Oculus Browser Adds Experimental Hand Tracking Support For WebXR


The newest eight.zero replace to Oculus Browser provides experimental help for the Oculus Quest’s hand monitoring characteristic. Which means you should use your palms in WebXR apps, that are VR experiences that run natively on a browser web page, with out the necessity to obtain something.

The characteristic gained’t work in all WebXR apps natively and isn’t true hand monitoring help simply but — it solely allows hand monitoring to work as an emulated controller. The replace arrives simply as Fb provides enhanced help for hand monitoring on Quest.

Whereas the experimental characteristic shouldn’t be listed within the Oculus Browser eight.zero launch notes, a member of the Oculus WebVR/XR workforce, Artem Bolgar, tweeted concerning the addition earlier at present. As famous by Artem, the help works by emulating controllers and doesn’t but help monitoring a full hand mannequin such as you would use in Oculus Dwelling but.

Within the instance app linked by Bolgar, the characteristic tracks your palms to maneuver the in-game controller fashions in 6DoF. You possibly can then level at objects utilizing the cursor and pinch to select, which can change the colour of the cubes. Though you possibly can see this displayed within the video under, it doesn’t present the pinching movement of my fingers, as there’s no in-game illustration of the motion (because the hand monitoring is just emulating controllers).

The brand new characteristic shouldn’t be enabled by default and must be enabled first. You possibly can allow it by navigating to chrome://flags in Oculus Browser and turning on the WebVR hand monitoring possibility. There are a few completely different enter strategies, however the one we used within the video and the one which labored finest is “palms and pointers.”

Whereas the characteristic is barely very experimental for now, and clearly not a correct implementation of full controller-free hand monitoring in WebXR functions, it is step one in the direction of full help. This may open up a wealth of risk, similar to utilizing your individual palms to shoot webs as Spider-Man in a WebXR app that runs totally via the Oculus Browser.

Oculus Browser Product Supervisor Jacob Rossi made clear that this “isn’t meant to be how we see palms [in Oculus Browser] working long run” and that they’re searching for suggestions, with no speedy plans to show this iteration of WebXR hand monitoring help on by default.