Oculus Quest 2 v40 update brings Messenger encryption and app passwords

Your Meta Quest 2 VR headset should be hitting a new milestone soon, as the v40 update is steadily rolling out right now.

Once your device has received the upgrade, you can expect several new security and accessibility options to become available. This includes selective app restrictions that will help you prevent certain users from accessing content that you don’t want them to access.

A user setting a password for a game on their Quest 2

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When v31 of the Quest 2 software was released, Meta gave users the ability to lock their headsets behind a pattern password that they had to pull. This feature is now being finalized in this latest update; rather than just locking the entire headset, you can now selectively lock individual apps and games.

As noted in the Meta Quest blog, this will allow other headset users to play only content that you deem appropriate for their age without having to completely lock them out of the headset. Even with this feature enabled, you might still want to keep tabs on what your child is playing in VR, and one of the best ways to do that is to cast your Quest 2 to your TV to see what they’re seeing. in the helmet.

Security and accessibility

Speaking of security, v40 will mean that it’s a little easier to secure payments authorized by 3DS. Prior to the update, you had to use the Oculus mobile app to authorize these types of credit card payments. Now this permission will be handled inside the Quest 2 headset.

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Note that this will automatically only apply to Quest Store purchases, as in-game purchases will require developers to register and allow native authorization.

Continuing on a similar trend, new end-to-end encryption is coming to Messenger as part of v40, although it’s only for one-to-one chats and is still in the testing phase. Specifically, Meta says it’s “testing optional end-to-end encryption for individual Messenger messages and calls in VR,” so no group chat support yet.

An encrypted Messenger chat on the Quest 2

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The blog doesn’t specify who will be included in this test, or how you sign up – and our Quest 2 headset has yet to be updated. For now, it looks like you’ll have to wait for encryption to arrive properly on Quest 2’s messenger, although with this update we might not be waiting much longer.

Then, for accessibility, there’s new audio support that will let you switch between the headset’s default spatial audio and a new mono audio mode. When enabled, mono audio will cause the headset speakers (or connected headphones) to play the same sound on both sides.

This will tone down the immersive feel of the game, but hopefully make it easier for the hearing impaired to engage with the VR content. Additionally, new audio channel settings will allow you to manually adjust the balance between your right and left side.

Finally, there’s the addition of new VR-enabled keyboards added to Quest 2-supported devices.

A user setting their audio preferences on the Quest 2

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If you want to jump into the metaverse and work within it, you’ll want to stick with either Logitech’s K830 keyboard or the Apple Magic Keyboard. Not only do these keyboards pair with the Quest 2, but a virtual representation of them appears exactly where the keyboard is in real life, allowing you to use them while immersed in virtual reality.

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Two new keyboards are also being added to the mix now, the Logitech K375s and Logitech MX Keys.

As Meta continues to highlight the work-related uses of its metaverse technology, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent statements about its upcoming Project Cambria headset, expect to see more keyboards and other devices benefit VR support via updates like this in the future.

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