The update focuses on several quality of life features.
what you need to know
- Starting today, the v37 update for the Quest virtual reality headset rolls out several new features.
- Apple’s Magic Keyboard can now be paired with a headset and viewed in VR.
- Other features in the update include resizing windows, manually tracking gestures, and a way to share website links between the smartphone and the headset.
The v37 update for the Quest 2 and other Quest virtual reality headsets is rolling out to users starting today, with new features focused on more or simpler ways of working in VR.
The first big feature is that the Quest 2 supports Apple’s Magic Keyboard. Now users can pair the keyboard with the headset and view a 3D model of the keyboard and your hand at home. It can be paired via the Experimental Features panel in Settings, and also requires hand tracking to be enabled to work. According to the announcement, developers will be able to add the Apple Magic Keyboard and Logitech’s K830 keyboard, which has been in Home since last year’s v28 update, will support their own apps sometime next week.
Another feature added in the update is the ability to resize the 2D window in Home. There are now two display options for viewing windows with tablet and desktop modes. Tablet mode displays a “single close-up window”, while desktop mode is usually a larger window, farther away and supporting multitasking.
All windows, including the store and library, will open in the selected option, but can be toggled at any time via the small grey line below the panel. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrates this new feature below.
The v37 update also introduces some smaller features such as hand tracking gestures for the quick action menu (by turning the palm up and making a pinch motion), a redesigned explore page on first launch, and the ability to share website links between users . Smartphones and headsets via the Oculus mobile app. The latter option is only available for Android devices at the time of the update, but will come to iOS in the future.
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Compared to the original virtual headset, Quest 2 offers increased power, resolution and flexibility. It is a complete all-in-one headset that works without connecting to a PC or smartphone.