Facebook continues to tightly integrate its services-now it is launching Messenger on Oculus. People who log into Quest or Quest 2 with their Facebook account will be able to chat with Facebook friends while wearing headphones.
You can type messages in virtual reality, send pre-written phrases, or use the voice-to-text function to chat with your friends. You can also choose to start Oculus Party from Messenger, so that you and your friends can jump into the same game, such as a standoff in Beat Saber.
According to the Oculus blog, chatting with Messenger friends via headset will not affect your Oculus privacy settings. You can still use the Oculus chat function to send messages to friends via the Oculus username.
Facebook announced in the fall that it would bring Messenger to Oculus, and soon after it announced that all Oculus helmets will eventually require a Facebook account to use.
The gradually rolled out software update v25 also introduces a feature called App Lab. This will provide developers with a way to distribute their apps and games outside the Oculus Store without requiring users to share them.
Facebook suggests that this will allow it to maintain a high quality in the store while providing developers with a safe and reliable way to share works that may not be improved or experimental.
Although these apps may not be in the Oculus store, if you know the exact name, you can still search for them, and they will pop up in the “App Lab” section of the results.
Developers can also share their applications using URLs. All App Lab games or apps you purchased will be added to your Quest library, and they will receive automatic updates.