In a recent update, Meta, the company behind the popular Quest VR headsets, has decided to discontinue a feature that allowed users to receive notifications from their smartphones while using the device. The removal of this feature is part of the v60 update, and while the patch notes provided no detailed explanation for this decision, it has left users without a convenient way to stay connected to their smartphones while fully immersed in the virtual reality experience.
Loss of Smartphone Notifications Feature
Introduced in 2021, the smartphone notification feature was a handy tool that allowed users to view notifications from both iOS and Android devices directly within the Quest VR headset. This feature provided a seamless way for users to stay informed about activities on their smartphones without the need to lift the headset, making it a valuable addition to the immersive VR experience.
Without the notifications, users may find it challenging to stay updated on their smartphone activities while engrossed in their Quest VR adventures. Pulling up the headset to check notifications interrupts the virtual experience and might prove inconvenient for users who wish to stay connected without disruptions.
Visual Challenges with Passthrough Technology
While the Quest 3 offers a full-color passthrough feature that enables users to see their smartphone screens for lightweight tasks, the experience seems to fall short on Quest Pro. Reports indicate that reading phone screens on the Quest Pro is “virtually impossible,” and the Quest 2’s grainy black-and-white passthrough is deemed inadequate for viewing phone screens effectively.
New Features Introduced in v60 Update
Despite the removal of the smartphone notification feature, the v60 update brings some positive changes and additions to the Quest VR experience:
Rollout and Availability
The v60 update is currently rolling out, and Meta assures users that if they haven’t received it yet, it “should be in your virtual hands soon.” Users are encouraged to check the Meta Quest blog and detailed release notes for full information on the update.
As VR technology continues to evolve, these updates and adjustments showcase Meta’s commitment to refining the Quest VR experience. Users can anticipate further developments that enhance the overall functionality and enjoyment of their virtual reality adventures.