12.5 C
New York
Friday, July 3, 2020
Home How to How to enable Oculus Quest hand tracking

How to enable Oculus Quest hand tracking

oculus-quest-hand-tracking-touch.jpg?ito

Hand tracking is finally here.

The Oculus Quest is a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset that doesn’t require any cables to be connected to your PC. The device has received a number of new features in recent months, but hand tracking may be the most significant. With firmware version 17, the Oculus Quest will automatically detect the presence of controllers and switch to hand tracking when no controllers are detected.

No longer an experiment

Once an experimental feature that needed to be separately enabled, hand tracking on the Oculus Quest now simply “just works” whenever the headset doesn’t detect any controllers in use. To begin using your Oculus Quest with only your hands (and without controllers), simply put the Oculus Quest on your head and power it on. Your hands will be automatically detected and you can navigate through the entire Oculus Home screen with just your fingers.

What’s more, whenever you’d like to switch from controllers to hand tracking at any time, all you’ll need to do is put your controllers down out of harm’s way and put your hands out in front of you. Within a second or two, the Oculus Quest will realize that you are no longer using controllers and will switch to hand tracking for any application that you’re using, so long as that application supports it.

When games or applications do not support hand tracking, the Oculus Quest will let you know via a pop-up dialog box that controllers are required. Some developers have announced plans to include hand tracking in an update or for their next titles, but the main point is that specific apps and games need to be built with hand tracking in mind, otherwise you’ll need to stick to using controllers.

Are you already using hand tracking on the Oculus Quest? What do you think of it? Let us know! If you’d like to learn more about what you can do with Oculus hand tracking, check out our guide.

Versatile VR

Oculus Quest

oculus-quest-gaming-headset-all-in-one-e

From $400 at Amazon From $400 at Walmart

Options to enjoy VR

The Oculus Quest is known for its untethered nature, but now it also has the ability to play PCVR games with Oculus Link. The feature is in beta but allows you to play powerful VR games on a headset that you can then detach from your PC and use on the go.

Anker Powerline USB-C to USB 3.0 Cable

anker-usb-c-usb-a-930e.jpg

$13 at Amazon

Oculus recommends this cable for trying out Oculus Link until the official Oculus Link Cable becomes available.

GodSpin USB-C to USB-C Cable (6.6 feet)

godspin-usb-c-usb-c-ocn.jpg

$30 at Amazon

This USB-C to USB-C cable supports 20 Gbps transfer speeds, 5A/20V power, USB 3.1, and USB 3.2.

Updated May 18, 2020: Hand tracking is now generally available. The Oculus Store will start accepting titles with hand tracking on May 28, 2020.

Latest

Grab the Philips Hue smart bulb starter kit on sale for $130 at Best Buy

The Philips Hue 3-bulb starter kit is on sale for $129.99 at Best Buy. It's $40 off Best Buy's usual

Iron Man VR review: As close to becoming a superhero as you can get

The most authentic-feeling VR experience you'll find anywhere.Superhero games can, oftentimes, feel like typical licensed cash-ins, with sub-par stories, lackluster

Here’s your first look at the OnePlus Nord

OnePlus shares a teaser video of the OnePlus Nord on Instagram.What you need to knowOnePlus Nord teaser video gives us

How to watch the MLS is Back Tournament online from anywhere

The Premier League, La Liga, and Serie A seasons have resumed and soccer in the U.S. is set to return