Quest’s v43 software update has already rolled out to the public test channel, but now it looks like the Meta is getting ready to unlock a number of long-awaited video recording options, such as the ability to record in 16:9 aspect ratio. In addition, some settings specific to the company’s upcoming Project Cambria headset appear to have also surfaced.
Reddit user ‘deliciouspotato2’ spotted a few menus that Meta may not have intended to release just yet. The settings seen below were reportedly pushed out through the public testing channel for v43, an opt-in program that gives normal headset owners access to software updates before they’re pushed out to everyone else.
Ever since the original Quest launched in 2019, the platform has only allowed shooting in a 1:1 aspect ratio – the same as the image below.
Users have historically circumvented this restriction using SideQuest, an unofficial sideloading software that lets you install games and tools not sanctioned by the Meta. We have not been able to confirm whether the photo is authentic, but there is a strong case for it.
Back in early July, Meta opened up 16:9 recording to developers, including the ability to change recording resolution and frame rate, so it makes sense that the company would eventually roll out the features to users as well. Granted, the 1,920×1,080 footage is essentially just a cropped version of the original 1:1 aspect ratio, but it certainly makes life easier for content creators and anyone looking to share video on standard TV screens or displays.
With the entrance to the Quest App Lab, which allows for easier rollout of experimental and early access content, and the ability to play PC VR games through a Wi-Fi router (AirLink), Meta seems to zero in on many of SideQuest’s Highlights. .
As for Project Cambria, the same Reddit user ‘deliciouspotato2’ also spotted some settings that are undeniably linked to the company’s upcoming premium standalone. Eye-tracking and “Natural facial expressions” seem to have their own software changes.
As for the Meta VR headsets, both face and eye tracking are completely unique to Project Cambria, or what rumors say is actually set to be called Quest Pro. The high-end standalone VR headset is intended to include color pass-through cameras, which enable both virtual reality and augmented reality tasks, also known as mixed reality.
Meta hasn’t given us an official launch date or price, though the company has said it’s coming this year and is set to sell “significantly higher” than $800. Here’s a quick list of the most important articles to read if you’re hungry for more advanced information on upcoming Meta technology: