Meta is set to release a new update, v56, for its popular Quest VR headsets, bringing a range of exciting upgrades.
The update will introduce improved hand tracking, system-level live captions, button remapping for controllers, and the return of livestreaming to Facebook.
The Hand Tracking 2.2 enhancement aims to improve the responsiveness of hand movements in VR, making the experience more intuitive and closer to using physical controllers. To demonstrate this feature, Meta has introduced the Move Fast demo app on its App Lab.
Another addition is swipe typing on the virtual keyboard, providing users with a more efficient way to type in VR compared to traditional methods of picking individual virtual keys in midair.
The update also focuses on accessibility with system-level live captions. These captions will be available in Meta Quest TV, Explore, and the Meta Quest Store, enhancing the overall usability of the VR experience and making it more inclusive for people who are hard of hearing or Deaf.
In response to user feedback, Meta is bringing back the ability to livestream from Quest headsets to Facebook. The revamped livestreaming feature promises high-quality video output and persistent access to a live chat panel, allowing users to interact with friends during their streams.
One particularly convenient feature in v56 is automatic updates while the Quest headset is charging. When plugged in, the headset will automatically power on and perform seamless app and operating system updates as well as cloud backups.
The full v56 update is set to roll out gradually starting from the week of July 24th, bringing significant improvements to the Quest VR experience and addressing user requests for enhanced features and accessibility.