Facebook has introduced new voice command support with ‘Hey Facebook’ on its popular Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Like Apple’s Siri voice command to wake its devices to perform a variety of tasks, now Oculus Quest 2 users can take screenshots, group with friends, cast, and a lot more with the new ‘Hey Facebook’ voice command. Starting this week, the feature will roll out gradually to Oculus Quest 2 headsets.
We hope “Hey Facebook” helps you do more with Quest, helps you get into your favorite games faster or capture events big and small while staying immersed and in-the-moment. Controllers, hands, and voice—we’re committed to helping you get the most out of your headset, and that starts with providing options.
Oculus Quest 2 is an advanced virtual reality (VR) headset by Facebook which allows users to connect the device to a gaming-compatible computer with an Oculus link cable to enjoy hundred of PC VR games and also invite friends to play along.
Facebook launches new “Hey Facebook” voice command on Oculus Quest 2
As per the announcement, the “Hey Facebook” wake word is an opt-in feature and can be easily enabled or disabled via the Experitnemal Features panel. And users can use the existing button in the Home menu or double press the Oculus controller button to use Voice Commands without the wake word.
To address users’ privacy concerns, since the new feature is rolled out by a company known for maintaining users’ profiles for targetted ads, Facebook clarifies that the Quest headset does not listen for the “Hey Facebook” wake command when its microphone is turned off, it’s asleep or powered off.
The company has also given users the freedom to add or delete voice commands. It writes:
You also have control over whether your voice commands are stored and potentially used to make the feature better. You can easily view, hear, and delete your voice commands activity at any time or even turn off voice storage in your Settings, while still taking advantage of the Voice Commands feature.
Currently, the new voice command feature is rolling out on Quest 2 devices only but the company says that it will expand its support to other Quest devices soon.