Meta Quest will now allow you to customize the virtual world of your home

Goals I have a new update for your Meta Quest VR headset, and includes new features like the ability to change your home environment Skybox with a custom image, receive push notifications for 2D apps, and a few other things like controller improvements. The features come in the new version 54 of Quest’s software, which is now rolling out to all headsets.

The new Custom Skybox View feature allows you to bring your own high-resolution images into your home environment as a VR background, and finally allows you to teleport somewhere that isn’t part of the default set. Unfortunately, it’s only experimental for now, so visiting friends won’t be able to see what you’re doing; However, if someone decides to make their home a dark room with a collection of porcelain clowns, their Quest friends aren’t going to want to check that out.

Custom Skybox View is designed to accept 360 degree JPG or PNG images with a resolution of 6144 x 3160. You can enable it by going to Experimental Settings > Customization tab and then scrolling to the bottom of the virtual environment page.

Detailed notification of a 2D application.
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The new 2D app notification feature allows push notifications from non-VR apps like Messenger to appear on the headset. After the update, the 2D app will ask you to enable notifications when you start it. Supported 2D apps will now also be able to appear in the Quick Actions menu, and their notifications can be detailed, such as showing a photo of the Facebook user in a friend request notification or the sender’s text in Messenger.

You can also consolidate messages from the same source for a more organized feel or just mute them all in Do Not Disturb mode. Follow requests will now also be grouped at the top of your notifications.

There are also a handful of other elements added to v54 of the Meta Quest release. The update includes some tweaks to the Meta Quest controller that should improve tracking accuracy and make gameplay beat saber less frustrating.

Some other items include consolidation of physical space settings, availability of avatar mirrors in more environments, integration of filtering/sorting apps into the app library in search, and improvements to the headset’s ability to remember limits. . And the headset’s Light theme has graduated from experimental to mainstream system settings, a move the new Custom Skybox View feature could make if it becomes popular enough.


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