What is Passthrough?

Passthrough is a feature that allows you to step outside your view in VR to see a real-time view of your surroundings. Passthrough uses the sensors on your headset to approximate what you would see if you were able to look directly through the front of your headset and into the real world around you. Passthrough comes up automatically when you’re creating or adjusting your Guardian. Apps can also show Passthrough to blend your physical and virtual environment.
Keep in mind, when apps show Passthrough, only you can see it. Apps can’t access images or videos of your real surroundings.

Quest 2 and Quest
Passthrough comes up automatically when you're creating or adjusting your Guardian. To be able to quickly enter Passthrough, you'll need to enable it:
  1. 1.
    Put on your headset, then hover over the clock on the left side of the universal menu. When Quick Settings appears, select it to open the Quick Settings panel.
  2. 2.
    Select Settings from the top right of the panel.
  3. 3.
    Select Guardian from the sidebar.
  4. 4.
    Use the toggle next to Double Tap for Passthrough Shortcut to enable the feature.
Once enabled, you can switch into Passthrough by tapping either the left or right side of your headset twice. Keep in mind, you just need to tap the side of your headset, you aren't pressing any physical buttons to enter Passthrough.

Rift S
For Rift S
  • Put on your Rift S headset.
  • Press the Oculus button to pull up your Dash.
  • Select Settings.
  • Set up your home button to enable Passthrough on double click.
Once you enable Passthrough, you can switch into Passthrough mode by:
  • Pressing the Oculus button on your right Touch controller twice.
  • You can double press the Oculus button again to exit Passthrough.

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