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Oculus Quest Update 12 Brings Hand Tracking Features to VR, Causes Oculus Link Headaches

Oculus has begun the rollout of the Oculus 12 update which brings Hand Tracking to Oculus Quest. It was initially set to release early next year but it looks like Oculus Quest owners are getting an early Christmas present.

At the time of writing, there aren’t any games that actually make use of the Hand Tracking update, but you can use it to navigate the Oculus Home menus, browse the internet and Oculus Store, and flip the bird to nobody in particular. I must have spent 10 minutes doing the latter, all the while giggling to myself like an idiot.

However, there is a downside. Because Oculus rolls its updates out in waves, it may be that your Oculus program on your PC isn’t in-sync. This means that if you want to play PCVR game using the  Oculus Link beta with your Oculus Quest, you’ll need to be on the latest version of Oculus on your PC. If you’re not, it simply won’t work. There is a workaround, though.

If you’re having problems using Oculus Link because Oculus on your PC hasn’t updated to the latest version, you simply need to opt-in to the Public Test Channel. You can do this by following these instructions:

Open the Oculus program on your PC.

Navigate to Settings on the left side of the Oculus window.

Then click the Beta tab.

Click on the Public Test Channel box to opt-in.

Allow Oculus to download the necessary updates and drivers.

Play sweet VR games on your PC.

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