Start the new year on an unfortunate way.
what you need to know
- Users reported visual bugs in the January 2022 v37 Quest 2 system update.
- These visual errors come in the form of chromatic aberrations or colored fringe streaks and appear to be software processing errors.
- Oculus Support has acknowledged the issue.
If your Oculus Quest 2 received the January 2022 v37 update, you might notice that things look a little funny. Some users on Reddit quickly started reporting that things didn’t look right, and according to Oculus support, something seemed to be going wrong with the v37 update.
Specifically, these users complained about chromatic aberration in everything they saw in VR. Chromatic aberration often appears in photos and is a by-product of the way the lens works. It can be described as a colored edge at the edge of an object.
This color fringing is usually removed by software processing algorithms, but it seems that something has been tweaked or turned off in the latest update. The difference can be seen in the image above, Tweeted by @SadlyItsBradley.
“The team is working on these reports and will update the community as more is shared,” Meta said in a statement.
Quest updates are always rolled out to users gradually, and the rollout of the v37 update started on January 19th. It’s unclear how many users received the update, or how many of them were affected by the bug. Performing a factory reset after receiving the update doesn’t seem to fix the problem.
There is no way to turn off automatic firmware updates on the Quest 2 operating system. If you want to avoid any potential trouble with the update, the best solution is to disable wi-fi on the Quest 2.