Quest v41: New Social Features & Parental Supervision Tools
V41 will begin rolling out over the coming weeks, so don’t freak out if these features aren’t available to you just yet.
Meta today announced the rollout of its v41 update for Meta Quest VR headsets, offering users new social features as well as a plethora of parental supervision tools that make it easier to monitor your teens’ activity in the metaverse.
As previously reported, v41 introduces the ability to invite friends to your Horizon Home, allowing you to party up and jump directly into games like Beat Saber and Demeo, enjoy 360-degree films and concerts on-demand via Oculus TV, or just hang out and shoot the breeze in VR. Multiplayer functionality for Horizon Home will begin rolling out on Quest headsets over the coming weeks. According to Meta, you’ll eventually be able to customize your Home environment as well.
In addition to Horizon Home, v41 also introduces a plethora of parental supervision tools. First, teens must request supervision of their VR accounts. After accepting guardianship via the Oculus mobile app, parents will gain access to the following features (as provided by Meta):
- The parent will be able to block specific apps that may be inappropriate for their teen, preventing the teen from launching those apps. Apps that can be blocked include apps like web browsers and apps available on the Meta Quest Store
- The parent will be able to approve their teen’s download or purchase of an app that is blocked by default based on its IARC rating
- Teens 13+ can submit an app access request, which triggers a notification to their parent
- The parent can then approve or deny the request from the Oculus mobile app
- The parent will be able to view all of the apps that their teen owns
- The parent will be able to receive “Purchase Notifications,” alerting them when their teen makes a purchase in VR. The parent will also be able to receive notifications when their teen downloads an app, or sends or receives a gift.
- The parent will be able to view headset screen time from the Oculus mobile app, so they’ll know how much time their teen is spending in VR
- The parent will be able to view their teen’s list of Oculus friends
- The parent will be able to block Link and Air Link, which will prevent their teen from accessing content from their PC on their Quest headset
V41 will begin rolling out over the next several weeks, so don’t freak out if the above-mentioned features aren’t available to you just yet. For more information on v41 visit here.
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