Get your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 headset ready because the latest v35 software update is already available. This update brings many new features, including mixed reality and VR calls.
New v35 Update Available for Quest Headsets
A few days ago, Meta announced the last software update for the Quest headsets in 2021. Titled v35, this update introduces features which let you use your VR headset for more everyday activities like making calls.
There are also many improvements to features the Oculus Quest headsets already had. This update seems to be part of Meta's goal to make the metaverse available for basically everyone.
What's New in the Update
The new update brings a bunch of new things for you to play around with in your own virtual space. Here's everything you can expect.
New Mixed Reality Capabilities
The update brings a new feature called mixed reality. This feature is a new way to involve players in VR gameplay. Now, instead of just showing the environment, you can also show a real-life image of yourself within the game to create a more immersive experience.
But how is it going to work? You'll need to use your Quest headset and your iPhone camera to show yourself in the game. The mobile mixed reality camera will let you see yourself inside the game.
This probably sounds familiar to some of you, since the previous v29 update had a similar feature called Live Overlay. That feature, however, only lets you superimpose yourself in the gameplay footage based on the Oculus Quest perspective. Mixed reality will let you see yourself in the game from your iPhone's perspective without any extra work.
Unfortunately, mixed reality is limited at the moment. You can only use this feature if you have an iPhone XS or a later model and have at least iOS 11.0 installed or higher. You'll also need to install the Oculus mobile app.
The good news is that if you already have a modern iPhone and a Quest headset, you'll be able to use mixed reality without any extra equipment. Not even a green screen.
New Ways to Customize Your Office
One of the biggest selling points of the metaverse is having your own virtual space where you can work and hold meetings, like a real office. The new v35 update promises to bring customization features to your virtual offices in Horizon Workrooms.
As of right now, you'll only be able to choose between different office environments and add posters or even your company's logo. It might not seem like much at the moment, but there are also plans to let you create your own office spaces in the future. You'll be able to create an office environment that represents you or your company.
Cloud Backup for Your Favorite Games
VR gamers will be happy to know that the v35 update brings the ability to store your game progress online. Cloud Backup is a new system where you'll be able to keep everything in the cloud. That way, you can change to a new Oculus headset, reset your current headset, or even delete your game and you'll be able to pick the game up as if nothing happened.
Remember that game developers can choose to not implement Cloud Backup, so not every game will use it. Likewise, even if you've already installed v35, you may not have this feature available yet. Cloud Backups are slowly becoming more available for every user, so you might want to give it some time.
Call Your Friends in VR
You'll soon be able to talk to your friends and family in a novel way. Over the next few weeks, Messenger Calling in VR will be available in your Oculus Quest headset.
You'll be able to call and hang out with friends in a virtual space. The good news is that your friends won't need to have a VR headset to receive the calls. They can also make and receive calls on any platform where Messenger is available.
Multi-User Settings and App Sharing Are Now Official
The v35 update now moves the Multi-User and App Sharing features out of the experimental phase to the standard Oculus settings. Now you can create and have multiple accounts on your headsets without having to share any information between users. You'll be able to safely share your Quest headset without them messing with your settings, game progress, or friends list.
Time to Update Your Quest Headset
The v35 update is already available to download right now, although some of the features we mentioned might not be fully available. You'll have to be patient and wait for the company to roll out all these features slowly. Meanwhile, you can kill some time using some of the streaming services available on your headset.