Facebook/Oculus you. so many years not and you cannot even give us menus with
TTS or just being able to pull the menus closer to us or even just stop fading
out the text when we get too close to it.
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP FACEBOOK and
smell the coffee as you cannot see it.
Hi! I am also legally blind and play lots of vr games. I just got the oculus quest 2 today and coming from the psvr… Was a change. Let me just say setting up my oculus was really frustrating as I spent two hours with three different customer service reps just to find where the “English (us)” option was in the language set up menu. I have sent feedback through those reps stating that having the option to turn on accessibility right after you activate the controller and before the set up menu begins. Also The menus are frustrating as well. They keep moving away from me when I try to get closer just to see it! There NEEDS to be an option for bring the menu closer to your face and keeping it static. In the dashboard menu at the home however, I like how if you move towards it, it stands still so I can actually walk up to it as if I’m walking up closer to something in real life. Isn’t vr supposed to be a mimic on real life anyway? Also text to speech is VERY needed! If we can’t even see some menus and text, how can we even begin to know what we are doing and if it’s correct? There were MANY times where I just had to try my luck with setting up guardian as well ‘cause I could not tell what the text said and every time I tried to get closer, it acted like I had the plague and moved backwards! Also an option to increase menu sizes. I can’t even see the time on the home menu dashboard! Smh PlayStation and Xbox both have better low vision accessibility. I’m just happy I’m not hearing impaired as I didn’t see anything for them in the accessibility settings. Smh I can only hope Oculus hears us. Also for the font size, I know “Largest” may seem super big, but it’s not and oculus needs to get real feedback from real visionally impaired people. They may need to do a survey or hire someone like us on their accessibility team to test out things. I tell you, people don’t realize how IMPORTANT accessibility options are until you need them. I’m glad it’s even there but much catching up to the competition needs to be done. This fiasco tonight made me wonder if I needed to return my quest 2 due to the lack of accessibility options for low vision plus I couldn’t even set it up for like two hours just because of menu sizing! How ridiculous is that?! Oculus if you need help then you need to get help! Learn from other companies! Request accessibility feedback from real disabled people or those closest to us as they too understand our struggles! Y’all don’t want to have less than you competitor and lose customers! I also had contrast issues while setting up my wifi as the colorsbappeared to me as a light grey text on a dark grey background and the letters were also small. I couldn’t even tell what the whole typed out thing said, so you can only imagine how many times i had to retype. We should have the option to modify all headset settings (besides guardian) in the app. It’s saddening really, as oculus is a company that’s been out for a while. They should know how to do accessibility correctly by now. Real disappointing. Honestly since oculus is ran by FB whose been around almost as long as I’ve lived, I feel like they should KNOW and BE better!
I'm also legally blind and a user of the Quest 2 specifically. A lot of the same issues, and some in-system zooming capabilities for windows would help as well. The largest issues have been the menu interrfaces being unreadable in general and especially so for low vision and legally blind individuals. The voice commands options ar enice, but as of yet limited, but they are definitely useful. I can 'see' in VR far better than in real life, and I sometimes use the passthrough mode for just everyday things. (Digital glasses are a thing, but far, far more expensive than a VR headset and with a far narrower range). Due to the cost of Digital glasses compared to something like a Quest2 headset, having some more accessibilty features could really change lives for the better, especially zooming within the interface and/or more voice command options and potentially text-to-speech. If there are any softwares for Quest2 that do either of these already for the AR aspect, let me know!
Thank you for sharing this well thought out post. I am also legally blind and my experience is very similar to many in this thread. I really hope that as VR becomes more main stream Meta begins taking accessibility more seriously. The opportunity is huge, the idea that a metaverse can "enable the disabled." is amazing. Especially the SeeingVR toolkit, a pair of bioptics costs thousands of dollars in the real world and they don't have the Field of View, clarity, flexibility that a drag and drop Unity tool kit introduces.
In my search for accessible games I found NeosVR, it's a great metaverse platform on it's own (I highly recommend it) but where it really shines is in it's building system you can literally create anything and I really mean anything you can dream of. Once I learned my way around the tools and with the help of a few friends I met on the platform I created an amazing magnifying lens. The lens is attached to my left wrist and only appears when a certain gesture is triggered. I also applied motion smoothing to the lens so that none of my jitters are transferred to the magnified image. The magnification level can be adjusted via another gesture on the controller. If anyone here decides to try Neos reach out to me and I can share this tool with you.
I tried the Quest 2 at my friend's yesterday and I had a blast BUT I could not read the text on the dashboard and home menu at all. We switched font size to the largest size but it's still way too small.
I made an account here just to say that I totally agree that I wish I could make the home menu bigger or walk up to it so it's in my face.
I'm going to hold off for the time being but I hope they do something about this because I REALLY want to buy one now.
I would buy one right now if I could drag or make the UI closer.