Hand tracking doesn’t do much at the moment.
The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t require any cables to be connected to your PC. The device has received a number of new features in recent months, but hand tracking may be the most significant. Yesterday, Oculus updated the Quest software so that you can enable hand tracking as an Experimental Feature.
You can interact with the Oculus Quest menu from the Library to the Store. Just point at and pinch whatever you want to select. The same applies to fast-forwarding or rewinding trailers in the Oculus Store.
Select apps like the Oculus Browser, Oculus TV, photo library, and more work with hand tracking as well. However, it’s not perfect and deleting screenshots is cumbersome because you have to select minuscule trash can icons.
On Twitter, many developers have said that they plan to support hand tracking on Quest soon. Right now, we know that Bigscreen, The Curious Tale of Stolen Pets, Titans of Space Plus, Virtual Desktop, and Waltz of the Wizard: Extended Edition are going to get the feature. However, it’s unclear when that’s going to happen.
We’ll keep you updated as soon as more apps are updated to support hand tracking. Hopefully, games will be added too soon because Oculus said that Quest owners should expect the first games in 2020.
Right now, hand tracking isn’t reliable and isn’t recommended. It needs a lot of work until it’s useful. Let’s see how Oculus improves it in the weeks and months to come.
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Options to enjoy VR
The Oculus Quest is known for its untethered nature, but now it also has the ability to play PCVR games with Oculus Link. The feature is in beta but allows you to play powerful VR games on a headset that you can then detach from your PC and use on the go.
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