The newest update for the Oculus Quest 2 added a whole host of new features that the community has been asking for a long time. One of the newest features added to the headset is the ability to pair a Bluetooth mouse for easier navigation.
It is an initial experimental update. They have not gotten all of the kinks worked out yet, but they will improve over time and with more updates. You can now pair a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to navigate Oculus Home, including multi-window, freely resizable browser windows.
Like I said, it isn’t perfect and if you pair a combination keyboard and trackpad, the two finger scrolling is not amazing but for an experimental update, it is pretty great. If you want to try it out for yourself, you should go to Settings > Experimental Features > Bluetooth pairing. It is likely that Facebook has added this feature in preparation for their Infinite Office suite of productivity software.
The new update has had its share of changes, some for the better, and some for the worse. It is great that we can access Facebook Messenger on the Oculus[AB1] , if only to impress our friends in some group chats. Unfortunately, the new Oculus App Lab, a feature that allows unlisted app distribution, could spell the end of the less restrictive secondary app store SideQuest.
It is good to see Facebook making the Oculus an attractive device for new users, but the walled garden ecosystem that they are building is giving them far too much control over the future of virtual reality. They are still the only game in town when it comes to reasonably priced VR headsets that don’t require a $1000 PC to run.