Meta Quest Firmware Update Enables Avatars with Legs
The latest update for Meta Quest, version 57, is currently rolling out on the Public Test Channel (PTC). One of the most notable features of this update is the introduction of legs for avatars, a feature that was announced almost a year ago at Meta Connect 2022. However, there are some limitations to this new feature.
PTC users who have received the v57 beta update have reported that their avatars now have legs. These legs are visible on other avatars and when users look in the mirror. According to Meta’s CTO Andrew Bosworth, the company used other body data and AI models to simulate the position of the user’s legs with reasonable accuracy. However, there are instances where certain body positions, such as crouching, are not supported and may result in clipping errors.
In addition to avatar legs, the PTC v57 update may also include other features. These include an option to turn off the avatar mirror in the home environment, a new portal for Horizon Worlds, an extended battery mode that reduces graphics quality to extend battery life, and an airplane travel mode. The airplane travel mode is likely designed to disable the headset’s motion sensors, which can interfere with tracking during air travel.
Other reported features include the ability to freely teleport around the Home environment instead of being restricted to predetermined points. Additionally, Direct Touch, which allows menus to be operated like a touch display, has left the experimental phase and is now a standard feature.
It is currently unclear when firmware update 57 will be released to regular users and if all of the PTC features mentioned will be included.
– Meta Quest PTC v57 update report, personal experience of PTC users.
– Twitter users NyaVR (@nya_vr_) and Luna (@luna_vr_) reports on additional features in the update.