Meta is taking another big step forward in the VR fitness space. Starting in April, the company will allow you to see your Oculus Move VR fitness stats in places other than the Quest and Quest 2 headset VR app. You’ll be able to choose to see the metrics (calories burned, minutes spent working out, and your VR fitness goals) in the Oculus mobile app for iOS and Android.
There’s a bit more important news for iOS users who want all their fitness data in one pot, so to speak: Oculus Move will support integration with Apple Health, so your VR workouts can be tracked in the same app as your standard, non-VR workouts.
Meta says it is exploring integration with other fitness tracking platforms.
Syncing your VR metrics with the Oculus or Apple Health app requires registration, and Meta says it doesn’t use Move metrics to inform the ads you see on the company’s other services. If you sync your data with the Oculus mobile app, your Move data will be stored on Meta’s servers and protected with end-to-end encryption. Meta will update its additional data policy on April 11 with information about how it stores your fitness information if you choose to participate.
Virtual reality training has grown in popularity since the launch of Quest 2 in late 2020. The pandemic played a role in this trend; people wanted to engage and stay fit from the comfort of their homes. But it’s also because some of the fitness experiences are really fun, from what I’ve heard – and it’s likely a very profitable business for Meta. In October 2021, the company bought Within, the team behind Supernatural, which is arguably the most popular subscription-based fitness app available for the Oculus Quest standalone virtual reality headset.
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In the event that Apple eventually releases its long-talked-about AR / VR headset with similar Apple Health integration, iOS users will at least have more than one option for a headset that can contribute to their fitness goals.
In addition, those of you with iPhones, iPads or Apple Watches will be able to automatically sync your Oculus Move data with Apple Health. This means that Apple’s Health app will soon become an even more effective way to track your workout routine. The company also said it plans to integrate the Move app with other fitness tracking services in the future, but didn’t reveal more details about that.