July 3, 2022

What you need to know

  • Hand tracking has been upgraded and added to Meta’s Presence Platform, which works with Unity, Unreal, and Native.
  • Quest users will need to be on firmware v39 to get the update.
  • Upgrades include improvements in tracking continuity, gesture support, more reliable movement, better performance, hand overlapping, clapping, and several others.
  • Games like Cubism, Hand Physics Lab, Unplugged, and Liteboxer are already making use of the new upgrades.

Hand tracking on the Oculus Quest and Meta Quest 2 has always been fun but, largely, a frustrating experience. Meta tells us that’s all about to change with the launch of Hand Tracking 2.0 on Quest which is now integrated into the Meta Presence Platform. Once your Quest has updated to firmware v39, any games that support the new hand tracking features will see an improvement.

Meta previously launched the Presence Platform last October to provide developers with simpler ways of including natural interactions like hand tracking and voice commands. This new v2.0 update brings about improved performance and accuracy thanks to machine learning improvements. Players will find that they can now move their hands faster and much more naturally, won’t have as many problems if hands cross over or hide one another, and can enjoy a generally better hand tracking experience on Oculus Quest 2.