Meta Introduces Voice Mode To Horizon Worlds Quest 2 VR Headset
After unveiling the Quest 2 VR headset, Meta is moving further ahead by adding a new setting to the Horizon Worlds. The Voice Mode feature gives users an added experience and control in VR.
The new development will be unveiled over the coming weeks and will give Quest 2 users audio options to choose from. Users can decide to listen to people’s conversations not on their friends’ list, or they can also decide to block unwanted conversations.
Meta Add Voice Mode to Quest 2
The default design lets users hear different background sounds at the same time, but the introduction of the Voice Mode changes everything. Users can switch to garbled voices, where the user’s voice is not on the friend’s list and will come across as unfriendly.
According to the company’s statement, if a user enables Garbled Voices, non-friends will see it as an indication that a user is not listening to them. However, if a user wants to engage with strangers, they can raise a hand while putting the controller to their ear to unblock the sound.
According to Meta, Horizon Worlds will be rolled out on Quest 2 in the United Kingdom in the coming days. The rollout is targeted at young adults aged 18 and above. Meta added that it plans to roll out the Horizon Worlds to more European countries in the summer.
Despite being the leading VR manufacturer, Meta is continually challenged to scale its products to the growing competition in the industry. Many startups and established players have invested heavily in VR, AR, and MR devices.
Moreover, there are rumors that the world’s leading smartphone maker, Apple, is about to launch its own VR headset. The rumored product is said to be mixed reality (MR) and compatible with AR and VR.
However, Apple has yet to release a statement about the new development, but it is believed that work has been in the pipeline for a long time.
Meta is Poised to Transform VR
Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, revealed the latest addition to the Quest 2 VR headset. As part of the new update, Zuckerberg disclosed that Meta would integrate the Horizon Home into the Quest 2.
Once fully implemented, the new functionality will enable users to create their own unique virtual environments without needing third-party solutions. As a social VR experience platform, Horizon Worlds allows users to embark on a virtual adventure, discover new players, and make new friends.
As the race for market dominance continues to get tougher, Meta is not leaving anything to chance. VR headset makers are constantly updating their products to put them ahead of their rivals, but Meta appears to have the edge over others due to its early entrance into the market.
The Quest 2 product is a one-of-a-kind social interaction tool for users to engage with friends.
Meanwhile, the Horizon Worlds Metaverse platform is only available on Meta’s Quest VR headsets; there might be a web version of the VR app.