Oculus Quest 2 update brings Messenger encryption and new security features

Oculus Quest 2 controllers lying on their side
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Your Meta Quest 2 VR headset should soon reach a new milestone, as update v40 is steadily rolling out right now.

Once your device has received the upgrade you can expect several new security and accessibility options to become available. This includes selective app restrictions that will help you keep some users from accessing content you don’t want them to.

A user setting a password for a game on their Quest 2

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When v31 of the Quest 2 software was released, Meta gave users the ability to lock their headsets behind a pattern password that they had to draw out. This feature’s now getting a tune-up in this latest update; rather than just locking the whole headset, you can now selectively lock individual apps and games.

As noted in the Meta Quest blog, this will let other headset users only play content that you deem age-appropriate without having to completely lock them out of the headset. Even with this feature on, you may still want to keep an eye on what your kid is playing in VR, and one of the best ways to do that is to cast your Quest 2 to your TV to see what they see in the headset.

Security and accessibility 

Speaking of security, v40 will mean making secure 3DS authorized payments is a bit easier. Before the update hit, you had to use the Oculus mobile app to authorize these kinds of payments from credit cards. Now that authorization will be handled inside the Quest 2 headset.

Note this will only automatically apply to Quest Store purchases, as in-game purchases will require developers to opt in and allow the native authorization.

Continuing on a similar trend, there’s new end-to-end encryption coming to Messenger as part of v40, although this is just for one-on-one chats and is still in the testing phase.  Specifically, Meta says it’s “testing optional end-to-end encryption for Messenger’s one-on-one messages and calls in VR”, so no group chat support yet. 

An encrypted Messenger chat on the Quest 2

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It’s not clear from the blog who will be included in this test, nor how you opt-in – and our Quest 2 headset has yet to be updated. For now, it looks like you’ll need to wait for encryption to properly come to the Quest 2’s Messenger, though with this update, we might not be waiting much longer.

Then for accessibility, there’s new audio support that will let you toggle between the headset’s default spatial audio and a new mono audio mode. Once switched on, mono audio will make the headset’s speakers (or connected headphones) play the same sound from both sides.

This will dampen the game’s immersive feel, but will hopefully make it easier for those who are hard of hearing to engage with the VR content. In addition, new audio channel settings will let you manually adjust the balance between your right and left side.

More keyboards enter the metaverse

Lastly, there’s the addition of new VR-compatible keyboards being added to the Quest 2’s supported devices. 

A user setting their audio preferences on the Quest 2

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If you want to go all-in on the metaverse and work inside one, you’re going to want to snag yourself either the Logitech’s K830 keyboard or Apple Magic Keyboard. Not only do these keyboards pair with the Quest 2 but a virtual representation of them appear exactly where the keyboard is in real life, allowing you to use them while immersed in VR.

Two new keyboards are being added to the mix now too, the Logitech K375s and Logitech MX Keys.

With Meta continuing to highlight the work-related uses of its metaverse tech, including recent statements from CEO Mark Zuckerberg about its upcoming Project Cambria headset, expect to see more keyboards and other devices get VR support via updates like this in the future.

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.