The latest update for Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) is here and it adds even more parental control settings so you can keep the youngest users of your VR headset safe online.
June v41 update (opens in new tab) introduced several new parental features such as blocking specific apps, introducing purchase controls and notifications, as well as the ability for a parent account to see their child’s Oculus friends list. Now the latest v42 update (opens in new tab) further expands these settings into better controls for social functions.
This includes limiting a child’s account’s ability to join groups, chatting on Quest using Messenger in VR, and even using the share feature to send posts to Facebook. Additionally, your Quest 2 will now give children a birthday message as they grow up, alerting them to age-restricted activities that have been automatically unlocked now that they are older.
These features will likely delight many parents who want to let their kids experience VR but don’t want to let them run wild without some supervision. Particularly as multiplayer experiences like Wands Alliances and Horizon Worlds become more pervasive on the platform, these types of features will be vital to keeping younger users safe.
If you’re looking for other ways to keep an eye on what your kids are playing in VR, another option is to stream your Quest 2 headset to a TV. This means you can easily watch what your child is doing in VR, which not only allows you to be sure that your child is not playing something inappropriate for their age, but also allows you to better engage in the activity and even give a hand if he stuck helping guide them without having to put the headset on himself.
Reach your fitness goals
In addition to parental controls, the Oculus Move is getting yet another update after the improved Apple Health integration it saw a little while ago. Update v42 now allows new movement achievements. A new tab in the Oculus Move VR app will track your life milestones, like total calories burned or the number of days you’ve completed your daily goals.
For more granular tracking of your stats, the Move Trends feature will give you a better breakdown of your stats, allowing you to see your weekly stats and how they compare to your past performance.
The v42 update should have automatically rolled out to most Quest 2 users by now, so you can start hitting your VR fitness goals right away.