Some people say that 30 is the new 20. We certainly hope that’s true, because today we begin releasing our latest Oculus software update, v30.
With v30 we’re adding some long-awaited features—including microphone swapping, a more powerful multitasking experience for people who love to use every inch of their digital space, and new accessibility features to make the future of computing a better experience for everyone. And it’s an even bigger update for owners of the original Quest, who can enable Air Link starting with v30.
You’ll find details below—and as always, remember that these updates roll out gradually, so if you don’t see it right after reading, don’t fret. It’s coming soon.
First up, microphone swapping. Sure, it’s great chatting with your friends, but sometimes you need to coordinate tactics with the rest of the team, right? Starting later this month once v30 is available to everyone, we’ll begin rolling out the ability to swap voice chat between your Party and the app you’re in—so you can finally tell the person who carried your team in Onward how much you appreciate them.
You’ll find the toggle in the Universal Menu, and microphone swapping works in any and all apps. We know many of you have been itching for this feature, so we’re excited to get it in your hands soon.
Where would we be without multitasking? We love VR’s ability to help us focus on a single task, we also know there are times where you need a bit more flexibility—a Browser window for work, Oculus Move to keep an eye on your daily fitness goals, maybe an Oculus TV video playing in the background.
With v30, we’re introducing a new experimental Infinite Office feature that will let you run multiple 2D apps side-by-side in Oculus Home, including Explore, Store, Browser, Events, Oculus TV, Oculus Move, Scoreboards, and more. Once you have the v30 update, look for the Multitasking toggle in the Experimental Features section of your Settings panel, flip it to on, and then restart your headset. From there, you can drag 2D apps from your Universal Menu bar or Apps library and drop them into one of three positions so you can manage multiple tasks seamlessly.
Who knew the Infinite Office could be…even more infinite?
We believe VR is the future of computing, and we’re invested in building that future for everyone. We’re constantly exploring new ways to make VR more inclusive, and with v30 we’re introducing a brand new Accessibility tab into the Oculus Settings menu. There, you’ll find tools and features that enable you to customize your VR experience.
We’ve moved some existing features under this new Accessibility tab, such as the ability to change your headset’s default text size. But we’re adding two new features with v30 as well. The first is Color Correction, a system-level display setting that increases legibility of colors that are commonly difficult to differentiate. You can switch between three options: Deuteranomaly (green-red), Protanomaly (red-green), and Tritanomaly (blue-yellow).
The second much-requested feature enables you to experience VR from a “standing” vantage point even while physically seated. Look for the “Raise View” feature under the Experimental Features menu. Enabling it will raise your viewing height by 16 inches (0.4 meters) in supported apps until you confirm or redraw a Guardian boundary, or until you turn the Quest headset off. You can also toggle the feature off manually at any time.
We’re still actively working on and improving “Raise View,” which is why you’ll find it under the Experimental Features tab for now. Send us your feedback! We’re excited to get it out there and work with the community to iterate on it further.
We introduced Oculus Air Link in April, enabling Quest 2 users to stream PC VR games over their (strong) WiFi network instead of hooking up an Oculus Link cable. Now with v30, we’re excited to begin rolling out Air Link to owners of the original Quest as well!
If this is your first foray into Air Link, we suggest you check out our guide for best practices. But the gist of it? Access Air Link on a secured 5GHz WiFi network using an AC or AX router, connected via Ethernet to your PC, and make sure your PC meets the Oculus Link requirements.
Quest owners will need to download and install the Oculus PC app and make sure it’s running at least PC Software v30, which will begin rolling out this week as well. Next, navigate to Settings → Beta in the PC app and enable the Air Link toggle. Then, put on your Quest headset, navigate to Settings → Experimental, and enable Air Link. To disable Air Link and go back to using Link with a USB-C cable, you’ll need to disable Air Link from the Experimental panel.
We’re still improving Air Link’s performance, visual quality, and reliability, and you can submit feedback and bug reports via support.oculus.com. That said, we’re excited to get it into the hands of all Quest owners—and hey, now you can catch up on Lone Echo before Lone Echo II releases this summer.
That’s a wrap on v30! Thanks as always for joining us—and remember you may or may not see the update today, but it’s coming. Check back soon for even more Oculus news, including future software updates, game releases, and more!