Facebook announced its Oculus update v29, which will add the ability for iOS users to show off their VR gameplay in mixed reality. The update, for Quest and Quest 2 headsets, will gradually roll out to users over the next couple of weeks.
- Live Overlay. This requires a Quest, iPhone XS or newer, and the latest updated Oculus app for iOS. Users capture themselves using the phone's camera and superimpose video of themselves over the VR game they're playing. This mixed-reality feature can be used in any VR app with casting and recording options.
- iPhone notifications in VR. Users with an iPhone 7 or above can re-route their lock-screen push notifications to Quest headsets via the settings menu, "notifications," and "Phone Notifications in VR." The notifications are only visible to the user. Android support is "coming soon."
- Microphone capture. Players using the Quest’s Casting to Web or Recording features can now use the built-in headset microphone to provide commentary.
- Files App. This feature is a file organizer for browsing, managing, sharing, and uploading files. Users can also "download and upload media files to and from" websites through the built-in browser.
- Passthrough shortcut. This adds a Passthrough Home “eye” icon on the Quick Settings menu to quickly view real-life surroundings.
- Quest multi-user accounts. Owners of the original Quest can log into multiple accounts and share games and apps across them. These features were previously only available on the Quest 2.
- Personalized ads. The Oculus mobile app will begin testing ads that are more relevant to each user, who can hide or report them.