Second Life updates graphics, promises Oculus Rift support ‘soon’

Second Life, it seems, is getting a second lease on life. In a video today, Linden Labs announced a revamp of the now decade-old open world, which has quietly maintained a solid fanbase even as a bout of mid-2000s hype died down. The graphics seem to have gotten a notable update — you won’t find the uncanny photorealism of a next-generation shooter, but the chunky solid colors of old avatars have given way to more detailed textures and better lighting. Linden Labs is also promising to make the site friendlier for first-time visitors, and it’s added simpler chat and shopping functions and the option to share notes and pictures to Facebook.