Meta is testing end-to-end encryption in Quest’s VR Messenger app, the corporate introduced in a weblog put up. With the rollout of this take a look at, the corporate is launching non-compulsory end-to-end encryption for Messenger’s one-on-one messages and calls in VR. The take a look at is rolling out as a part of the brand new v40 software program replace. It’s unclear how many individuals will get entry to the take a look at function or how customers can decide into it.
“Whether or not you’re telling mother about your wedding ceremony plans, speaking Echo VR technique with associates, or discussing confidential work initiatives, you’ll be able to add an additional layer of privateness and safety to your private chats with our industry-leading expertise,” the corporate stated within the weblog put up.
It’s not stunning that Meta is bringing end-to-end encryption to VR, particularly because it’s working to ultimately convey it to all of its providers. Though there isn’t an actual timeline on when this may occur, it was revealed final November that Meta is delaying the rollout of end-to-end encryption throughout all its providers till “someday in 2023.”
The take a look at arrives alongside a couple of different options, together with a brand new “Mono Audio” function that allows customers to listen to the identical audio from each the left and proper audio system of their headset versus the default spatial audio impact. Meta can also be permitting customers to regulate the steadiness of the left and proper audio channels. For instance, should you hear higher in your proper ear, you’ll be able to modify the steadiness towards the left to assist steadiness the sound out. You could find the Mono Audio and Audio Stability choices within the Accessibility tab within the Settings menu.
There’s additionally a brand new App Unlock function that enables customers to place particular video games and apps behind an unlock sample. For instance, as soon as an app is locked, you’ll have to enter your sample each time you need to unlock and launch it. The brand new function can be utilized to make sure that kids can solely entry age-appropriate video games. Previous to this function, you may solely lock a complete headset behind a sample. Meta says this function shall be a place to begin for folks, because it begins rolling out its parental supervision instruments within the coming months.
With v40, customers are additionally capable of make funds with a 3DS-enabled bank card in VR, together with the 3DS authorization step. Beforehand, 3DS authorization may solely occur within the Oculus cell app. The brand new software program replace additionally allows assist for the Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad, the Logitech K375s and the Logitech MX Keys.