The latest v35 software update is now available for your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 headset. Many new features, such as mixed reality and virtual reality calls, are included in this update.
New v35 Update Is Now Available
Meta recently announced that the last software update for the Quest headsets will be in 2021. This update, dubbed v35, adds features that allow you to use your VR headset for more everyday tasks like making phone calls.
There are also numerous enhancements to the features that already existed in the Oculus Quest headsets. This update appears to be part of Meta’s goal of making the metaverse accessible to the general public.
The new update adds a slew of new features for you to experiment with in your own virtual world. Here’s what you can expect.
New mixed reality capabilities
A new feature called mixed reality is included in the update. This feature is a novel way to get players involved in VR gaming. You can now show a real-life image of yourself within the game instead of just the environment to create a more immersive experience.
Live Overlay was a similar feature in the previous v29 update. However, that feature only allows you to superimpose yourself in gameplay footage from an Oculus Quest perspective. Without any additional effort, mixed reality will allow you to see yourself in the game from the perspective of your iPhone.
Unfortunately, mixed reality is currently limited. This feature is only available if you have an iPhone XS or later model, as well as iOS 11.0 or higher installed. In addition, you’ll need to download the Oculus mobile app.
New ways to personalize your office
Horizon Workrooms’ virtual offices will gain customization features with the new v35 update.
You’ll only be able to choose between different office environments and add posters or your company’s logo for the time being.
Although it may not appear to be much at the moment, there are plans in the works to allow you to create your own office spaces in the future. You’ll be able to design an office space that reflects you or your business.
Your favorite games’ cloud backup
Virtual reality gamers will be pleased to learn that the v35 update adds the ability to save game progress online. Cloud Backup is a new system that allows you to store all of your data in the cloud. That way, you’ll be able to switch to a new Oculus headset, reset your current headset, or even delete your game and resume it as if nothing had happened.
If you’ve already installed v35, this feature might not be available yet. Cloud backups are gradually becoming more accessible to all users, so you should give it some time.
Call friends in VR
You’ll be able to communicate with your friends and family in a new way soon. Messenger Calling in VR will be available in your Oculus Quest headset over the next few weeks.
In a virtual space, you’ll be able to call and hang out with friends. The good news is that your friends won’t need a VR headset to answer your calls. They can also make and receive calls from any platform that supports Messenger.
App sharing and multi-user settings now official
The Multi-User and App Sharing features have been moved out of the experimental phase and into the standard Oculus settings with the v35 update.
You can now create and manage multiple accounts on your headsets without having to share any personal information. You’ll be able to share your Quest headset with others without having to worry about them messing with your settings, game progress, or friends list.
Update your Quest headset
The v35 update is now available for download, though some of the previously mentioned features may not be fully functional. You’ll have to wait for the company to gradually roll out all of these features. Meanwhile, you can pass the time by watching some of the streaming services that your headset supports.