Looks like we are one step closer to the Metaverse vision that Mark Zuckerberg has been so excited about, so it’s never been a better time than now to get into Virtual Reality and in particular the Oculus Quest 2. The lightweight self-contained VR unit is the most consumer-friendly product on the market at the moment and is bringing VR into everyday homes at very affordable prices.
The recent updates to the headset have taken it ahead, leaps and bounds as well. 34.0 release added Space Sense to Guardian allowing you to see things like other people and pets entering the area. A very handy tool for someone with a roaming puppy who loves to get under your feet when you are deep in a fast-paced session of Population: One.
To activate, go to your universal menu bar, select Experimental Features from the left side menu and then Space Sense. It’s a toggle so make sure it’s set to on.
The latest update now includes some even cooler features.
Oculus Quest 2 – Cloud Backup
Cloud Backup is now available so you can finally store your progress and settings off-headset. That way if you break your device and need a new one you can easily access all your data. Likewise, if you are just upgrading or getting a second device.
Cloud Backup will be an opt-in for Developers but I can’t see too many choosing not to. It’s a nice addition to the Oculus Quest 2 and a big part of the V35 update.
Mobile Mixed Media
Another big part of the V35 update is the inclusion of Mobile Mixed Media Reality Camera. It’s the perfect way to share your VR experience by actually putting you into the game.
You’ve probably seen all the videos online of streamers (like one of our personal favourites Naysy) playing games like Beat Saber. In the footage, they don’t just show what they see on the screen, but actually overlay you, third person, into the game itself creating a really amazing visual.
Up until now doing this was a bit of a process with special equipment. But the latest update lets you do the whole thing from your phone with a simple click. This is still experimental but it’s working pretty well and I’ll be uploading some videos soon putting it to the test.
This is a game-changer as it’s going to allow anyone with a compatible mobile device to share VR content to their social channels, opening the VR world right up and letting everyone in. That is what the Metaverse is all about.
If you want to get in on the VR experience, use the link above to grab one from Amazon Australia. It looks like as a “gaming console” it’s not having the same shipping issues as PS5 and Xbox so it could be a perfect gift for Christmas.
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