Facebook Updates Oculus Quest Controller Tracking And Adds Venues

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Oculus Quest owners should see their headsets update within the next few days to a software version with new controller tracking algorithms.

Last month, Facebook rolled out an update on its testing channel that dramatically improves controller tracking on the PC-powered Rift S headset. This week that update left its testing phase and started releasing more broadly while the tracking improvements also come to Quest.

The software update for Facebook’s standalone VR console also brings with it changes to the Guardian system. Facebook says the new software better recognizes “multiple playspaces in different rooms” and “multiple Guardian setups in the same room.” The update to Facebook’s system for defining safe play areas for VR should also add the ability to make on-the-fly adjustments for fine tuning the space.

Oculus Quest should update on its own when turned on and connected to WiFi. It may take a few days for the update to arrive.

Oculus Venues

Social co-watching service Oculus Venues is coming to Oculus Quest with NextVR broadcasting Liverpool Football Club vs Sporting Clube de Portugal at Yankee Stadium and a rock opera performance from Tenacious D. The service was previously available on Oculus Go and Gear VR. Venues joins a series of services and apps Facebook tested over the years (alongside Spaces and Rooms) which connect people in VR to share moments together. These services, though, haven’t seen widespread adoption, support or appeal. Venues, for example, isn’t yet available on Oculus Rift.

In late September Facebook will be hosting its Oculus Connect 6 developer event where it is likely the company will announce major updates to its software and hardware roadmap for VR and AR.



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