The Big 4-0: New Meta Quest Software Update Adds App Unlock, Audio Accessibility Options, and More

Oculus Blog
May 16, 2022

Everyone loves a milestone, and it’s hard to beat the ones with a nice round zero at the end. That’s right, Meta Quest is turning v40! Break out the gag gifts and cake, and settle in—we’ve got a bunch of new features to show off.

Security and privacy are major themes in v40, with the ability to lock specific apps behind your unlock pattern, plus support for 3D Secure payments in-headset and optional end-to-end encrypted Messenger calling. We’re also expanding keyboard tracking with a few new models, and adding a pair of audio-centric accessibility features to the Settings menu.

Read on for details, and remember as always that we roll software updates out gradually to ensure there are no surprises. Keep an eye out!

App Unlock

Back in v31, we introduced the ability to lock your Meta Quest headset behind a pattern of your choosing. That’s great for preventing unauthorized use, but there’s not much finesse to it. You either grant access to the entire device, or nothing.

Starting with v40, you’ll have more granular control. The new App Unlock feature enables you to put specific games and apps behind an unlock pattern, so you can (for instance) make sure that when your 15-year-old daughter wants to play Down the Rabbit Holeafter school, she isn’t accessing other games on her account that aren’t age appropriate. This is an important security feature for any and all Meta Quest devices—and should hopefully prove a useful starting point for parents as we begin rolling out our parental supervision tools in the coming months.

Once an app is locked, you’ll need to input your pattern every time you want to unlock and launch it. Find out how to create and manage your Unlock Pattern here.

Secure Payments

Those of you using 3D Secure to keep your credit card payments safe, your lives are about to get (a smidge) easier. Previously, 3DS authentication could only happen in the Oculus mobile app.

Over the next few weeks we'll begin rolling out the ability to make payments with a 3DS-enabled credit card in VR, including the 3DS authentication step (though developers will need to opt-in to enable 3DS support for in-app purchases). Now you can keep your payments secure without having to pull off your headset every time you want to download the latest Beat Saber DLC. (Speaking of which, the new Electronic Mixtape pack just dropped last week…)

More Keyboards

It’s been a year(ish) since we first introduced the ability for Meta Quest 2 to track Logitech’s K830 keyboard via Bluetooth. What better way to celebrate than by adding more keyboards to the mix?

We already added the Apple Magic Keyboard in v37, but today we’re enabling support for the Apple Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad. We’re also adding a pair of new Logitech keyboards: the Logitech K375s and Logitech MX Keys.

With the list of supported devices growing, you also need an easier way to manage the keyboards you use. Look for the new “Manage Saved Keyboards” section in your Settings menu to track which keyboard models you’ve added to your headset and make adjustments.

Audio Accessibility

The Accessibility tab in your Settings menu is getting a pair of new options to make Meta Quest headsets more comfortable for people who are hard of hearing.

We’re adding a new Mono Audio option that enables you to hear the same audio from both the left and right speakers on your headset (or from the headphone jack) versus the default spatial audio effect. We’re also enabling you to adjust the balance of the left and right audio channels. For instance, if you hear better in your right ear you could adjust the balance towards the left to help “center” the audio, or set the slider all the way to the right for better clarity. Feel free to tinker with it—the whole point is that you have more control and more options to adjust your audio in VR as you see fit.

Again, you’ll find both the Mono Audio and Audio Balance options under the Accessibility tab in your headset’s Settings menu.

End-to-End Encryption for Messenger

Keeping your information secure is one of our top priorities, not just in VR but across Meta apps and technologies. When people trust that their conversations are truly private, they feel safe to express themselves and build stronger online connections.

With v40 we’re testing optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger’s one-on-one messages and calls in VR. Whether you’re telling mom about your wedding plans, talking Echo VR strategy with friends, or discussing confidential work projects, you can add an extra layer of privacy and security to your personal chats with our industry-leading technology.

That’s it for v40! Thanks for reading, and here’s to the next big milestone, right? See you soon for v41, and stay tuned to the blog for all the latest game releases, news, and more.