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gaveitatry
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Lying Down mode was in version 53.0. People complained when it was removed. According to one Meta employee who has since refused to respond, Lying Down mode was going to be added back again soon after the developers worked on it some more (https://communityforums.atmeta.com/t5/VR-Experiences/What-happened-to-quot-Laying-Down-Mode-quot/m-p...). But now it is version 62.0 and I have had my Quest 3 headset for 5 months, and this feature still hasn't been added back. Please give us honest, detailed answers and ETAs or progress reports concerning this matter. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24 Comments
aspidoscelis
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I like the idea of an adjustable angle. Horizontal + vertical is better than just horizontal but, like, those aren't the only two positions humans can be in.

Future.Proof
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I got the Quest 3 as my first VR experience ever (and MR), and I'm blown away by how great it is.

That being said, in the past month my feet and legs have started to swell up and i've been diagnosed with Diabetes. I need to lie down with my legs above the level of my heart as often as I can day and night to reduce the swelling caused by lymph fluid accumulation.

Please allow me to use my new Quest 3 lying down. It would be a great blessing.

gaveitatry
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Yeah, I don't have diabetes, but I have similar problems where my feet swell up and I have a lot of pain in my feet and ankles from standing. It's from a roofing accident where I fell four stories and landed on my feet. I also have a bad back, with six metal bolts in my spine. Also, sometimes I get bored with sitting in front of my computer all day, but since I can't stand and walk much, the only other option is to lie down in bed for a while. That's why I wanted to try relaxing and playing some VR games in bed, but they took away this option. The option should never have been removed. Not only that, but a Meta Customer Support person promised that the option would be added back again soon. However it was removed on version 53.0 and now it is version 62.0 (was 60.0 when I originally created this thread), and it is still nowhere to be seen. I don't like how Meta Support lied to us and refused to give any reply or update on the ETA in the past year. I wish that Meta Support didn't just spout platitudes and instead addressed us with sincerity and honesty.

 

gaveitatry
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I feel like I barely touch my Quest 3 anymore. I bet if Lying Down mode was added back again, I would use it more often. Like now I am lying in bed, using my laptop with the TV screen. I would much rather be playing games on the Quest 3 headset than messing around on my laptop, but I don't feel like sitting at my desk right now.

It just feels weird. I felt like the Quest 2 was a shabby prototype and that the Quest 3 was the first real VR headset that anyone could get serious about. I feel like the Quest 3 is the beginning of the future. That it alone is awesome and that anything after the Quest 3 will be even more awesome. That everyone should get a Quest 3, no matter what. But the Lying Down mode existed back during the Quest 2 era and now I have had a Quest 3 for five months now and don't have the Lying Down mode. I thought that it was a guarantee that we would have it, but it's gone. I might not ever get to use it during the Quest 3 era. Maybe not even the Quest 4 era. All that excitement and hope for something that already existed, gone out the window.

I cant even recommend the Quest 3 to my friend that lives near Minneapolis because she is a paraplegic that can only move her arms, and she wouldn't be able to use it lying down. I wish that Meta Support Person wouldn't have told us that it was coming back soon, because I think she was lying. Is there something about the tracking that makes Lying Down mode impossible now? I really wish we could hear from Meta employees and developers about the true status of the Lying Down mode and if it is every going to come back and if so when.

 

gaveitatry
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https://www.theverge.com/2024/3/5/24091529/meta-quest-2-pro-update-lay-down-quest-cash-payment

There is this. Today there is an article about how Lying Down Mode is coming back in a 63.0 update, but for some reason it says currently only for Quest 2 and Quest Pro? Not sure why Quest 3 wasn't included.

I have a feeling that the user will have to lie with their head completely horizontal to the ceiling. Can't have it tilted like at 45 degrees with their head on a pillow. I hope I am wrong. I hope we can adjust the angle to whatever we want. But I guess tilting the headset 90 degrees is better than nothing. I like my idea where the user has to press four buttons at the same time (X + A + Left Trigger + Right Trigger) and then moving the controllers to adjust to whatever angle we want. But also have a way to "reset" it to the default vertical angle.

 

UPDATE:
https://www.uploadvr.com/quest-v63-lying-down/

Yeah, the Lying Down Mode will shift it exactly 90 degrees. And to use it, you have to hold and press the Oculus button "to reset" while looking straight up at the ceiling. But it's only rolling out for Quest 2 and Quest Pro, with no indicators that it is rolling out for Quest 3. Hopefully it will come to Quest 3 soon.

 

 

Murdowg
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I'm at a complete loss for words. How excited I was. Saw something about lying down mode finally coming back. Just to be kicked in the teeth and find out just after I upgraded from a quest two to a quest three and got rid of my quest too for a few bucks that it's not going to be available for my platform. Absolutely gutted I really hope they bring it to the quest three soon. 

 

Moonman72
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I'd love to watch movies lying down

gaveitatry
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https://twitter.com/lunayian/status/1767604430394773650?t=yHstAxDFZLPG2Ywt2AiOIA

I don't know why they didn't tell us this on the Meta Release Notes, but it seems that the Lying Down Mode will come to Quest 3. It was announced by Meta's CTO Andrew Bosworth in a video that I think was posted on Instagram (weird place to post Meta news). He doesn't have a date on when the Quest 3 will get Lying Down Mode. Just that it will be sometime after the 63.0 version. Not sure how many versions it will take for us to get it, but he says that they are making good progress on it and are working with good urgency. He said that the reason why Quest 3 users didn't get it right away is because the Quest 3's guardian system is different. Quest 3 users have the Smart Guardian, whereas Quest 2 doesn't. There seems to be a safety concern. He says that they are working to make sure they add Lying Down Mode but in a reliable and safe way that won't have any negative impacts on the other safety features (not sure what that means). So anyway, I really hope it comes out in version 64.0 and I hope we won't have to wait a long time for 64.0 to come out. But yeah, lots of incompetence going on. They should have just explained this in the 63.0 Release Notes. At the least they should have instructed the Meta Support to answer us on the Release Notes thread instead of just completely ignoring our questions and concerns or playing moderator instead. This should have been an official Meta Blog post instead of some Instagram video post. If it weren't for third party websites posting updates about this, I would have had no idea that Lying Down Mode was coming to Quest 3.

 

 

gaveitatry
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Release History

Oct 24 - 59.0
Dec 04 - 60.0
Feb 07 - 62.0 (what happened to 61.0?, lol)
Mar 05 - 63.0

Going by these dates of Releases after the Quest 3 became available in stores, it seems that Releases come out about once a month. Around five weeks from 59.0 to 60.0, two months from 60.0 to 62.0 (what happened to 61.0?), and one month from 62.0 to 63.0.

So if we get it in 64.0, maybe a month from now. If we get it in 65.0, two months from now. If we get it in 66.0, three months from now. Since Bosworth said "making good progress" and "working with urgency", I want to believe it will be in 64.0 or 65.0 and not 66.0. And in case it takes longer than a month for each Release to come out, let's say 1.5 months for each release. That means we might get Lying Down Mode on Quest 3 in less than three months. Three months is a long time, but not too long. If it comes out within three months, I will be really happy. Let's hope that it comes out in one month (five or six weeks the latest)!

 

Murdowg
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Yeah I just saw the same Twitter post and was just coming here to say this such good news. I’m glad it’s not a hardware limitation or something they couldn’t figure out on the three I think this is going to help out a lot of people and be a good selling point for the platform for people with disabilities,