Meta mounted automated app updates on Quest.

Quest headsets had an choice to replace apps mechanically within the smartphone app, however it didn’t work reliably. Even when you left your headset charging for hours you would possibly put it on to seek out the app you wished to make use of required a prolonged replace. Ready for an app to obtain is a horrible expertise whenever you’re caught in a headset. You might take the headset off, however you then’d need to guess when the replace would possibly end or periodically put it on once more to test. This might result in shortened VR play classes and switch some folks away completely till the following play session.

Whereas not documented within the official changelog, I can verify that the model 49 system replace mounted this downside, as Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth had hinted. Quest system updates typically require your headset to reboot earlier than totally making use of and that’s what occurred for me. Over the previous month of testing after I’ve left my Quest Professional or Quest 2 charging they mechanically downloaded app updates. So now VR is prepared at any time when I’m. For Quest Professional homeowners, the replace additionally means Meta delivers on the promise of its charging pad to maintain VR prepared anytime.

There are nonetheless different sources of friction to getting right into a VR session however this one was arguably essentially the most time-consuming and irritating. With enhancements like this and Direct Contact, Meta is smoothing out the expertise of proudly owning its headsets forward of the deliberate launch of Quest 3 later this 12 months.