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Controller-Free Hand Tracking Now Automatically Enabled on Oculus Quest

Controller-Free Hand Tracking Now Automatically Enabled on Oculus Quest

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Oculus’ latest 13.0 software update is rolling out to Quest headsets this week and features a number of new improvements to enhance its functionality, most notably tracking a user’s hands in virtual reality without the need of a Touch controller is much easier.

The controller-free hand tracking beta was first rolled out for Quest headsets as an experimental feature in December, but it required users to manually turn on and off the feature from the main menu each time they wanted to be able to see their hands in VR. Now, however, with the release of the new software version 13.0, users can keep hand-tracking enabled automatically to track their hands whenever they put down their controllers, and seamlessly transition back to controllers when they pick them up again.

Here is a video from UploadVR showing how the feature should look like:

Right now, the feature is still considered “experimental” and is somewhat limited in its functionality since there are not many games or applications on the Oculus Store that support controller-free hand tracking. Currently, users are able to only take advantage of the feature with Quest’s built-in apps as well as in the virtual Oculus Home launcher.

The new firmware 13.0 software update will continue rolling out on Oculus Quest headsets throughout the week. In order to make sure that your device always stays up-to-date, you can leave your headset on standby mode while connected to both power and a stable Wi-Fi network. For more details on the latest 13.0 software update, click here.

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