Meta rolled out a brand new Quest replace that brings to the headset some beforehand revealed stuff, similar to app-based locks and monitoring help for extra keyboards, but in addition some new options too which the corporate hopes will instill extra confidence in person privateness, together with encryption for textual content and voice chats by way of Messenger and in-headset 3D Safe funds.
Within the Quest v40 replace, Meta is testing end-to-end encryption for Messenger’s one-on-one messages and calls in VR, which is now provided as an opt-in characteristic. The corporate initially rolled out encryption for Messenger on non-VR gadgets way back to 2016, nevertheless that is the primary time it’s provided on Quest headsets.
“Conserving your info safe is one among our prime priorities, not simply in VR however throughout Meta apps and applied sciences. When individuals belief that their conversations are really non-public, they really feel protected to precise themselves and construct stronger on-line connections,” the corporate says in a weblog submit.
Meta says you may examine the privateness of your communication by evaluating keys with somebody. “If the keys match, messages and calls are secured with end-to-end encryption,” says an outline of the characteristic.
Quest v40 additionally consists of the app-based lock characteristic which was beforehand introduced as part of the corporate’s rising suite of parental controls. This lets dad and mom prohibit entry to sure apps, requiring them to enter a sample to unlock content material which may in any other case be unsuitable for his or her child’s age. Meta calls it a “place to begin for fogeys as we start rolling out our parental supervision instruments within the coming months.”
The replace brings a brand new spin on how customers enter 3D Safe data when utilizing a bank card too. Earlier than the replace, customers must enter 3D Safe immediately on the Oculus cell app, nevertheless now you may handle the additional authorization layer while in VR.
And maintaining customers in VR appears to be the most important theme with v40, because the replace additionally now consists of keyboard monitoring help for the Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, and each the Logitech K375s and Logitech MX Keys.
First launched final yr, keyboard monitoring enables you to see a digital model of a keyboard inside your headset to make typing simpler. Till now, the one two supported keyboards had been Logitech K830 and Apple Magic Keyboard (sans keypad).
Lastly, Meta has added two new choices to its Accessibility menu which it goals to make Quest extra comfy for people who find themselves exhausting of listening to: Mono Audio possibility, which disables spatial audio by projecting the identical audio from each the left and proper audio system, and the power to regulate steadiness of the left and proper audio channels.
To see if you have already got v40, merely pop in your Quest 2, go to Fast Settings –> Settings –> System –> Software program Replace. There you may see the software program model working in your headset and whether or not an replace is offered or not.