Next Oculus Quest Update to Add Mixed Reality Overlay, Mic Recording and Much More
The Oculus Quest v28 update rolled out not too long ago bringing with it features such as 120Hz support and Air Link. Oculus has now revealed what we will see next in the v29 update which will come with some exciting updates particularly for those that want to record/stream gameplay or to work in VR.
Due to Oculus Quest 2’s extra processing power, the device can now support some extra movements that weren’t possible in the original Quest. There is some good news, too, for those that don’t own an Oculus Quest headset such as App Sharing and Multi-User Accounts feature that will now be available in the v29 headset which will enable the same headset to log into multiple accounts and even share supported videogames across these headsets.
The main features coming in the v29 update mainly cover content sharing. Players that want to record or stream the gameplays never had the option of a built-in headset microphone to use. This will now change with the upcoming update which will include a built-in microphone feature that will enable players to provide commentary on the gameplay without needing an external mic. The v29 software update will go a lot further as Oculus is planning to release a new casting feature through the Oculus App for iOS devices (iPhone XS and newer). This is known as ‘Live Overlay’ is pretty much a mixed reality (MR) recording within the Oculus app which allows apps that support casting and recording to put the player in the videogame. You simply have to point your smartphone camera at yourself and then press the Live Overlay toggle and begin recording. This feature works when using your front-facing selfie camera.
There is another new feature that aims to make it easier for developers to get their apps noticed. With the Oculus Store continuing to grow its content library, it is important to incorporate new ways of ensuring easy discoverability of new titles. As a result, the Oculus mobile app will soon start testing ads for content such as showing users new videogames from developers they have previously purchased content from. Facebook says it plans to ads that are relevant to every user but there will still be tools for reporting or hiding ads that control what is shown.
On the work side, users won’t just be able to see the keyboard in virtual reality. There is the Infinite Office iOS that enables users to stay connected by enabling phone notifications to allow them to see lock screen notifications in virtual reality (VR). With the Multi-User feature, Oculus says that a user’s notifications will not be visible to any other account holders, be they friends or colleagues, that are signed into the headset.
The v29 update will also bring an all-new Files App that allows the user to access, browse, manage, share, and to easily upload files. Users will also be able to download and upload media files to and from their favorite websites via a Browser.
Lastly, there is a Passthrough upgrade. There is a Passthrough Home “eye” icon found on the Quick Settings menu will be added that allows users to quickly view their surroundings if needed. As with other Oculus updates in the past, the v29 update will gradually roll out and may take up to a week before it arrives on your headset.