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Meta Quest v39: 4 features coming to a metaverse near you

Now if we could just update manually without waiting for OTA software rollouts...(Image source: Unsplash)
Now if we could just update manually without waiting for OTA software rollouts...(Image source: Unsplash)
Meta announced that version 39 for the Meta Quest will be rolling out gradually over the coming weeks, enabling a new multitasking interface for all users, a brand new virtual space, and enhanced sharing capabilities for iOS users via the Oculus companion app. Take a look at what’s coming to a Meta headset near you.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
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1. Multitasking exits beta

In v39, Meta opted to lift the veil on multitasking in VR by removing the need to opt-in to the feature via the “Experimental Features” tab in the Settings app.

This not only makes productivity features more accessible for a wider range of users, but it also brings multitasking officially out of its beta stage, meaning Meta believes the experience is finally stable enough for primetime. 

Squeeze in more tabs offering more distraction while you work. (Image source: Oculus Blog)
Squeeze in more tabs offering more distraction while you work. (Image source: Oculus Blog)

2. New home environment

In the latest Meta Quest software update a refreshed “Virtual Workspace” tab in the Quest’s settings menu includes a new home environment called “Mountain Study” that joins the “Studio” home space in what Meta is calling the second addition to its “productivity-oriented” environment options.

The Virtual Workspace tab also makes adding mixed reality elements to a user’s environment, including desks and couches, a bit more intuitive. 

Oooh pretty. Is this Mark Zuckerberg's vacation home? (Image source: Oculus Blog)
Oooh pretty. Is this Mark Zuckerberg's vacation home? (Image source: Oculus Blog)

3. Share to headset on iOS

Earlier this year, Meta released Share to Headset for Android adding that support for iOS would debut “in the near future”. Ideal for pinging VR-related content from the web to one’s headset, the sharing features make their way to iPhone in v39.

Users will need to ensure that both devices are up to date and have Bluetooth enabled in order to take advantage of this feature.

"It just works" all you have to do is wait a few months if it's a Meta app. (Image source: Oculus Blog)
"It just works" all you have to do is wait a few months if it's a Meta app. (Image source: Oculus Blog)

4. Quest Browser receives a facelift

The Meta Quest Browser receives a fresh coat of paint in v39 with a revised logo and expanded functionality thanks to the multitasking features discussed earlier.

Since the Meta Quest Browser supports multiple instances, users can now select which window they would like to restore by clicking the corresponding icon in the Universal Menu. 

Nobody asked for this but I guess it's nice. (Image source: Oculus Blog)
Nobody asked for this but I guess it's nice. (Image source: Oculus Blog)

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Brahm Shank, 2022-04-14 (Update: 2022-04-14)