The new Travel Mode will make Meta Quest an in-flight entertainment device

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  • Meta is trying to increase the value proposition of Quest headsets with this new Travel Mode feature
Meta Quest Travel Mode

Meta today announced Travel Mode on Meta Quest 2 and 3 which will turn Quest devices into in-flight entertainment devices. Right now, even though you will have your tablet or laptop during your flight travel, you won’t use them for your entertainment because of lack of space, convenience, and privacy. The new Travel Mode feature in Quest 2 and Quest 3 solves these issues by allowing you to watch content on a large virtual screen which only you can see without taking much of your leg space.

If you’re on a flight with Wi-Fi and a selection of movies and TV shows you can enjoy, your Quest might detect the airline Wi-Fi, prompt you to join the network, and automatically launch the browser. You can also enjoy the Quest content which are available offline.

The new Travel Mode feature comes with algorithms that can detect the motion of an airplane and deliver a stable experience. In the future, Travel Mode will add support for other modes of transportation like trains.

Here’s how you can enable Travel Mode:

  • Go to Settings menu to open the Experimental features section and enable it.
  • Once enabled, you can toggle Travel Mode on and off from Quick Settings.
  • Based on the airline you’re flying, your headset may automatically detect when you’re on an airplane and recommend turning on Travel Mode to make the experience as seamless as possible.

Meta is also partnering with Lufthansa to bring Quest headsets to select Lufthansa Allegris Business Class Suit customers. Meta Business Partner will create content and provide device setup, distribution, management, and technical support, in close collaboration with Meta and Lufthansa. From this summer, Lufthansa Business Class Suite Passengers on the selected flights will be able to:

  • Enjoy an immersive cinema experience with select movies and TV shows
  • Listen to prominent travel podcasters and see their stories come to life through spatial videos and select 360-degree video content
  • Discover travel destinations from a bird’s-eye view with virtual sightseeing previews before you arrive
  • Play interactive games like Connect Four and Chess
  • Relax with active meditation exercises or enjoy a passive, lean-back experience

“The Lufthansa Group has already been using extended reality in training and marketing for some time—and now, during this test case, we are first mover for this innovative entertainment offering. Through the cooperation with Meta, two innovative market leaders can open the next chapter of in-flight entertainment and offer guests completely new experiences,” said Björn Becker, Head of Future Intercontinental Experience Lufthansa Group.

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