‘VRChat’ launches open beta for hand tracking on Quest 2 and Quest Pro – Road to VR

VRChat brought hand tracking to its social VR platform in a recent update, allowing users to opt in to the experimental feature on Quest 2 and Quest Pro.

“It’s not just the ability to use your real hands via the Quest’s powerful finger tracking, it also means you don’t have to use your controllers at all in VR chat”, says the studio, describing its recent patch 2022.4.1. “You can move, jump, and use your menu, all with just your hands.”

Watch the introductory video below to see manual tracking in action:

For now, the manual tracking system only works on VRChat via Quest 2 or Quest Pro in standalone mode.

Notably, the studio says this does not extend to the PC VR version accessible via Quest Link/Airlink, Virtual Desktop or other PC-connected solutions at this time, which is due to “platform restrictions”. form and techniques,” VRChat says, though the studio is currently looking at ways to get that same capability on the PC version of VRCchat.

Probably the least intuitive control of the bunch is jump, which requires you to tap your thumb and ring finger together. Granted, if you’re just there to chat and not wander around in a user-created environment, the added immersion for you and your fellow chatters should be a big bonus.

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