Quest’s v44 software program replace is rolling out now, and it’s serving up some long-overdue video seize choices together with it, like the power to report in 16:9 facet ratio, and improve body fee and bit fee for video seize. These options have been as soon as solely accessible by SideQuest, and now it appears Meta is equally intent on getting its youngest customers away from the sideloading software program solely.
Knowledge miners initially projected the adjustments to return in v43, however now the brand new v44 replace is right here with some choices we’ve been patiently ready for. Meta says Quest customers can now go into an ‘Superior Digital camera Settings’ menu and alter the default format and determination for movies, bringing extra of SideQuest’s creature comforts to official firmware.
The v44 replace is rolling out progressively and can allow you to report in panorama (16:9) as a substitute of sq. (1:1), and improve each body fee and bit fee. SideQuest customers can inform you although that recording at increased body charges on the max 1,920×1,080 decision could cause stuttering in sure video games, and naturally take up extra storage.
Moreover, Meta has included a brand new choice to let mother and father take away developer mode on Quest 2, thereby blocking SideQuest solely for teenagers solely. The favored sideloading software program can solely be put in by coming into developer mode first, which then helps you to set up SideQuest for simple entry to a third-party library of video games and experiences. Whereas mother and father have been in a position to lock particular apps on the Quest platform, that developer mode loophole has little question let some youngsters sidestep content material restrictions.
It’s clear the corporate has been on a mission to successfully reign in sideloading by progressively providing primary characteristic parity with SideQuest. App Lab, Meta’s official experimental sport distribution channel launched in early 2021, has a lot of the identical content material now which was as soon as solely accessible by SideQuest, similar to sport demos and early entry video games that haven’t made the minimize to be included within the full retailer. One factor Meta hasn’t performed although is cease its customers from sideloading all collectively.
Because it’s within the title of holding youngsters protected, there’s more likely to be little grievance from common customers who received’t be affected. That will be a distinct story if the corporate determined to completely block sideloading altogether although. Meta has traditionally seen vital pushback at any time when it’s tried to completely shut down its headsets from third-party software program.
Again in 2016 the corporate sought to block the Revive service for SteamVR which allowed non-Meta headsets like Vive to play unique Rift content material from the official retailer. That was again within the PC days although, which Meta has lengthy forgotten with the doorway of its Quest standalone headsets. Now it appears the technique is to supply options which can be on-par (or ok from an finish consumer standpoint) to maintain individuals away from straying too removed from the Meta Retailer and its App Lab experimental outlet.