Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 Update 49 - everything you need to know

Oculus Quest 2 Update V49

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.

New functions briefly summarized:

  • New home environment
  • Compatibility with Touch Pro controllers
  • performance increase
The v49 update is a smorgasbord of new features, but the performance boost might be the best of it (Graphic: Sir Apfelot).
The v49 update is a smorgasbord of new features, but the performance boost might be the best of it (Graphic: Sir Apfelot).

Meta Quest v49 update - that's in

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.

performance upgrade

The most important point of the update that has been doing the rounds on the Internet is the performance upgrade, which is achieved through a higher clock speed GPU is effected. This previously ran at 490 MHz and after this update it works at 525 MHz. 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.

The environment Abstration could also have been called an LSD trip, because that's more how it feels to me. But sure there are people who like it.
The environment Abstraction could also have been called LSD-Trip, because that's how it seems to me. But sure there are people who like it.

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.

The Lord of the Rings background is for cave fans, but way better than the LSD thing.
The Lord of the Rings background is for cave fans, but way better than the LSD thing.

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.

Parental Control is the part of the Quest app that can now also be found through the meta website.
Parental Control is the part of the Quest app that can now also be found through the meta website.

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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