Latest Oculus Quest 2 update could keep your teen safe in the metaverse

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The Meta Quest 2's (formerly Oculus Quest 2) latest update is here and it adds even more parental control settings so that you can keep your VR headset’s younger users safe online.

June’s v41 update introduced several new parental features like 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 further expands these settings into better controls for social functions.

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This includes putting limits on a child's account’s ability to join parties, chat on the Quest using Messenger in VR, and even use the share feature to send posts to Facebook. On top of this, your Quest 2 will now give children a birthday message as they grow up, alerting them about previously age-restricted activities that have unlocked automatically now that they’re older.

These features will likely delight a lot of parents that want to allow their kids to experience VR but aren’t keen to let them run wild without some supervision. Particularly as multiplayer experiences like Wands Alliances and the Horizon Worlds become more widespread on the platform, these kinds of features will be vital in 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 cast your Quest 2 headset to a TV. Doing so will mean you can easily watch what your child is up to in VR, which not only lets you make sure they aren’t playing something age-inappropriate but also lets you engage better in the activity and even lend a hand if they get stuck by helping to guide them without having to put the headset on yourself.

Achieve your fitness goals

Beyond parental controls, Oculus Move is getting yet another update following the improved Apple Health integration it saw a short time ago. The v42 update now enables new Move Achievements. A new tab in the Oculus Move app in VR will track your lifetime milestones like total calories burned or the number of days you’ve completed your daily goals.

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For more granular tracking of your stats, the Move Trends feature will give you a better breakdown of your stats, letting you see your weekly stats and how they compare to your past performance.

Update v42 should have automatically rolled out to most Quest 2 users by now, so you can start achieving your VR fitness goals right away.

Hamish Hector
Senior Staff Writer, News

Hamish is a Senior Staff Writer for TechRadar and you’ll see his name appearing on articles across nearly every topic on the site from smart home deals to speaker reviews to graphics card news and everything in between. He uses his broad range of knowledge to help explain the latest gadgets and if they’re a must-buy or a fad fueled by hype. Though his specialty is writing about everything going on in the world of virtual reality and augmented reality.