Oculus has released v29 of its Oculus Quest software, adding new features such as iOS message support, a new interface, a new files app, and more.
Phone notifications with a compatible iPhone (XS or newer) is one of the most surprising new additions. Similar notifications for Android phones is not even out yet. The v29 Quest software allows you to view phone notifications without removing your headset.
Oculus Quest 1 users will be happy to hear that multi-user account support is rolling out to them as well. This feature was released for Quest 2 players back in February.
A new Files app allows you to access, browse, manage, share, and organize files located on your VR device. Additionally, you will be able to download files from Oculus Browser to the Files App and upload files from your device to websites via Browser.
For a full list of changes in the new Oculus update, refer to the full change log below!
Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing for Quest
- We launched Multi-User Accounts and App Sharing for Quest 2 in February and are excited to announce the release of Multi-User Accounts for Quest.
- With this new addition, you can use multiple Oculus accounts on one Quest headset.
- Learn how to add additional accounts to your Oculus Quest.
Record Audio with Headset Mic
- We’ve added the ability to record your headset mic audio while recording video or casting in VR. When you begin recording video, your mic audio will automatically begin recording as well.
- To stop recording your mic audio, mute your mic in the Quick Actions menu.
- You can now view Phone Notifications without removing your headset. You’ll receive notifications to your headset from apps you’ve enabled lock screen notifications for on your iPhone.
- This feature is for iOS only, but Android support is coming soon.
- If you use Oculus with Multi-User Accounts, your notifications will be secured and inaccessible by secondary account holders.
- To begin receiving iPhone notifications to your Oculus headset, turn on Phone Notificationsfrom the Devices section of your Oculus app.
- You’ll now be able to access, browse, manage, share, and organize files located on your VR device. Additionally, you will be able to download files from Oculus Browser to the Files App and upload files from your device to websites via Browser.
Passthrough Environment Shortcut
- You’re now able to quickly access Passthrough through a new shortcut. Use this to set your default Home environment as Passthrough, and switch back and forth between reality and virtual reality. To access this shortcut, look for the Passthrough Home “eye” icon on the Quick Settings menu.
- Light Theme is being introduced to Oculus Quest 2 and Quest. You’re able to change the appearance of system features and Oculus apps to a light theme.
- To opt in to this experimental feature, open your Universal menu, Select Settings, then select Experimental Features. Choose Display Theme to select between a dark or light theme.
- We’ve redesigned our Universal menu to make it easier to multi-task and quickly access pinned and recently launched apps. You’ll still be able to access core system-level functions like your Settings, Notifications and headset battery level.
- We’ve added Night Display to your Settings. Now, you can change your display to warmer colors which may be easier on your eyes.
- To begin using: With your headset on, open your Universal menu, select Settings, then select Device. Turn on Night Display and adjust the Display Warmth to a comfortable setting.