Meta is rolling out the v41 update for its Meta Quest headsets, announcing two major new features. In the Meta Horizon Home, the home center of the headset, you are finally no longer alone. Parental control is also improved with new means of monitoring.
After v39 which added multitasking mode and a mountain landscape, and after v40 which brought individual app unlocking and secure payments, v41 comes from Meta Quest. Meta announces the release of two features related to Meta Horizon Home and Parental Controls.
In Meta Horizon Home you are no longer alone
As a reminder, Horizon is the software that brings together all of Meta Quest’s virtual reality experiences, with Horizon Home being the one hub main, the first thing you see when you put on the virtual reality headset. Unfortunately we were always alone in this place. That’s old story now, Meta sees Horizon Home as ” Your gateway to the metaverse “. So it will be possible to meet his friends directly in thehubcentral.
Gradually, users can invite friends into this environment, spend time together, create a playgroup, watch a movie on Oculus TV, or even explore virtual locations. For Meta, this is the first step towards its long-term vision, which we’ve known as such since the Facebook group was rebranded.
Parental control keeps getting stronger in Meta Quest
Meta completes its parental monitoring system with new features knowing that Meta Quest devices “are only intended for persons aged 13 and over“. On the program the ability to block certain applications (browsers, applications from the Meta Quest Store).
To go even further in blocking applications, some may not be installed by default depending on the ages of the children. For teenagers over 13 years old they have to do itmake an application access request that triggers a notification to their parents“. They can accept or deny this request, but also access the list of applications installed by their children.
This isn’t the only notification parents may receive. Meta provides for the latter to receivePurchase Notificationsthat warn you when children are shopping. The parents “will be able to block Link and Air Link, preventing their children from accessing content from their PCs with their Quest headsets“. Finally, they can see the list of children’s friends, but also see the time they have spent on the helmet via the Oculus mobile application. Meta announces plans for other parental control tools based on feedback.
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