Meta Quest gets ‘Travel Mode’ in beta for use on airplanes

Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 headsets are picking up a useful new Travel Mode which makes the VR experience easier to use in moving vehicles including on an airplane.

Announced on Meta’s blog and through Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram account, Quest 2 and Quest 3 are today getting a beta version of “Travel Mode,” a new option on the headset which optimizes the experience for use on moving vehicles. The new mode, which is currently specifically optimized for airplanes, makes it easier to use the headset while traveling by ensuring the motion of the aircraft doesn’t affect your use of the headset.

Meta explains:

We specially tuned our algorithms to account for the motion of an airplane, so you’ll have a stable and consistent experience in Travel Mode—even when looking out the window. 👀 Travel Mode is optimized for use on planes to start, and we plan to add support for other modes of transportation like trains in the future.

Previously, one of the headaches in using Quest on a flight was that the movement of the plane could result in the headset thinking you’d walked away from the UI itself.

Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 owners can opt into Travel Mode by checking the “Experimental features” menu in the Settings app. Once enabled, Travel Mode is accessible through the Quick Settings for easy access.

Beyond that, Meta says it has worked with Lufthansa on a new partnership which will see the airline using Quest headsets for travelers in the Lufthansa Allegris Business Class Suite for in-flight entertainment.

Meta Quest 3 is available now for $499 while Quest 2 is available for as low as $199 at some retailers.

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