Oculus Quest 2 review

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The Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets both for beginners and seasoned experts. In fact, we’d go as far to suggest it’s essential if you want an upscale VR system, like the HTC Vive or the unfortunately discontinued Oculus Rift S, that doesn’t call for extra connections, a big investment, or the headache of a PC-based Virtual setup.

The Oculus Quest 2 128GB (128GB White) costs $299 on Amazon.

How long, though, will it remain at the top of the virtual list? Project Cambria, the most latest VR equipment from Facebook (formerly known as Meta), was introduced at the Connect conference in October of last year. The company claimed at the time that this new device would store cutting-edge technology that would serve as the initial building blocks for its expansive “metaverse.” Although Meta’s Quest 2 Virtual Reality headset won’t be available until this year, it now holds the lead.

Since it provides rapid access to everything else that maintains virtual reality distinct and beneficial to your health, the standalone Quest 2 is a terrific place to start. Additionally, it offers low-cost, high-quality virtual tours that can be easily put up in your living room.

You may access 360-degree video material, use all-genre applications, and explore virtual gaming worlds practically literally with The Quest 2. Upon easing them into it, of course. Even the family members who are the least tech-savvy can appreciate this amazingly immersive gizmo.

An Oculus Quest 2 Virtual reality headset is the follow-up to the first Quest headset. It’s a battery-powered, independent headgear, much like the original Oculus Quest, so you can freely move about your real and virtual play places without worrying about tripping over a wire.

But if you already own the first Quest and are considering the Quest 2, there are several big changes that would makes an upgrade well worth it. Thanks to upgraded RAM and processor specifications, the new model provides a generally more responsive experience. Additionally, it boasts a display with a greater resolution that is 50% crisper than its predecessor. These anticipated to help the Oculus Quest 2 experiences even more fluid and immersive when taken together.

The Quest 2 also has a headset that is significantly lighter than its predecessor, doubling the battery life inside the controllers, and the possibility for game creators to let their games operate at 90Hz or even 120Hz (this really is crucial for better comfort and more realism when playing).

Although it occasionally does seem like a step in the right direction, hand tracking—which was added to the first Quest through a firmware update but is built into to the Quest 2 first from start is also really amazing.

With hundreds of individually Oculus Quest games and some free versions too, there is truly something for everyone to play with headphone, even though quality and comfort levels can change depending on how you’re playing and watching. These games range from puzzle games to shooters, fitness games to meditation apps.

A social experience is also provided by the Oculus Quest 2. Although some people might cringe at the need for a Facebook account (more on this below), the Oculus Quest 2 is fantastic for multiplayer games. With the possibility to Google Cast anything you’re watching in your headset to a neighboring TV, you can accomplish that in the same physical space whether you like to do it through online avatars or in-person.

But even though Quest 2 is most user-friendly and functionality VR headset we’ve tried so far, it still has several drawbacks that affect vr technology as a whole. Depending on your temperament, there’s still a chance you’ll feel some motion sickness, which is inevitable on most headsets – even ones that claim to have fixed these issues – and can need you easing into VR more carefully to prevent the telltale indications.

Additionally, having a proper, snug fit to guarantee the screen shows as crisp as possible might feel confining and uncomfortably tight. These fundamental problems still exist, and we would have like to see a bigger selection with brand-new software to match a new hardware generation.

Having that said, we anticipate further improvements towards the Quest 2 which may not completely resolve all minor issues but potentially enhance the VR experience. For instance, the inclusion of 120Hz gameplay for select titles improved gameplay while also lowering the possibility of motion sickness brought on by VR.

Oculus Quest 2 is indeed not flawless. But if you’ve been waiting for a reason to go from reality to virtual reality, this is as near to perfection as VR has gotten so far, and it’s worthy of your time, money, plus effort. This VR headset is the one you want up till we get a Quest 3.

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Price and availability for Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Quest 2 is available in two sizes: a 128GB version costs £299/$299/AU$479, while a 256GB model costs £399/$399/AU$639. The Oculus website is now accepting preorders; on October 13, 2020, broad retail availability will start.

Over the price at which the first entrance Oculus Quest model first went on sale, it represents a sizable discount. It’s not inexpensive, but given that it’s a standalone experience that doesn’t require a PC, console, or even a second screen to use, it offers excellent value.

Oculus Quest 2: Design

  • a portable VR headset
  • enhanced screen and processor resolution
  • Thumb rest spaces and double battery life are features of controllers.


Like a scuba mask, the Oculus Quest 2 typically donned on the head. An set of goggle-like lenses are housed in a padded hollow that replaces the window of a dive mask and sits in front of a screen to provide stereoscopic 3D images. You can turn your head and see the movements mirrored on real-time just on digital display in front of you like you’re gazing out and moving about in the actual world thanks to motion sensors as well as accelerometers paired with the headset.

With its outer shell holding external cameras that assist track your positioning and that of the provided controllers, it has a similar lightweight design to the initial Oculus Quest.

An alternative to the more rigid rubberized original, the headset is now secured with a velcro-fastened, somewhat elasticized fabric strap.

Significant internal upgrades exist between the Quest 2 headset as well as the original Quest headset. The Quest 2 features 6GB of RAM opposed to 4GB in the first Quest, and it is powered by the significantly quicker Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 CPU. This permits higher resolutions and refresh rates, as well as better realism in the experiences displayed on the Quest 2.

The Quest 2 chooses a single LCD panel that has been divided to display an 1832 × 1920 pixel resolution each eye instead of the initial Oculus Quest’s two 1440 x 1600 resolution Led screens (one for each eye). Although we often favour the depth of an OLED display, you scarcely noticed its absence here. That is around 50% crisper than the original. Comparison to the initial Quest’s 72Hz refresh rate, LCD offers developers an increased refresh rate of 90Hz, with an experimental function pushing it up to 120Hz. It will be a much smoother experience where supported.

However, take note that Interpupillary distance (IPD, or distance between your eyes) slider on the Quest 2 has changed. Previously, a slider just on base of the classic Quest allowed for

precise changes. The goggles themselves must now be physically moved over three predetermined lengths, 58mm, 63micrometres, and 68mm. It’s unfortunate that more sensitive control has been lost, even if most people won’t notice a difference (the three options cover the most typical IPD ranges).

Depending on the program you’re using, the Quest 2 accomplishes all this while maintaining the very same 2-3 hours of battery life as first Quest. Even while it may not seem like much, extended gaming sessions are not likely to be pleasant.

Oculus achieved this by making substantial advancements to its tracking algorithms, which also apply to the controllers, which now have a battery life that is twice as long as their predecessors’ (weeks of nonstop play).

The motion controllers itself have had a few minor upgrades. They are now offered in white and provide more space for your thumb to rest while playing, making them simpler to grasp for longer sessions. Each features a handle that resembles a baton and is equipped with triggers for your forefingers, grips, face buttons, and motion sticks for your thumbs. The controls are held in place by a strap, and the nearly invisible LEDs that let the headset detect your hands and arms’ motions are housed in a plastic ring that surrounds your thumbs.

The headset’s strap supports have speakers that provide left- and right-directional stereo sound. They keep your ears free so you may maintain some knowledge of your immediate surroundings while being sufficiently loud and clear to convey the drama & direct audio commentary of your games. The built-in speakers will allow your companion to hear everything you’re doing if you’re playing in a shared space, but there is also a 3.5mm connector if you want to use your personal earphones for a private discussion.

Additionally, a microphone is included, which is once again clear enough even for voice communication in multiplayer and some voice search in the different UI parts of applications that enable it. The accuracy of speech recognition is also startling.


Utilizing Oculus Quest 2

  • Simple setup and safety measures
  • awe-inspiring hand tracking capabilities
  • Screen sharing using Chromecast


Setting up a VR headset can be difficult since there are sometimes several cords and external sensors that need to be connected. However, jumping into the action here takes just 5–10 minutes because all the computation and motion tracking is performed just on self-contained Oculus Quest Ii headgear.

After the headset has been charged for the first time, you’ll switch it on and watch a few safety films as well as a brief introductory movie that explains how to use the controllers’ point-and-trigger mechanism to browse menus. The next step is to set up a “Guardian,” which is first of many “wow” experiences the Oculus Quest gives.

You’ll be given a real-time, grayscale image of your surroundings on the screen using the headset’s external cameras. To display the headset the secure play area you may freely move around in without, instance, banging into your TV or sofa, you’ll next use the controls like such a paint can to paint around the perimeter of your room.

Although stationary or sitting settings are also accessible, the most immersive experiences turn out to be those that take place in rooms. Oculus recommends a minimum size of 6.5 foot x 6.5 feet for space games, although if you’re cautious, you can likely get off with a little less. The Guardian wall, a grid-like digital wall that becomes apparent if you’re trying to transgress its bounds, is then made clear once the boundaries have been determined. Here, you’ll be aware of the perimeter of your safe play area, and if you poke your head past the virtual barrier, you’ll once more be able to view your actual surroundings. It is a creative safety measure.

You’ll next be shown how to (alternatively) use your hands instead of the controls to navigate menus after the Guardian is set up. Options may be chosen by making little motions with your thumb and forefinger, and opening menus by touching your fingers together while staring at your palm. Although there aren’t many games that use it yet, we’re confident that as time goes on.

You may control the space on your headset, browse apps, games, and video content, and connect with Facebook friends here. The Oculus Quest experience now requires a Facebook account, so if you don’t want to be a part of Mark Zuckerberg’s data-harvesting empire, you’ll have to pass on the headgear totally. Without one, it simply cannot be utilized.

There are plans to introduce a another login method, however we are yet unsure of exactly whenever this option will be made accessible.

Aside from that moral conundrum, the gadget is slick and simple to use. Additionally, it immediately demonstrates how far VR has advanced, especially mobile VR. Motion is relaxing and the text is clear and readable. Even though the goggles reduce your range of vision, it doesn’t take long to become acclimated to being within the virtual world. It’s amazing to a novice.

Furthermore, despite the common criticism that virtual reality is a solitary experience, Oculus has worked hard to make it possible to play Quest 2 inside a group. In the Quest 2’s menu, you may utilize the Google Chromecast display streaming feature, just like the initial Quest, to let someone who isn’t wearing the headset see what you’re doing on a different monitor, such as a smartphone or TV. Some games even promote it, allowing one player to control a part in the actual world while another controls the VR environment seen through the headset.


Oculus Quest 2: Applications and software

  • compatibility with the classic Quest games
  • sitting, standing, and room-scale immersive experiences
  • Still has the potential to make you queasy

The majority of new apps will be retroactively compatible with previous Quest, and all Oculus Quest applications operate on Oculus Quest 2.

As a result, Oculus Quest 2 had access to a sizable library of dozens of games and applications at launch, and that collection of games has only become bigger. Check out our listings of the greatest VR fitness games, top VR scary games, and greatest Oculus Quest 2 games for more suggestions.

Some of the finest virtual reality games ever created are available for Oculus Quest 2. The variety of creative concepts on exhibit is amazing, and now that annual events like with the Meta Quest Gaming Expo have established themselves, the system is seeing a steady stream of major releases.

While some people can sit through hours of VR entertainment without complaining, many get seasick-like sensations as a result of the mismatch among what your senses perceive and what your eyes see. Although a tolerance for VR motion sickness could be developed with time, be ready to set reasonable time limits for your play sessions or keep a bucket nearby.

You ought to be able to discover something which works for you as many games, luckily, provide a variety of comfort options that help ease someone in, such as quick turning or features that make movements on the spot less nauseating.

A platform for “empathy,” virtual reality allows you to explore not just other planets but also other lives and civilizations. There are fantastic applications like National Geographic as well as other organizations that allow you to virtually travel the world while simultaneously highlighting the very real risks posed by climate change. Since meditation centers and fitness centers are also available as apps, chances are excellent that if you can attend it in person, there is a VR equivalent in the works or currently available.

You can download Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube, which all provide virtual living rooms for you to view movies on. The finest of the three is YouTube VR; in addition to allowing you to sit within 360-degree films and access the amount of information posted to YouTube, it also seems crisper overall and allows you to move its enormous screen close to your seat, simulating an IMAX experience.

PC tethering in Oculus Quest 2

Oculus Link’s ability to provide access to the highest PC VR experiences

competes head-to-head with specialized PC headsets

may use a PC to access other VR game shops and platforms.

The Oculus Quest 2 marks the end of a tethered, PC-only era for Oculus headsets like the Rift and Rift S. It has told TechRadar that rather than only being PC-tethered hardware in the future, its headsets would support both mobile & PC tethered gaming.

If you’re fortunate enough to own a gaming PC with respectable specifications, you may utilize the Oculus Quest 2 to access tethered virtual tours that are powered by the computer. It only includes preparation the PC-based Oculus launchers or store on your computer, connecting a high-speed USB 3.0 cable with the headset, and downloading the apps that catch your eye.

Regardless of the technique you pick, this will significantly boost the amount of games that Oculus Quest 2 users may access, assuming they have always had the PC hardware necessary to run them. Additionally, because the potential GPU power at their disposal, PC-based experiences can be far more detailed & ambitious than those on mobile devices.

The Quest may benefit from some very remarkable experiences because to the PC’s higher strength, like the god-stomping Asgard’s Wrath & mind-blowing Lone Echo 2. If at all feasible, take advantage of these high-end VR experiences, which are years ahead of the bulk of Quest 2’s mobile applications in terms of graphical fidelity. With a little fiddling, you can also use the Quest 2 to access VR content from other retailers, like Steam VR’s standout title Half Life: Alyx.

Facebook made a smart decision by allowing access to both of these gaming situations through a single headset line, so decreasing the number of gear it supports. We do, however, hope that the ambitions of developers are not dampened by the fact that mobile VR has now taken over as Oculus’ primary platform . We wouldn’t want applications to ignore the more potent made-for-PC experiences that are possible in favour of focusing just on the less capable mobile headset.

Accessories for Oculus Quest 2

Beyond the controllers, a number other Oculus-licensed accessories have been added for the Oculus Quest. A new, structural headband for just an optional comfortable fit, a headpiece with such a built-in battery should double runtime, audio peripherals from Logitech, and several inner faceplates for different sizes are among them.

By far, the Quest 2 strap + batteries is our favorite. The Oculus Quest 2 battery can be extended the best by doing this, and the battery’s weight also makes the headset seem less front-heavy and increases comfort.

Although the elite strap is indeed a good addition as well, it would be wiser to save your money and purchase the strap + battery update.

Purchase it if

You desire a wire-free, easily accessible VR experience

Even a technology beginner can set up and enjoy the greatest VR experiences and games with Oculus Quest 2, which is self-contained and astonishingly simple to operate.

Your gaming PC is VR-ready

If you have a powerful PC on hand, you can get even more value out of your purchase by connecting a cable to the Quest, which lets you connect to tethered PC Virtual activities as well.

You can play in a roomy area

Because Oculus Quest 2 adjusts its Guardian room sensor between sat to standing to free roaming experiences, anybody can enjoy it. However, Quest 2 performs best when you have a sizable (interior) area to explore that is free of any barriers that might interfere with the feeling of being in a virtual environment.

If… don’t purchase it

You do not desire to be reliant on Facebook.

Due to recent modifications to Oculus’s User Agreement, in order using the Quest 2, your Facebook account must be active. If you don’t like that situation, Facebook’s data monitoring policies come with it, so you’re out of luck.

You’re prone to nausea

Although it will differ from person to person, some virtual reality experiences might nevertheless give you a slight motion sickness. There are several strategies to reduce this impact, such as giving up racing and flying games, but they are typically not factors to take into account with other mediums and media.

You already possess the first Oculus Quest.

There are many great things in the new Quest, however if you already possess the first model, you won’t feel well behind by the release of this new one.

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