After teasing an Oculus Quest 2 update in March and releasing it to developers in July, Meta has finally brought improved video settings to the VR headset for everyone – and it’s everything we could hope for.
The Oculus Quest 2’s video recording features have been lacking since its release. Users can only record square, choppy, low-quality footage if they don’t want to buy external hardware and skip multiple hoops. Fortunately, the Mission 2 v44 (opens in new tab) update fixed this by bringing in some highly sought after updates.
What many of you will be most excited about in this update is the ability to set video recordings to 16:9 instead of the typical Quest 2 1:1 aspect ratio by default. The usual square videos are perfect for Instagram and TikTok, but not so great for people who want to share VR content on Twitch or YouTube.
Additionally, VR videographers will be able to increase the frame rate and bitrate of the video – changes that will make the video smoother and less cluttered, respectively. Although Meta warns that increasing these values comes with disadvantages; Higher frame rates can negatively affect the performance of your Quest 2 and higher bitrate videos will take up much more space on your device.
Also, this Oculus Quest 2 update will bring image stabilization. Since your head is the camera on these recordings, it’s easy for the image to get a little choppy – especially if you’re playing an active game like Beat Saber – so Meta is bringing in image stabilization to make watching your recordings more bearable.
However, just like the other features, there are some downsides. That is, activating stabilization will decrease the video’s field of view (which, as Meta points out, is unavoidable).
As changing these settings can be a trade-off, they will be hidden in your Quest 2’s advanced camera settings. Once your VR headset is updated to the latest version (v44), you will need to go to your device’s System Settings, select the Camera option in the list on the left of the window and switch to Advanced Camera Settings to see your new options.
Revised parental supervision
In addition to the video update, v44 brings some more parental supervision tools so you can help keep your kids safer while playing VR games.
The first change will allow parents and guardians to lock out Developer Mode on a teen’s account. This feature is what allows people to load apps on the Oculus Quest 2; as these games and services are not native to the Meta Quest digital store, your device will not be able to properly restrict them.
Speaking of restricting content, Meta is also making it easier to use App Unlock to keep certain games out of reach for younger users. You can now lock multiple titles behind a single unlock pattern – simplifying the setup process and reducing the chance that you forget what the pattern is.
Also, you can batch block games based on their rating. By filtering the list of adult-rated games, you can quickly block them before handing the headset over to a player who is not yet ready for these types of VR experiences. You can find these new options on the App Lock page in your security settings.