Meta Quest headsets now support spatial video playback – ahead of Vision Pro launch

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We’re less than 24 hours away from the long-awaited launch of Apple’s Vision Pro headset, which means there’s no better time for a new update to the Meta Quest headsets. Coming in the latest v62 update, Meta is bringing spatial video playback to its Quest headsets, including the Quest 2, Quest 3, and Quest Pro models, along with several improvements to how you game and live stream.

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Spatial video, a format created with Apple’s Vision Pro headset but essentially stereoscopic video, can be recorded with an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max to create content with added depth and separation between subjects. These are achieved by using both the main and telephoto lenses of the new iPhone to measure and record the distance to subjects, resulting in a much more immersive visual experience.

Arguably, the ability to view spatial video is the best feature of Apple’s $3,500 headset, so it’s no surprise that Vision Pro is announcing its headset’s compatibility with Meta, the video format, the day before it officially goes on sale.

In v62, spatial video can be uploaded to a Quest headset via the Meta Quest mobile app. Once uploaded, Meta says “the content will be converted and stored in the cloud for playback on MetaQuest hardware.” Users can access their spatial videos in the headset’s file menu, meaning they don’t have to manage content from the phone app each time. Even if you don’t have any pre-recorded spatial videos, Meta provides demo videos that you can watch in the meantime, also available in the File menu.

In addition to spatial video playback, the latest software update brings support for external gamepads — via Bluetooth or USB-C — to the Meta Quest browser. These include PlayStation (DualSense and DualShock) and Xbox controllers. Content creators will also be delighted by the official rollout of in-app live streaming available through Facebook and YouTube.

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Finally, Meta is making it easier to navigate controller-free with new single-gesture quick actions. Glancing at your hand and tapping your thumb and index finger opens or closes the Universal Menu, which shows general information like the time and battery status, as well as your most frequently used apps. A long recent pincher of the menu bar, if you’ve ever wandered into the virtual world.

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For users who prefer the traditional Quick Actions menu, myself included, which includes tools like screen recording, taking photos, and muting the microphone, you can go back to Settings > Movement Tracking > and turn off the expanded Quick Actions.

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Meta says it’s “gradually” rolling out the v62 update, so you’ll have to hang in there a little longer before reaping the benefits of all the new features mentioned above.





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