October 10, 2023 – Puzzling Places, known for its serene and wholesome virtual reality (VR) puzzling experience, has announced its most extensive update yet, just in time for the Quest 3 launch. The update promises to elevate the immersive gaming experience with a suite of new features, including online multiplayer capabilities and full hand-tracking support for all Quest platforms.
The update introduces an Online Multiplayer mode available to all Quest players, irrespective of their device version (Quest 1, 2, 3, or Pro). This addition allows players to engage in two-player puzzling sessions with friends across the globe. The Puzzling Places team has also mentioned that support for Pico and PS VR2 multiplayer will be added at a later date.
Local Mixed Reality Multiplayer
Exclusive to Quest 2, 3, and Pro players, a Local Mixed Reality (MR) Multiplayer mode has been incorporated. This feature utilizes Passthrough mode and Meta’s Shared Spatial Anchors technology, letting two players in the same room interact in a mixed reality environment. Quest 1 users are not left out, as a manual setup feature will allow them to participate in this MR experience.
Responding to user feedback, full Hand-Tracking support is another highlight of the update. The feature offers a controller-free experience, enabling players to interact with puzzles using just their hands. A quick in-game tutorial will help users get accustomed to the hand-tracking gestures and functionalities.
Quest Pro users can now enjoy an Eye Tracking Selection feature, initially available on the PS VR2 version of Puzzling Places. When paired with hand tracking, it promises an even more immersive experience, allowing players to select puzzle pieces with their eyes.
In collaboration with Gerpho3D, Puzzling Places is launching a new downloadable content (DLC), Monthly Pack #18: French Chateaus. This DLC includes six puzzles, two of which feature a staggering 800 and 1000 pieces, a first for Quest players. Note that Quest 1 platforms will have a limitation of a maximum of 400 pieces due to performance constraints.