After teasing an update to Oculus Quest 2 in March and releasing it to developers in July, Meta has finally brought improved video settings to the VR headset for everyone – and that’s all we could have to hope.
The Oculus Quest 2’s video recording capabilities have been sorely lacking since its launch. Users can only record square, shaky, and fairly low-quality footage if they don’t want to buy external gear and jump through multiple hoops. Fortunately, the Quest 2 v44 (opens in a new tab) The update fixed that by bringing some highly sought after upgrades.
The one that many of you will be most excited about in this update is the ability to set video recordings to 16:9 instead of the Quest 2’s typical 1:1 aspect ratio by default. The usual square videos are great for Instagram and TikTok, but not so great for people looking to share VR content on Twitch or YouTube.
On top of that, VR videographers will be able to increase the frame rate and bitrate of the video – changes that will make the video smoother and less blurry respectively. Although Meta warns that increasing these values has drawbacks; higher frame rates could negatively affect the performance of your Quest 2 and higher bitrate videos will take up significantly more space on your device.
On top of that, this Oculus Quest 2 update will bring image stabilization. Because your head is the camera in these recordings, it’s easy for the image to get a bit shaky – especially if you’re playing an active game like Beat Saber – so Meta brings in image stabilization to make viewing your recordings more bearable.
However, just like the other features, there are some downsides. Namely, enabling stabilization will reduce the video’s field of view (which, as Meta points out, is unavoidable).
Since changing these settings can be a compromise, they will be hidden under the advanced camera settings of your Quest 2. Once your VR headset has been updated to the latest version (v44), you You’ll need to head to your device’s system settings, select the Camera option from the list on the left of the window, and toggle on Advanced Camera Settings to see your new options.
Revised Parental Guidance
Along with the video update, v44 brings a few more parental supervision tools so you can help keep your teens safe while they’re playing VR games.
The first change will allow parents and guardians to block developer mode on a teen’s account. This feature is what allows users to download apps to the Oculus Quest 2; Since these games and services are not native to the Meta Quest digital store, your device will not be able to limit them properly.
Speaking of restricted content, Meta also makes it easy to use App Unlock to keep certain games out of reach for younger users. You can now lock multiple titles behind a single unlock pattern, simplifying the setup process and reducing the risk of forgetting the pattern.
On top of that, you can lock games in batches based on their rating. By filtering the list of adult-rated games, you can quickly lock them all down before handing the headset over to a player who isn’t yet ready for these kinds of VR experiences. You can find these new options on the App Lock page in your security settings.