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Oculus Quest 2 Will Use An API Experimental System

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Oculus Quest 2 Will Have An API System

Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 is still rumored to be released in 2022 and what else should we expect from the virtual reality experience? With an API (Application Programming Interface) experimental system, Oculus Quest 2 will incorporate real life video from the VR headset’s sensors into its games, creating mixed reality experiences.

Hopefully, you may not have to endure a real life spider in your recently cleaned bedroom and the realistic spider is incorporated in the video game. Many of us may now constantly remove the Oculus Quest 2, just to look around our surroundings, especially if you have the volume at the maximum. 

Filters and effects, as well as rendering from the real world will be applied on various in-game surfaces. In an upcoming software development kit release, the API system will be available for Unity developers (giving support for other creative platforms). 

A virtual reality experience that can incorporate your own surroundings in the video game sounds brilliant. If you love romance, maybe you will absolutely love having a lifelike woman giving you a girlfriend experience (where you may never want to leave your Oculus Quest 2). The possibilities of scenarios are endless. 

What You Should Know About The API System:

Users of the Oculus Quest 2 will still be able to interact with their housemates and pets, while engaging in virtual content. 

According to Facebook, the following cab abilities will be available with the passthrough API:

  • Composition: You can composite Passthrough layers with other VR layers via existing blending techniques like hole punching and alpha blending.
  • Styling: You’ll be able to apply styles and tint to layers from a predefined list, including applying a color overlay to the feed, rendering edges, customizing opacity, and posterizing.
  • Custom Geometry: You can render Passthrough images to a custom mesh instead of relying on the default style mesh—for example, to project Passthrough on a planar surface.

Isaiah Joshua is an author and poet and has a love for video games. In May 2016, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema Arts and Science. As an avid gamer, some of his favorite games are "WWF No Mercy, Hitman, Manhunt, Sims 3, Mortal Kombat, and Street Fighter. Conscious in gaming culture, he is always researching gaming history, as well as the latest games to write about.