As a VR enthusiast, it’s been very interesting the past few years. The technology is evolving from the awkward beginning stages to what we have now: high-powered standalone VR headsets that don’t require cords or cables. If you’re new to VR and haven’t yet had the chance to try out a headset for yourself, I’d definitely recommend looking into one of these devices, as they truly are life-changing. By far one of my all-time favourite pieces of tech is the Oculus Quest 2. This headset blew me away upon first use and still continues to impress me even after three months of ownership and 50+ hours of usage on just about every available app/game on the market today – including Beat Saber, Creed 2 Rise to Glory, and Robo Recall, which are some of the best titles on the platform today.
The Oculus Quest 2’s design is simple and sleek. It looks like a normal pair of headphones, but it has two lenses attached to them with roughly 1″ visible space on either side of your face while wearing them. The headset features adjustable volume buttons on one earpiece along with power and Bluetooth pairing capabilities along with its opposing earpiece. This headset also comes with standard Oculus Earbuds that you can plug into the earpieces for audio output; however I usually just use my own high-quality wireless headphones due to personal preference
The right arm of this headset is where all the magic happens: here you will find all connections including USB Type-C, power input, HDMI output, and AUX input. For those of you that don’t know, USB Type-C can be used for both charging and data transfer. This is a much more convenient choice compared to the standard Oculus Quest 2, which uses a MicroUSB connection for charging and data transfer. I’d also like to mention that the original Oculus quest doesn’t feature a headphone jack either; instead, it comes with a 3.5mm audio dongle for us gamers with headphones already invested in the industry.
The headset itself features an impressive resolution of 1440×1600 per eye (total 2880×1600 pixels) which is very sharp and immersive while using apps such as Robo Recall or other games on this platform that really push the limits of the hardware. If you’re interested, my favourite apps/games on this headset right now are Robo Recall, Pinball FX3 VR, and Dead and Buried Arena.
The battery life is also fairly solid for a standalone device powered by a Snapdragon 835 chipset: I’ve been able to get around 2-4 hours of playtime depending on the usage – which is actually quite impressive! In my opinion, this length is more than enough considering that they can recharge in just about 30 minutes with the included 15w charger. It takes around 80 minutes to fully charge from 0-100%. Lastly, most VR games feature a built-in battery indicator within their menus so it’s very easy to keep track of how much juice you have left while you’re playing.
Regarding software, the Oculus Home interface is the same as every other headset on the market right now; it’s simple and easy to use. The only difference with this headset compared to others is that there are no buttons on its exterior – instead, everything is done through internal hardware buttons located at the bottom of each lens (simulating an ‘enter’ button) which simulates pressing a normal gaming controller’s A button. This makes it easier for beginners, but I’d still recommend that you start off using binoculars or binocular zoom until you feel comfortable enough to delve into full VR mode without them. As someone who isn’t great with hand-eye coordination (at least not yet) this was a much easier and more comfortable experience for me.
As far as the overall experience it’s immersive, engaging and fun: I really like this headset and I’m happy to call myself a proud owner of one. It’s definitely worth every penny in my opinion; provided you have at least half the money required to own one ($399 currently). Other VR headsets such as the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive require expensive computers (in excess of $1500 if you don’t already own one), but this is a standalone headset that comes with everything you need to be included in its price tag! As an added bonus, they also offer $40-50 discounts during sales pretty often – so keep your eyes peeled for deals and remember that deals don’t last forever.