This new feature coming to Oculus Quest headsets will give VR enthusiasts more reason to be excited about what functionalities the anticipated v29 software is bringing to the collection.
Among the updates coming fresh to the Oculus Quest lineup is a new Casting feature called Live Overlay.
Live Overlay will allow users to look as though they are “in” whatever virtual reality can be seen through their headset by positioning their iOS phone (with the Oculus App installed and open) on a stable surface and aimed at themselves as they cast. Provided that they have toggled to Live Overlay and pressed record, they can easily film themselves in-game this way–it even works in selfie mode!
The Verge notes that this new Oculus Quest feature will function just fine with any VR app that can support recording and casting. The only requirements are a Quest headset (of course), an iPhone XS or newer, and the Oculus iOS app updated to its new version.
Is it like the MRC?
Those familiar with the brand may find Live Overlay to be somewhat reminiscent of the Oculus Mixed Reality Creator (MRC) Tool present in both Oculus Quest and Rift S devices. Contrastingly, the MRC Tool needs an adequate PC, graphics card, a 5GHz Wi-Fi router, 16 GB RAM rig, 1080p webcam, as well as a green screen.
According to Oculus, however, what mainly sets the two apart is that the MRC perfectly synchronizes the user with VR, as opposed to the way Live Overlay simply places the person over a first-person casting view.
Furthermore, in terms of updated casting features, Oculus now allows users to capture their dialogue through the built-in microphone on their headset when recording video clips or during casting sessions. Also, while this was once only limited to the Oculus Quest 2, both the app sharing feature and multi-user support will now be extended to those with the original Quest as well, letting multiple players share games using one headset.
A Files app that can be found in the app library is included in the new update as well. It will allow users to download and upload media files “to and from” their chosen websites by utilizing the headset’s built-in browser.
An Infinite Office update is also going to let Oculus Quest users of iOS on iPhone 7s and newer (support for Android said to be on its way) to view lockscreen notifications from their headset. There will also be an added shortcut in the Quick Settings menu for Passthrough commands to user interface.
Finally, there will be VR-related ads on the Oculus mobile app to help widen developer and audience horizons in terms of sharing and coming across content. While ads may not be every user’s favorite thing to see, they can be a great boost to small developers trying to work their way up in the industry.
With VR technology developers coming up with more ways to enhance the immersive and inclusive qualities of the virtual reality experience, there may be more and more gamers interested in giving it a shot. For those curious about this new update in particular, take a look at the Oculus Quest 2 here! Another headset model to test out, on which the MRC is compatible, is the Oculus Rift S.