I have spent many hours on my Oculus Quest 2, playing many games and trying many VR apps. I wanted to share my experience and what I think about the Oculus Quest 2 and whether I recommend buying it or not.
I will spend time talking about different topics so you can easily found answers to topics that you are interested in knowing about the most.
Oculus Quest 2 Price
First of all, let’s talk about price. I entered the virtual reality world late. But I had the option to enjoy modern VR with all of its benefits.
I bought the 64GB version of the Oculus Quest 2 for $299 (not including shipment). I know that some might think twice whether it’s worth buying a next-gen console or this. It’s up to you, for me, this has so many benefits that I will explain later on.
Whether I should have bought the 256GB version. 64GB is way more than enough for installing VR apps and even recording videos. But if you are a heavy user and don’t want to delete apps (e.g. saved data can be erased), you might think about the 256GB version which costs $100 more.
Oculus Quest 2 Visual Experience
One of the more important things that really makes modern VR better than the previous generation headset is the visual experience. With VR, most of it is the visual experience.
The Oculus Quest 2 does have pixelation. By that I mean, you will see pixels but this is far from interfering with the experience. In some VR apps, it will be less evident, and even in dark shades, it’s much less visible. The resolution is 1832×1920px per eye in case you wondered.
Still, it does feel that there is something between you and the virtual world and therefore a higher resolution display would increase immersion for sure.
Regarding the field of view, it’s about 90-degrees (estimated) FOV. When viewing the VR scene, you will see black borders that surround the scene. Which is of course the headset itself. Having a large field of view is very important to increase immersion, one of the most important things in fact.
With Oculus Quest 2 is quite limited unfortunately. But again, you will be able to enjoy playing VR apps regardless, just the immersion will be less compared to a VR headset with a much larger field of view.
Overall, The visual experience with the Oculus Quest 2 is far from perfect, but it’s “good enough” to let you enjoy a high-quality Virtual Reality (VR) experience–especially if you are coming from mobile VR or previous generation headsets.
Playing Without Cables & Oculus Rift App Compatibility
Oculus Quest 2 Supports 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) head and hand tracking by integrated Oculus Insight technology (inside-out tracking).
This means that this VR headset isn’t dependent on external satellite trackers to track your location and controllers in the real world space.
It’s also independent of any external device, like a PC computer. This means the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality games and apps that you play are installed directly on the headset itself.
Having said that, you can use most of the Oculus Rift & Rift S apps like those on Steam or the Oculus Store. But for that, you’ll need a special cable–Oculus Link (or similar in quality), which will connect to your VR-ready PC with hardware and graphics card that are supported.
This cable will stream the image from the computer to the headset, but won’t install the app on your device. The cable is long enough to allow a comfortable room-scale standing experience.
For example, if you want to play Half-Life: Alyx, make sure you check that both your PC is compatible and also the title’s minimum system requirements. For example, I was playing the game on a VR-ready PC with i7 9th gen, 16GB RAM, and a Nvidia 1660 GTX Ti and even in low graphics I experienced slow frame rates.
Overall, this Oculus Link cable is worth its price (you can find a cheaper equivalent). It opens up your headset to a huge library of Oculus Rift and Rift S VR applications.
Oculus Quest 2 Game/App Selection
I probably half answered this at the end of the section above, but I will expand. As of the time of making this video, there are plenty of amazing Oculus Quest 2 apps and games.
Much more if you add the Oculus Rift & Rift S compatible apps on Steam and Oculus Store (and other 3rd party stores like SideQuest).
Still, Oculus Quest 2 lacks triple-A titles. So it will hard for you to find another high-quality title like Half-Life: Alyx for example. That being said, there are plenty of amazing indie games like Beat Saber, Racket: NX, Super Hot, Arizona Sunshine, Moss, The Climb and so many others that will give you hours upon hours of VR fun.
It’s important to mention that VR apps are still relatively expensive. By that, I mean that some relatively small games cost like 1/2 the price of a triple-A title. You won’t find big sales like you find on non-VR apps. Even if those games released several years back. There are sales every now and then, so you better keep an eye on those if you are on a tight budget.
Oculus Quest 2 Headset Comfortability
The Oculus Quest 2 has quite a few accessories that you can buy to improve comfort. When we talk about ergonomics, the comfortability is something personal. Some will find the OQ2 comfortable, other won’t.
I personally find it comfortable as it is but many recommend getting the official Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap. This is an accessory that supposes to enhance support and comfort.
I have to admit that when playing a game for more than an hour, I do feel discomfort in the cheeks. However, When I play a game that requires movement, I don’t feel anything. Probably the blood movement, when I play intensive standing games, prevents that. So it’s kind of game dependent well.
Bottom line, you can search Amazon or eBay for complimentary accessories if you found the headset to be uncomfortable.
On a side note, there are official Oculus accessories like an alternative to the VR cover Facial Interface that comes with the headset, a Fit Pack for wider or narrower faces–all supposed to improve comfort.
Wearing Glasses with Oculus Quest 2
I know this is very important for people who wear glasses. Oculus motioned to make sure that the height and width of your frames are no more than 142mm in width and no more than 50mm in height.
The Oculus Quest 2 comes with an eyeglasses spacer that you insert behind the padding to make more room for the glasses. There is no diopter adjuster.
There is an option to purchase lens adapters, which might help, like the ones from vroptician.com.
Bottom line, there are solutions, but maybe you’ll need to make another purchase for your particular situation.
Oculus Quest 2 Audio Quality
The Oculus Quest 2 features sound channels in the headband arms. This directs the sound to your ears.
The sound quality is very good in my opinion but keep in mind that unlike wearing headphones, people around you can hear it.
You can of course improve the sound experience a lot if you plug-in good headphones. Which is possible via the mic socket in the left side of the headset.
If you are on a low budget, you’ll still enjoy very good sound experience without headphones, but just keep in mind that you can improve the audio quality if you find it not satisfying for your needs and you don’t want others to hear the sound from the app.
You can lower the volume using a button at the bottom of the headset.
Things I Don’t Like
Here is a video I made to talk about the things that I think should be improved or that I don’t like.
Overall, my experience with the Oculus Quest 2 so far have been excellent. I cannot ignore some of the thigs that can be improved–still, if you are new to virtual reality, you are going to enjoy this VR headset a lot.
There are so many amazing VR apps and games that you’ll be occupied for a long time.
I am currently playing VR Poker game at night, doing VR exercise during the day playing Racket: Nx and Beat Saber and I had a blast playing what I consider, The Best VR game on the market right now, which is Half-Life: Alyx.
Bottom Line, I recommend buying it. No need to wait. Great VR experiences are waiting for you right now, and they are amazing!
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