Examining the Oculus Quest 2 system software, I found a hibernate “pass-through keyboard” feature. Normally not available for general use, this feature makes the keyboard much easier to use when wearing a VR headset.
Discovered by YouTuber Basti564, this “pass-through keyboard” feature allows users to define real-world areas where they can see keyboard and hand movements. Essentially, this integrates a rectangular camera view into your virtual reality play session, allowing you to type accurately without removing your Oculus Quest 2 headset.
Due to the lack of pass-through keyboard functionality, currently only one keyboard can be displayed in VR thanks to its unique capabilities. The Logitech K830 pairs with the Quest 2 headset to create a visible 3D model of your keyboard. This is far from an ideal solution and is a particularly limited solution due to the technology it depends on.
Close your eyes and type
The pass-through keyboard feature is definitely useful, but the question remains as to why Facebook left it in the Oculus Quest 2 purgatory. This feature is actually accessible according to the instructions provided by Basti564 and works as intended. In most cases it is.
Tests run by UploadVR have reported that the pass-through keyboard feature crashes the Guardian feature in Oculus Quest 2. The Guardian is an Oculus safety feature that defines the surrounding play area and creates virtual boundaries to minimize accidents in VR.
Obviously, some compatibility issues need to be resolved before the feature is ready to be published. There is no doubt that the pass-through keyboard is a cool feature that has a tremendous effect on accessibility.
However, we hope that the pass-through keyboard feature will be fully available on the Oculus Quest headset in the near future. It’s very valuable to be able to use the keyboard effortlessly thanks to this feature, making VR much easier to use in communication-critical genres such as MMORPGs, shooters, and real-time strategy games.