If you’re in the market for a VR headset, the Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2) is probably already on your radar. As far as standalone hardware goes, it’s dominant in the space right now, without much serious competition, and it’s a great VR experience, building on the foundation laid by the Oculus Rift.
After spending nearly a month with the Quest 2 and its considerable software library, we’ve got plenty of thoughts on who it’s for, what its weaknesses are, and what to keep in mind when you’re ready to buy.
Out of the box, it’s clear that this is a quality product, sturdy and well designed. But setting it up correctly is crucial, and you’ll want to be aware of what you’re doing. As for me, I’m 31, I wear glasses (my vision is unusually poor), my eyelashes are very long, and I generally don’t like Facebook as a social media platform.
That last point used to be a big source of frustration for many Quest users because Oculus previously required a Facebook log-in to use its ecosystem. that changedHowever, and users can now use a Quest device without a Facebook account.
Once you go through a short but annoying setup process, the Quest 2 is fairly comfortable to use. It comes with a thin plastic “spacer” that you’ll want to install immediately if you’re wearing glasses The foam cushion where your face meets the headset comes off easily. Then you insert spacers between the two pieces, creating a little extra distance between your corrective lens and the lens used for VR. If you have glasses, take the extra three or four minutes to install the spacers, and you’ll be glad you did.
When it comes to carrying a large piece of electronic hardware on your face, the Quest 2 is extremely adjustable and comfortable. But the thought of using one frequently, over the years, makes me want to consider going back to contact lenses. Whatever you do, it doesn’t suit people with glasses, long lashes, or both.
Depending on the shape of your frame and the thickness of your lenses, though, your mileage may vary. At around $80, it’s probably worth ordering a pair VirtuClear custom lens inserts (Available at Frame Direct).
For an extra $100, Oculus offers a version with 192GB of additional storage on top of the usual 64GB. The company sells a special carrying case for $59, an Elite strap for “enhanced comfort” ($59), and other odds and ends. If you’re buying directly from Oculus, they recommend Anker’s third-party charging dock as well as a pair of Logitech earphones made specifically for the Quest 2.
For $399, the stock Quest 2 offers a charging cable and two motion controllers—each with three buttons, two triggers, and a thumbstick. I didn’t feel like I was ever missing out by not having any other items, but audiophiles and frequent flyers might find them useful.
The Oculus library is rich. Amazon’s Prime Video VR app lets me watch The Big Lebowski, David Gilmour: Pompeii Liveand the first act The Rise of Skywalker In a spacious, old-timey movie theater – without my house.
I especially enjoyed it Vader is immortal (Available on Oculus) and popular rhythm games Beat Saber (Available on Oculus), which runs at 90 Hz. I also tested like the game very hot (an old favorite) (Available on Oculus), Job simulator (Available on Oculus)And Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge (Available on Oculus). The edge of the galaxy The game runs at 72fps and allows for thumbstick-based motion; I once made the mistake of trying it while standing up, and the resulting nausea abruptly put an end to my VR use for the day.
If you are interested in creating a new type of filmmaking, such as an immersive experience Vader is immortalor games that use motion control and player movement, the Quest 2 is a worthwhile investment.