As a part of the v57 software program replace for Meta Quest headsets, the corporate introduced Monday a bevy of latest options — together with extra avatar customization choices, an unsend message characteristic, group hyperlinks, free-form locomotion potential in Horizon Dwelling and a rebranded Discover feed. Meta additionally made enhancements to video recording, multitasking and extra.
Beginning at the moment, the v57 replace is steadily rolling out to Meta Quest Professional and Meta Quest 2 headsets. Meta will doubtless reveal extra options at its Join occasion later this month.
Alongside at the moment’s announcement, Meta wrote in its v57 launch notes that it’s eradicating a casting characteristic from the iOS app, which allowed customers to seize the VR expertise on their iPhone.
With the brand new replace, the avatar creator now has colour sliders so customers can higher customise their pores and skin tone, hair and eyebrow colour. It is a notable addition as customers can specify the precise shade they need, permitting them to extra precisely characterize what they appear like in actual life. Meta additionally added new make-up and face paint choices.
Meta launched a number of enhancements to its avatar creator lately, akin to new physique shapes and improved hair and clothes textures. Essentially the most thrilling replace, nonetheless, was when avatars got legs — a characteristic that’s presently in beta.
Moreover, customers can unsend picture messages whereas in VR and the Meta Quest cellular app. To unsend a message, hover over it and choose “unsend message.” The sender and recipient will obtain a notification that the message was unsent. The characteristic is on the market within the U.S., Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.
Transferring on to the minor updates, Meta is launching group hyperlinks, which suggests customers can simply invite pals to affix their group by producing a hyperlink and sharing it both in VR or pasting it into any messaging platform like Instagram or Fb.
Equally, just about assembly up with pals is less complicated as a result of customers can now invite a gaggle to an app from the Individuals tab. The invite will likely be displayed within the group chat so everybody can see it and be a part of. Additionally, as an alternative of the contacts checklist hiding within the Individuals tab, it is going to mechanically open when the headset is turned on.
Horizon Dwelling, which is the place folks go to one another in digital houses, can be getting an necessary functionality. Along with with the ability to teleport in VR apps, customers can now freely teleport inside Dwelling, permitting them to “discover each nook and cranny of their Dwelling atmosphere,” Meta wrote. Customers can allow free-form locomotion by urgent the controller thumbstick ahead and aiming at a spot within the Dwelling to teleport.
The Discover feed, the touchdown floor that means apps, will now be referred to as “Horizon Feed,” more likely to be according to the Horizon Worlds branding.
Different small updates embody a brand new default choice for customers to show off microphone audio when recording video and the power to make use of a number of apps concurrently and swap between views. Meta additionally turned off a boundary warning in some apps with blended actuality experiences, so customers aren’t interrupted.