Oculus has rolled out a new update for its Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets today. The latest software update, v34, will bring "more versatile voice commands, Space Sense and phone notifications in VR". The company had initially announced the software update that is being rolled out today during the Metaverse announcement a few days ago.
The company is improving voice commands to handle everyday tasks more conveniently. Users will now be able to use voice commands to pause and play media on Oculus TV. These commands will also help "show or hide your Move stats, open your Settings tabs (like jumping straight to your WiFi options), and even answer simple questions."
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With the v34 update, Android users will now be able to see their phone notifications in VR. This capability was introduced to iOS users with May’s v29 software update. Android users can now set up phone notifications via the Oculus App, and then enable them via the headset’s settings menu. "You can receive in-VR notifications for any mobile app that currently displays notifications on your phone’s lock screen," according to Oculus.
Space sense is a feature that will help VR users to detect any intrusion in their VR space while they are in the virtual realm. Metaverse's gaming subsidiary says that this is a "much-requested feature" and it can be accessed from the Experimental Features tab of the Settings menu.
"Space Sense enables you to see when objects or people intrude on your Guardian bounds. Other people, large pets, a chair that’s been dragged out of its usual spot—these objects and more should now be highlighted in your headset, surrounded by a pink-ish glow," quoted Oculus.
While Facebook rebranding to Metaverse captured most of the limelight, the Oculus Quest update also managed to grab more than a million views. "Our next phase of VR releases includes a more social Home space, a new platform for your favorite internet apps, Quest for Business (which will be accessed via new Work Accounts) for those trying out virtual work, a fitness-centric accessories pack for all you Beat Saber Expert+ players, new tools so developers can build incredible mixed-reality experiences," said Oculus during the Metaverse announcement.
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