The latest update for Oculus Quest 2 (v49) has been released, bringing a new home environment, compatibility with Touch Pro controllers, and a performance boost for the headset. In this blog post we take a look at the new features in v49 and how to install the update.
The latest Meta Quest update, version 49, has recently been released and brings with it a wealth of new features, which are now presented in detail here.
The most important point of the update, which has been doing the rounds on the internet, is the performance upgrade, which is brought about by higher clocking of the GPU. This used to run at 490 MHz and will work at 525 MHz after this update. That's a 7% increase - if my math isn't wrong.
The Boost was actually already delivered with Update 47, but still had to be tapped on the one button by double-tapping. Since Update 49, however, it has been permanently activated.
Important: If you had a game that might have stuttered occasionally, this could be fixed with the new clock. However, games that were already performing well can now use finer textures or something similar because there is a higher limit that they can push. However, these updates will only come from the developers bit by bit.
New Home Environment "Abstraction"
One of the visual innovations is the abstract home environment, which shows users an unseen side of familiar places. This new environment called "Abstraction" is avant-garde and will bring a fresh and exciting new VR experience to some users.
Personally, I'm more of a friend of the "realistic" environments. Currently I have the environment of Lord of the Rings. Looks nice too – if a bit menacing.
Do not disturb mode
In addition to the new Home environment, the v49 update for Meta Quest 2 also introduces a new Do Not Disturb mode that hides annoying notifications while you're in the middle of a game. This is a welcome addition for many people who want to immerse themselves in their VR experience without any distractions. If you are in the home environment, the notifications continue to come through as usual.
Parental supervision and family center
Finally, the v49 update also brings with it the Family Center website, which allows parents and guardians to set up and manage settings for Meta Quest 2's parental controls features.
On the Meta page, as a parent, you can now set which apps can be loaded, which apps can be played, how long you can play and much more.
Why can't I find the update?
Meta's approach is that they always make updates available to a small group of users first. If there are no problems here, a larger proportion of users will be provided with the update and so on, until eventually all headsets can load the update.
The process can take a few days and so it happens that some users get the update later than others.
The ulterior motive is that in the event of an error, you do not immediately supply all headsets with the malfunction, but only a small part. For some people this is annoying, but for the masses the procedure certainly makes sense, since in this way you would not "brick" all the quests in an emergency.
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