You can now say “Hey Facebook” to talk to your Oculus Quest 2 VR headset
Facebook appears to be actively developing features for its VR headsets - after announcing the integration with Messenger on Oculus headsets earlier this month, the company has now started supporting voice-activated wake commands for its headsets.
While voice commands themselves are not new to Facebook’s VR platform - the company rolled out support for voice commands last year, you had to enable them manually via the Oculus controller button or navigate to the home menu and choose Voice Commands before speaking a command.
But that’s set to change, as the company announced the arrival of “Hey Facebook”, a new wake word to start voice commands on an Oculus Quest 2 headset. The feature might also roll out to other Quest headsets later, the company said, adding that it would start rolling out slowly this week.
While most of the top Silicon Valley tech giants have their own voice assistants - with the most conspicuous exception being Facebook. The company has experimented with virtual assistants in the past, including one integrated with Messenger called M, but it never got around to releasing a final product.
Users who want to enable the voice assistant can head over to Experimental Features and then turn it on from the menu. Once you do that, you’ll be able to take screenshots in games, cast your screen, talk to friends and more.”Record your favorite moments in Myst without leaving the island, start casting Beat Saber to your friends without dropping your combo, or launch right into a new game without digging through your library,” the company says, on its Oculus blog.
Having a wake word means your headset is listening to you at all times and waiting for the wake-word, which might make some people uneasy given Facebook’s track record when it comes to user privacy. However, the company says the voice wake-up feature will be a “strictly opt-in experience” and users will still be able to use voice commands as always, even with the wake word setting disabled. Users can also view their commands and voice activity and disable the storage of voice commands while continuing to use the service, the company stated.