May 28th has been earmarked for release of hand-tracking officially, and it will launch to mainstream Quest users with three experiences, including Waltz of the Wizard and Elixir, as well as a puzzle game called The Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets.
The titles of the first two certainly suggest a little bit of Harry Potter-style action with you flinging spells and mixing up potions and the like.
The downside of all this if you want to get on board and haven’t got a Quest already, is that since lockdown began, they have been nigh on impossible to get hold of, having been sold out everywhere. The only way to get one seemingly being to constantly hit F5 on the Oculus website to try and catch one of their occasional limited restocks.
The Quest is certainly the most ‘out-there’ device in the Oculus stable, not needing a PC to run but in doing so, sacrificing the higher-end graphics and processing power that the Rift S has coupled up to your desktop gaming behemoth.
Facebook/Oculus have been dealing with that issue recently too with Oculus Link – a feature that lets you tether your Quest to your PC and play Rift games through it. The visual hardware still isn’t as hot as a Rift S, but the option of being able to play anywhere without a PC with the Quest or link it up is an enticing one.
Unfortunately, it was scuppered for a lot of people by something as simple as a USB cable. Many found that finding a USB cable that actually worked was the proverbial needle in a haystack with Amazon couriers fetching and carrying seemingly endless supplies of them back and forth while users tried to find a cable that was actually recognized by the system.
Anyway, that’s all been fixed too as of last week, and you can now use pretty much any USB cable to get it all to play nicely.
In one final bit of Oculus news in what has turned out to be a big month for VR, the Guardian system that, in theory, stops you hurting yourself in VR by falling not letting you faceplant into your wall with a plastic helmet on is getting a much-needed upgrade and will now automatically detect obstacles.
Punching through your expensive 4K monitor while playing Beat Saber should now hopefully be a thing of the past.