Meta Quest provides new avatar customization choices, an unsend message characteristic and extra

As a part of the v57 software program replace for Meta Quest headsets, the corporate announced Monday a bevy of recent options — together with extra avatar customization choices, an unsend message characteristic, group hyperlinks, free-form locomotion potential in Horizon Dwelling and a rebranded Discover feed. Meta additionally made enhancements to video recording, multitasking and extra.

Beginning at the moment, the v57 replace is step by step rolling out to Meta Quest Professional and Meta Quest 2 headsets. Meta will probably reveal extra options at its Connect event later this month.

Alongside at the moment’s announcement, Meta wrote in its v57 launch notes that it’s eradicating a casting feature from the iOS app, which allowed customers to seize the VR expertise on their iPhone.

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With the brand new replace, the avatar creator now has coloration sliders so customers can higher customise their pores and skin tone, hair and eyebrow coloration. This can be a notable addition as customers can specify the precise shade they need, permitting them to extra precisely characterize what they seem like in actual life. Meta additionally added new make-up and face paint choices.

Meta launched a number of enhancements to its avatar creator just lately, similar to new physique shapes and improved hair and clothes textures. Essentially the most thrilling replace, nevertheless, was when avatars got legs — a characteristic that’s at present in beta.

Meta avatars are lastly getting legs (in beta)

Moreover, customers can unsend picture messages whereas in VR and the Meta Quest cell app. To unsend a message, hover over it and choose “unsend message.” The sender and recipient will obtain a notification that the message was unsent. The characteristic is offered within the U.S., Australia, Canada, Iceland, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.

Transferring on to the minor updates, Meta is launching group hyperlinks, which implies customers can simply invite associates to affix their group by producing a hyperlink and sharing it both in VR or pasting it into any messaging platform like Instagram or Fb.

Equally, nearly assembly up with associates is less complicated as a result of customers can now invite a gaggle to an app from the Folks tab. The invite can be displayed within the group chat so everybody can see it and be part of. Additionally, as a substitute of the contacts checklist hiding within the Folks tab, it’s going to routinely open when the headset is turned on.

Horizon Dwelling, which is the place individuals go to one another in digital properties, can also be getting an essential functionality. Along with with the ability to teleport in VR apps, customers can now freely teleport inside Dwelling, permitting them to “discover each nook and cranny of their Dwelling surroundings,” Meta wrote. Customers can allow free-form locomotion by urgent the controller thumbstick ahead and aiming at a spot within the Dwelling to teleport.

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The Discover feed, the touchdown floor that means apps, will now be referred to as “Horizon Feed,” more likely to be in keeping with the Horizon Worlds branding.

Different small updates embody a brand new default possibility for customers to show off microphone audio when recording video and the flexibility to make use of a number of apps concurrently and swap between views. Meta additionally turned off a boundary warning in some apps with blended actuality experiences, so customers aren’t interrupted.

Meta updates its avatars with new physique shapes, hair and clothes