Oculus Quest 2 owners can now contact Facebook directly while using the headset to perform certain tasks with the phrase “Hello Facebook.”
The new opt-in experimental feature rolls out to the Oculus Quest 2 headset starting today, with plans to expand the feature to the original Quest over time. Facebook says: “Quest does not listen for the” Hey Facebook “watchword when the microphone is turned off, or when the headset is asleep or turned off.” You can also disable the feature when it is turned on, according to a company blog post.
The feature works with Facebook’s existing voice commands that began rolling out last year. There is a full list of them on the Oculus Support website, but some of them include launching apps, recording games, or casting your view.
“You also have control over whether voice commands are stored and potentially used to improve functionality. You can easily view, hear, and delete voice command activities at any time, or even turn off voice storage in Settings while still using the voice commands feature. It is our responsibility to protect your privacy and you can learn more about how we do it here.
We’re curious about how our readers feel about this feature. Of course, Apple uses “Hello Siri” while Google has you address the company itself with “Hello Google”, Microsoft uses “Hello Cortana”, and Amazon trusts the unusual word “Alexa” to activate the constellation of listening devices.