Latest Meta Quest 2 Update Brings Undisturbed VR Joy


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The latest Meta Quest 2 update brings a new home environment, a do not disturb mode and a web hub for parental monitoring.

Meta writes on the Oculus Blog that the update will be released shortly. The update has yet to appear in the Meta Quest release notes, the website that lists the full release notes.

The update is version number 49, with Meta skipping update 48. The latest update was just under two months old and rolled out at the end of November.

If you now think that the first update of the year will bring nice new features (couch mode) or improvements (performance increase), you are wrong. Meta apparently saved them for later. But what exactly does Update 49 bring?

New and improved home environments

In December, the winter home environment polar village with snowy houses and impressive northern lights came out just in time for the Christmas season. With update 49, Meta introduces the home environment Abstraction: a colorful and abstract landscape without real objects, supposed to promote concentration.

Meta also adds several hotspots to the Desert Terrace, Space Station, and Winter Lodge home environments, allowing you to explore new areas. Also new are virtual armchairs and sofas to sit with your guests.

“Do not disturb” mode

VR is meant to be immersive, so constantly popping up messages like “Player X has started game Y” hurts the VR experience rather than improving it.

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A new “Do not disturb” mode fixes this and prevents irrelevant messages from appearing in games and apps. The new mode complements the old “Do Not Disturb” mode, which works system-wide, meaning whether you’re in menus or in games and apps.

Web Hub for Parental Supervision

Meta first introduced parental supervision tools with Update 41, which rolled out last summer.

Although these settings were previously only available in the Meta Quest application, they are now available on the web with update 49.

In what’s called the Family Center, parents and guardians can find answers to common questions, see what tools are available, and make settings: to restrict which apps kids can access or to check which games they’ve purchased. and how much time they spend in VR.


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