Meta is rolling out a new software update, version 55, for its popular VR headsets, Quest 2 and Quest Pro. The update brings significant performance enhancements, along with updates to the Messenger and Explore experiences.
While the highly anticipated Meta Quest 3 VR headset is set to launch in September, users can enjoy improved performance on their Quest 2 and Quest Pro devices in the meantime. The v55 update introduces a 19 percent GPU speed increase for Quest 2 and an 11 percent boost for Quest Pro. Additionally, both headsets receive up to a 26 percent increase in CPU power.
These performance upgrades translate into smoother gameplay and a more responsive user interface, according to Meta. The company has also introduced Dynamic Resolution Scaling, allowing applications to leverage higher pixel density while maintaining consistent frame rates.
Developers will have the opportunity to optimize their games and apps to take advantage of these performance gains. In a sample video shared by Meta, The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners showcases higher resolution visuals thanks to the headset performance updates.
The v55 update also brings new software experiences to the VR headsets. The Explore tab now integrates Meta's media content, including short-form videos, content from Facebook and Instagram accounts, and Reels. Meta Horizon Worlds introduces new locations to explore and offers new digital outfits for avatars. The Explore feature is gradually rolling out to users.
In a previous software version, Meta introduced notifications from non-VR apps, including Messenger. With the v55 update, Meta is launching a separate Messenger app in VR, enabling users to communicate with friends without needing to remove their headsets or reach for their smartphones.
Furthermore, the Meta Quest Browser now supports multi-touch gestures, allowing users to zoom in, interact with elements, and navigate using hand gestures alongside the Touch controllers. This feature provides users with a glimpse of the hand controls available in Meta's upcoming headset.
With these updates, Meta aims to enhance the overall VR experience and keep the Quest 2 and Quest Pro devices supported for an extended period.