Oculus Quest 2 Advanced Virtual Reality Headset Review
Meta’s Oculus started the VR revolution at a time when the VR products were just in their nascent stages.
Oculus Quest 2 VR is their all new headset built for an enhanced VR experience. To make it affordable, the company has priced the Quest 2 VR reasonably.
It’s earlier offering Oculus Rift VR introduced everyone to the experience of using a Virtual Reality headset. Though the graphics weren’t a major plus point in games like Roller Coaster etc. With the Meta Quest 2 VR headset and the Meta VR portal users get to experience a well evolved VR Games & experiences within the Oculus VR ecosystem.
What do we think about the Gameplay and VR Experience?
As soon as you fire up the VR headset, you land on the Quest’s welcome portal through which you can access a variety of settings, apps and content store.
Even the basic bundled VR experiences are so good and offers a engaging experience. The controller tracks your position with accuracy and monitors the player’s boundary with Guardian Activated technology in spite of not having an external sensor. All managed by the 6 cameras on the headset.
The 1832 x1960 display ensures a smooth lag free gaming experience. The headset doesn’t support 4K content, but the clarity on the High Definition display is on par with the other headsets that does.
The Quest 2’s Native games like Beat Saber are fun to play and it’s a good workout too. More graphic intensive titles like Half Life : Alyx, Walking dead too performed really well without lagging. Additionally, you have access to STEAMVR’s 5000+ games & VR experience titles that are unique and fun.
Quest 2 gives access to Horizon World which is has been in the news of late for a variety reasons, we were able to navigate and explore around the Virtual world, made a few virtual friends too. One important thing you’ll have to remember is that you’ll need to manually turn on the “Personal Boundary” option in the account settings section of the Horizon World app to keep strangers maintain a safe distance.
Reasons to Buy the Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset
– Similar to the core belief of Apple, where the software is built to compliment the hardware, Oculus Quest VR offers it’s own Operating system for the VR headset. It works quite well. The interface and high definition graphical elements elevate the initial experience as soon as the Headset is powered on.
The interface carries the same sensibilities that Meta has developed over the years in building interfaces for a non-tech user. It doesn’t complicate things. The guided setup explains each and every setting on the menu. Within a few minutes you’re ready to experience VR after the initial setup.
– The platform is compatible with game titles on STEAMVR too. Cross-platform compatibility is really a win-win for everyone.
– It’s light and the cushioning is premium, you won’t feel that the weight ( under 500 grams) of wearing the headset over longer periods of time.
– Oculus Quest 2 VR has precision tracking built-in and is accurate so far. HTC Vive VR has Chaperone system to create a virtual boundary where you can freely move around. But in the case the of Oculus, it has 6 cameras to track the space in front of you.
– It’s a Standalone Headset and controller, meaning it doesn’t need a base station, but can be connected to the PC directly.
– It has an Air Link Wireless adapter that can be attached to the PC, once done you can disconnect the cables and play. However, It’s only available for a few experiences and games so far.
– Interpapillary Lens attachments that can be changed to make the headset user-friendly for people with glasses.
– It’s priced close to an entry level VR headset but has the design and performance of a High-end VR headset.
There are some Cons too..
– You’ll have to sign into your Facebook account just to use the device. Even if you aren’t purchasing anything from the store. This could’ve been an optional step.
– Field of View is lesser than most VR headsets, it offers only 89 degrees. Headsets like HP Reverb G2 & VIVE VR Pro 2 have 120 Degrees FOV.
– Only supports up to 90 Hz refresh rate. Limits the gaming experience of titles that require higher refresh rates.
– The initial charging time takes a couple of hours, but once the headset is set up, it can last for 2 hours. Other headsets last longer. To have an extended battery life, you’ll have to get a battery pack that can be attached to the back strap of the headset. It’ll cost you an additional $109 to get this addon though. (Way to monetize a short coming. )
– The Headset should have had the Elite strap as part of the standard product. It’s not really a con but it’s much more of a personal preference.
These are some of the things we observed when we tested the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. Let us know what you think in the comment. If you plan to purchase one, click the Get It Now button on top.
Reference: VR Headset for Metaverse reviews.