Facebook Begins Rolling Out Messenger on Oculus Quest VR Headsets

Facebook has started rolling out Messenger on Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets. With the v25...

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Facebook has started rolling out Messenger on Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets. With the v25 software update, users will be able to bring Facebook Messenger to Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2. This will allow them to chat with Facebook friends who own any device with Messenger. Facebook said that without taking off the headset you’ll be able to write messages by typing with a virtual keyboard, select from pre-written texts, or use Quest’s voice-to-text function. However, Messenger will only be available to those who have already connected their Facebook accounts to their Quest or Quest 2 headset.

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“We also want to bring people together and make it easier than ever to join your friends and family in VR. That means making it easier to find your friends and family in VR. This week we’ll begin rolling out Messenger in VR, helping you communicate with the special people in your life—whether you’re looking to compete in Beat Saber, meet up and watch a performance in Venues, or just chat about what’s for dinner without removing your headset,” Oculus said in its blog.

Users can also send private Oculus Party invites to make jumping into multiplayer games more simple. Facebook says the v25 update is rolling out starting this week, however may take a few weeks to arrive to all users, reports RoadToVR.

Users can choose to sign out of Messenger at any time via the settings, in case they want to lend the headset to others. The signing back in the process is easy and can be done by selecting the Messenger profile and re-entering the password.

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Alongside, the Messenger update, Facebook also shared that with the new update, they will be rolling out what they call App Lab, essentially a TestFlight-like feature to allow Quest users to download content outside of the curated Oculus Store.

Sam Draper
February 9, 2021

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