As a part of the v57 software program replace for Meta Quest headsets, the corporate announced Monday a bevy of recent options — together with extra avatar customization choices, an unsend message characteristic, group hyperlinks, free-form locomotion means in Horizon House and a rebranded Discover feed. Meta additionally made enhancements to video recording, multitasking and extra.
Beginning at the moment, the v57 replace is step by step rolling out to Meta Quest Professional and Meta Quest 2 headsets. Meta will doubtless reveal extra options at its Connect event later this month.
With the brand new replace, the avatar creator now has coloration sliders so customers can higher customise their pores and skin tone, hair and eyebrow coloration. This can be a notable addition as customers can specify the precise shade they need, permitting them to extra precisely signify what they appear to be in actual life. Meta additionally added new make-up and face paint choices.
Meta launched a number of enhancements to its avatar creator lately, reminiscent of new physique shapes and improved hair and clothes textures. Essentially the most thrilling replace, nonetheless, was when avatars got legs — a characteristic that’s at present in beta.
Moreover, customers can unsend picture messages whereas in VR and the Meta Quest cell 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 offered 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 implies customers can simply invite associates to hitch 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 associates is less complicated as a result of customers can now invite a bunch to an app from the Individuals tab. The invite can be displayed within the group chat so everybody can see it and be part of. Additionally, as an alternative of the contacts checklist hiding within the Individuals tab, it’s going to robotically open when the headset is turned on.
Horizon House, which is the place folks go to one another in digital properties, can also be getting an essential functionality. Along with with the ability to teleport in VR apps, customers can now freely teleport inside House, permitting them to “discover each nook and cranny of their House atmosphere,” Meta wrote. Customers can allow free-form locomotion by urgent the controller thumbstick ahead and aiming at a spot within the House to teleport.
The Discover feed, the touchdown floor that means apps, will now be known as “Horizon Feed,” more likely to be in line with the Horizon Worlds branding.
Different small updates embody a brand new default possibility for customers to show off microphone audio when recording video and the flexibility to make use of a number of apps concurrently and change between views. Meta additionally turned off a boundary warning in some apps with combined actuality experiences, so customers aren’t interrupted.