Meta Introduces Multi-touch Gesture Support on Quest Browser, Messenger App, and More
Meta has recently announced a highly anticipated update for Meta Quest 2 and Pro: the v55 update. This update brings exciting improvements, including higher clock speeds for both Quest 2 and Pro models. According to the company’s information, users can expect the following enhancements:
- up to 26% increase in CPU speed for Quest Pro and Quest 2
- up to 19% increase in GPU speed for Quest 2
- up to 11% increase in GPU speed for Quest Pro
What does this mean for you? It means that your Quest headset will deliver a significantly enhanced experience, with improved resolution and smoother performance. This substantial update has received high praise from developers who had the opportunity to test it out. But what other exciting features can you expect in the v55 update?
According to the Meta Blog, the Messenger app is making its way to the Quest. Meta states that users will have the ability to “hang out using voice” and “express themselves with personalized avatars.” This suggests that users will be able to create their own avatars on Messenger and send them to their friends, potentially as stickers.
Browsing the web in VR and AR is set to greatly improve with Meta’s further enhancement of Direct-Touch through the introduction of Multi-Touch. This feature is already familiar to users, as it is commonly used on phones for tasks like zooming in and out. The same functionality will be applied to the Quest, allowing users to interact with elements in the browser using both of their hands.
Reels on Meta Quest
The “Explore” tab on Quest is set to receive an update, as it will now showcase Reels from Instagram and Facebook, all within the VR environment. This move by Meta demonstrates their commitment to enhancing the entertainment options available on their VR and AR devices, potentially in response to the recent announcement of Apple Vision Pro. By providing easy access to engaging entertainment within their headsets, Meta aims to keep users engaged in their ecosystem even further.