Meta launched a Quest software program replace by way of its public check channel (PTC), which lets customers opt-in to strive new options earlier than they’re pushed out to everybody. Among the many v57 PTC replace is a function that’s been notably lacking from Meta avatars: legs.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised at Join 2022 that its avatars would finally be getting legs, placing an finish to the platform’s attribute floating torsos in some unspecified time in the future within the not-too-distant future. On the time, Zuckerberg confirmed off his on-stage avatar leaping and kicking, though it was revealed later this was really created utilizing some pretty widespread exterior movement seize tech.
Briefly, Quest can’t monitor legs but, which suggests the v57 PTC replace is packing a fairly commonplace implementation of inverse kinematics (IK), ensuing within the type of physique positioning guesswork you see in apps like VR Chat. Nonetheless, good to see a full physique in Quest House for as soon as, proper?
X (previously Twitter) person Lunayian exhibits off the brand new avatar legs after putting in the v57 PTC replace.
Meta Quest v57 PTC lastly provides legs to your Meta avatar 😀 pic.twitter.com/3dzuuppp6e
— Luna (@Lunayian) August 29, 2023
YouTuber and tech analyst Brad Lynch additionally tried out the brand new legs, displaying off a number of the limitations at present. Notably, you received’t see your avatar’s legs when trying down immediately at them—they’re solely viewable by way of the mirror, and ostensibly by different customers—and the IK system nonetheless doesn’t account for crouching.
In keeping with information mined by X person NyaVR, the v57 PTC replace additionally contains the flexibility to allow and disable the avatar mirror, a brand new Horizon Worlds Portal in dwelling, an Airplane Mode, and an Prolonged Battery Mode.
The comes alongside a wider push to draw extra customers to Horizon Worlds, as Meta just lately took its first steps of ending Quest-exclusivity for the social VR app with the launch of a closed beta on Android cell gadgets. It’s additionally set to reach on commonplace PC browsers too in some unspecified time in the future.
Moreover, Meta appears to even be investing extra in first-party content material for Horizon Worlds, having launched Tremendous Rumble late final month, a hero shooter which feels extra according to the type of sticky content material that ought to draw and produce customers again extra frequently.
We’re positive to study extra about Quest software program options and Horizon Worlds stuff on the firm’s annual Join developer convention, which takes place September twenty seventh.