Virtual Reality (VR) enthusiasts, rejoice! Meta Quest has just released its v50 software update, which brings a slew of exciting new features and improvements to its Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro headsets. The new update includes a new experimental feature called Direct Touch, which enables users to “tap” and “swipe” through the Meta Quest interface in their home environment using hand tracking technology, making it easier and more intuitive to navigate the system.
Another major addition to the update is in-game multitasking, which was previously only available on the Meta Quest Pro. Now, Meta Quest 2 users can also use 2D apps (such as the Meta Quest Browser) without having to close the game they are currently playing. This means users can multitask seamlessly and access other apps while still enjoying their favourite games.
The v50 update also includes improvements to the Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, reducing the amount of time it takes for the controllers to wake up and pair with the headset. This feature is specific to the Meta Quest Pro and makes the controllers quicker to respond when first picking up the headset or switching from hand tracking back to controllers.
Direct Touch is perhaps the most exciting addition to the Meta Quest update, as it makes hand tracking much more versatile and engaging. By enabling the Direct Touch feature, users can tap buttons with their index finger to adjust their settings or select games from their library, type messages on the virtual keyboard, and more. The new gesture for hands-based locomotion in First Hand also makes hand tracking a more versatile interaction system for VR, paving the way for developers to create more engaging and immersive VR experiences.
Overall, the Meta Quest v50 update is a significant improvement to the VR experience and shows that Meta Quest is committed to continuously improving and innovating its products. If you own a Meta Quest 2 or Meta Quest Pro headset, keep an eye out for the update, which will be rolling out gradually over the next few weeks. The future of VR looks bright, and Meta Quest is leading the way with its latest software update.