VR Headset: The latest Meta/Oculus Quest update gives us our first look at the Metaverse

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The new update of the most famous VR headset, the Meta (Oculus) Quest, brings one step closer to the Metaverse while strengthening parental controls to better control access by the youngest and limit abuse.

If, like us, you let your Oculust Quest gather dust a little over the last few months and decide to relaunch the beast to update it, you risk funny and, above all, nice surprises.

When we last used the headset, it wasn’t called Meta Quest 2 on our part, it was still Oculus Quest 2. And if we’re very attached to its original name, no choice, it’s okay to get used to it.

At the time, the Air Link feature was making its debut and was still only in beta, hand tracking was, shall we say… experimental and we were in the middle of an awareness campaign about foam, which in some cases can cause allergies and redness. Facebook, sorry Meta, decided at the time to still offer everyone a kind of silicone condom that smells strongly of chemicals, even 6 months later…

In short, Mark Zuckerberg, meanwhile, has thrown his heart and soul into his colossal Metaverse project, and the Meta Quest VR headset will obviously be the key to entering this virtual universe that’s as intriguing as it is disturbing.

With that in mind, a complete overhaul of Horizon Home, the home screen when you connect your headset, has been announced. In the beginning there were only tables with your applications, Now it’s possible to enjoy a space of your own where you can move around and invite your friends to chat while enjoying spatial sound or watch and comment on movies or documentaries together via the Oculus TV app as if you were in the same room together.

VR Headset: The latest Meta/Oculus Quest update gives us our first look at the Metaverse

And who better than dear Mark Zuckerberg to talk to us about the new V41 update and concretely show us the progress of Horizon Home? We see him accompanied by climbing champion Alex Honnold as they watch and comment on the film The Soloist VR together. Get ready, the Metaverse is just around the corner!

For the time being, the advanced features of Horizon Home seem to be reserved for the United States, as well as the application Horizon Worlds, which has been merged there with Horizon Venues since June 6 and which is hopefully expected in France for this. Horizon Worlds should be the center of the metaverse on the meta quest, I hope it’s a bit more interesting and has more features than the Horizon Venues reviews and ratings (rated 1.6 out of 5 by users) suggest.

As icing on the cake, it will soon be possible to buy outfits for your avatars… we’re sure you’ve been looking forward to it!

In parallel with all the functions related to Horizon Home, Meta introduces a whole range of tools and settings to better plan and organize the famous parental controls.

So parents can easily block children’s access to certain applications, block purchases and downloads, control the time spent with the headset, see which applications they use most, have access to their friends list or even block Air Link works in such a way that no connection to the PC is established.

In any case, Meta reminds that the VR headset is not recommended for children under the age of 13 and that its use in adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18 must be carefully monitored.

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