What you need to know
- Quest v40 is introducing a number of new security tools, including locking specific apps behind a passcode and encrypting Messenger chats.
- It also adds new supported keyboards and more accessible audio customization.
- The milestone update will be rolling out slowly over the next few weeks.
- This update begins Meta’s push for better parental controls on Oculus Quest headsets.
Meta revealed the suite of updates that will be coming to the Oculus Quest in v40; the next benchmark update for its popular line of cordless headsets. As with previous versions, the updates will be slowly introduced over the next few weeks, “to ensure there are no surprises.”
In the Oculus blog post detailing the news on Monday, it said it would add a number of useful security tools to its headsets, including app-specific security locks, new secure payment options in-headset, and end-to-end encryption to ensure greater privacy in one-on-one Messenger chats and calls.
App Lock allows you to add a combination lock to any individual app. It’s a great DIY parental control option to keep younger players from jumping into some of the Quest’s more graphic experiences, like The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners.
This is the first of the new Quest parental controls announced back in March designed to better monitor and restrict 13-17-year-old users’ activities and purchases. It also said it would create a Parent Dashboard to supervise kids’ play stats and restrict M-rated purchases without parental approval in May, but that isn’t part of the Oculus v40 update.