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Quest build v33 release notes

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These features and enhancements will become available starting the week of September 13th, 2021.

Guardian History

  • If your headset is experiencing tracking issues, you can now use Clear Guardian history to delete Guardian maps and tracking data in addition to boundary data from your Quest or Quest 2 headset.
    • Please note that this will also delete the Guardian tracking data for any secondary users if you have multiple accounts saved on your headset.
    • You can clear your Guardian history from the Guardian settings panel in VR.

Safe Browsing

  • We’ve implemented an additional layer of security in Oculus Browser to protect you from websites that may be potentially harmful (malware, phishing etc.).
  • If you navigate to a potentially harmful site, you’ll be redirected to a separate page with info on why the site may be unsafe and recommendations for how to proceed. This feature is powered by Google Safe Browsing.

Link and Air Link Visual Improvements

  • Next time you use Link or Air Link with your headset, you may notice improved image quality and text clarity thanks to Link Sharpening. Link Sharpening makes images crisper, fine details clearer, and text more clear and easy to read.

Improved Oculus Touch Controller Sleep Management

  • We’re updating the Oculus Touch Controller firmware to make controllers go to sleep faster, which improves the standby battery life.
    • Please note that this update applies only to the original Quest to match the controller behavior on Quest 2.

Improved Multitasking

  • We’re bringing some of the previously experimental multitasking features to everyone. These include showing up to three currently running 2D apps in the Universal Menu, a bar beneath each window for accessing common controls, and the ability to drag and drop Browser tabs and windows.

App-Level Notifications Preferences

  • Notification settings are being redesigned to allow for more granular control of your in-VR notifications. These settings include
    • Turning ALL notifications for an app on or off.
    • Turning notifications for a particular app category (e.g. friend activity) on or off
    • Turning specific types of notifications (like push, VR, email) for an app on or off.

System Keyboard Updates

  • You’ll now see auto-correct features when typing using the system keyboard.
  • We’ve also improved next-word prediction. You can quickly select the next word suggestion by hitting the spacebar.
    • Please note that this feature will be rolling out progressively over time and may not initially be available for all users.

You can always find our release notes up to date on our support page here as well.

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Level 15

Looking forward to sharper text/images with Link and Air Link.  I guess this will require v33 updates on both my Q2 and desktop app.  It’s amazing that so many Quest improvements have been released in such a short timeframe.  Thanks.

i9 9900k, rtx3090, 32 Gb ram, 1tb ssd, 4tb hdd. xi hero wifi mb, 750w psu, Q2 w/Air Link, Vive Pro

Level 4

How many updates are left to finally see Air Link out of beta?

I honestly believe that it already works very well to have to activate it every time.


@JParra75 wrote:

How many updates are left to finally see Air Link out of beta?

I honestly believe that it already works very well to have to activate it every time.



Tethered Link was in beta for about a year, so I imagine Air Link would be similar. Although considering all the features that Air Link must support, it wouldn't surprise me if Air Link remained in beta for a total of 2-3 years.

Level 4

Years ?. Well I hope that while they wait to get it out of beta, at least they make their activation / deactivation and switch between Oculus Link / Air Link a little more friendly while we wait.

Level 3

Je n'ai pas tout compris aux soucis de tracking qui sont en cause depuis la V28 le gardien on a toujours eu cette fonctionnalité pour supprimer des données et rien ne change toujours les soucis de perte de tracking aléatoire en quoi dans cette V33 ce serait différent ? Car cela gâche clairement mon expérience ce problème que je n'avais pas rencontré avant même de changer mon premier Quest 2 64Go contre un 128 en pensant que le problème serait corrigé mais pas du tout c'est le Guardian qui a un gros problème mémoriser l'espace de jeu.

Level 15

I got the v33 update on my Q2 today.  My PC desktop app is still on V32.  I tried Link and Air Link and all this worked fine.  I did not see the sharpening option with ODT because it's only available with desktop v33.


So, I opted into beta PTC v33 and then ODT gave 3x Sharpening options; Disable, Auto, Enable.  I enabled sharpening on ODT.  Then restarted the Oculus Desktop app in order to activate ODT changes.  All I can say is WOW, what a nice improvement.  Image quality was much better defined and more importantly, distant objects are much clearer.  This seemed to carry forward into all my Oculus, Steam, and VivePort games.  Also carried over to my independent X Plane 11 flight sim.  Performance stayed the same so it does not seem that this sharpening option uses any significant amounts of additional PC resources.


I tried disabling the ODT sharpening option and the differences were quite apparent.  Disabled was the same as pre-v33.  Still good, but not a good as with it enabled.


I hope others are as pleasantly surprised how much nicer PCVR looks with Link and Air Link.  Thanks Oculus/Facebook!


PS. Ryan, maybe time to unpin the v32 thread and pin this v33 thread.  Cheers. 

i9 9900k, rtx3090, 32 Gb ram, 1tb ssd, 4tb hdd. xi hero wifi mb, 750w psu, Q2 w/Air Link, Vive Pro

Level 2

There was a previously announced increase to guardian size from 10m x 10m up to 15m x 15m back in v30. This either did not happen or (as someone reported) was reverted back.


Is the increase to 15x15 still coming, or will 10x10 continue to be the guardian size for the foreseeable future?

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I got an update yesterday on my Quest 2, and was excited to try Link Sharpening. Unfortunately it was not v33, but rather v32.077. Oh well, it'll come when it comes.

i7 5820K @ 4.25GHz | RTX 3080 Ti FTW3 | Gigabyte GA-X99-UD4 | Corsair DDR4 3000 32GB | Corsair HX 750W
SSDs: Intel 660p M.2 2TB, 3x Samsung Evo 1TB | Startech PCIe 4x USB 3.0 | Startech PCIe 2x USB C 3.1 gen2

Level 4

I was hoping to see the Apple Magic Keyboard included as a tracked keyboard in the home environment. Currently its only tracked in the Horizon Beta.