Quest Pro Recordings Now Include the Real-World World Passthrough Background
The Meta Quest Pro recordings now include real-world passthrough which enables you to capture the full mixed reality experience.
Before, the real-world sections of mixed reality apps that were recorded with the in-camera headset capture would appear as empty blackness. However, following the update v47, the recordings no longer exclude the physical world.
Technically, the Meta Quest Pro headset is now like a wearable video camera after the update. This might lead to new privacy concerns. However, the passthrough video is still of a much lower quality than the smartphones of a decade ago.
The version 47 (v47) update is the first major Quest Pro software update following its launch in October 2022. It is also the last Quest Pro update this year. More updates will, of course, roll out throughout 2023. One of the notable new changes from the update is the replacement of the contoured translucent “ghost hands” in the Quest’s Home environment with the user’s Meta Avatar which will show their arms and torso.
In the announcement blog post, Meta claims the v47 update adds Background Audio Playback, a new experimental feature. However, this feature was also available in v46 following the launch of the Quest Pro headset. The new audio feature allows users to keep the audio from browser windows or from the sideloaded Android apps running in the background such as Spotify.
The announcement blog post claims that the v47 update adds “a redesigned library and new ways to filter and search through your games.” However, this feature may not appear immediately in your headset after the v47 update. Meta updates usually roll out progressively over a week or so.