coming soon to CTF Arena.
FIXES - More fixes for users unable to get into the HUB occasionally. If the HUB fails to load, VRChat will automatically try to load a new HUB instance and it works this time. Probably.