The Oculus Quest 2 is the new Standalone VR headset in the Oculus line of headsets from Facebook and despite the fact that I have to connect it to my Facebook account I’ve been having a blast so far living in the VR World. In this Oculus Quest 2 review I wanted to dive into the Oculus Quest 2 specs, overall build quality, overall comfort, oculus quest 2 accessories and take a look at Oculus Quest 2 gameplay.
What Is The Oculus Quest 2?
The Oculus Quest 2 is a standalone Vr headset, the second edition in the Oculus Quest line and could be considered the standard for VR gaming headsets. One of it’s biggest selling points is you don’t need an expensive gaming Pc or based station, just put the headset on to start gaming. Now the Oculus Quest 2’s price is really low at $299 for the tech and quality you get here in a standalone wireless headset but it is most definitely not the best on the market with some short comings which we will touch on in this article.
Oculus Quest 2 Specs
Now here is where the Oculus Quest 2 shines over other VR headsets, the tech that Facebook packed into this standalone wireless headset is not only impressive but amazing when taking into consideration the Oculus Quest 2’s price and being able to play PC VR games.
Oculus Quest 2 Specs
- Panel Type: Single Fast-Switch LCD, 1832×1920px per eye
- CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon XR2 Platform
- Memory: 6GB total
- Tracking: Inside out, 6DOF
- Supported Refresh Rate: 72Hz (default) but 90Hz is supported
Oculus Quest 2 Resolution
I am definitely no expert in the VR space only using the PlayStation VR and some cheaper devices but being someone who has motion sickness I am here to tell you that I experience very little to no motion sickness with the Oculus Quest which is something I can’t say for the PSVR. This is most likely due to the resolution being 1832 by 1920 per eye which compared to the original Quest which ran at 1440 by 1600 per eye and the PSVR coming in at 1080 by 960.
Oculus Quest Specs
- Panel Type: Dual OLED 1600×1440
- Supported Refresh Rate: 72Hz (default)
- CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 835
- Memory: 4GB total
- Tracking: Inside out, 6DOF
LCD & What is IPD?
Oculus Quest 2 uses a Single Fast Switch LCD which eliminates what is know as the screen door effect, the image is sharp and reading text or seeing things in the distance is clear but this does pose a issues with Inter Pupillary Distance or more commonly referred to has IPD. Most VR headsets use two LCD screens and a slider to provide more control over IPD but the Oculus Quest two only has three settings.
Now this might be an issue for others users because take it from me if its wasn’t set right or the strap wasn’t snug I experience some motion sickness and obviously that creates a bad gaming experience. Now for me as long as the lenses were at the far third settings it was perfect but our bodies are built different and these settings might not fit the space between your eyes.
The Snapdragon & Memory
The Oculus Quest 2 has a Snapdragon XR2 processor with 6gb of ram which is capable of giving you a 360 degree fluid and graphic pleasing experience in the VR World with high fidelity rich 3d audio.
Field of View
Now the Oculus Field of view is pretty limited with it squaring off on the third setting which is not something you experience with PC VR headset as I have heard from other Youtubers and Reviews but for me who doesn’t have much experience with other VR headset this didn’t really effect me.
Six Degrees of Freedom
The Quest 2 Supports 6 degrees of freedom head and hand tracking through integrated Oculus Insight technology unlike the Oculus go which use 3 DOF. 3 DOF Movement can be tracked in 3 axes x, y and z. 6 DOF movement is tracked on the same accesses but with this technology it can not only tack the turn or tilt of a head but it can track side stepping, back stepping and moving up and down.
Oculus Quest 2 Features
VR Headset IO & Cameras
The Quest 2 features four cameras which are used to track the movement of the headset. It has a power button on the right side of the unit, usb type c and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the left side. There is volume up, volume down and a mic on both sides on the unit. The Mics don’t see to work when capturing video from the Quest 2 so that is kind of a let down and a fumble on Facebook’s part.
The headset features two speakers that are built into the straps which I think are ok but obviously aren’t going to give you an immersive experience as some good VR headsets that have standalone larger speakers that go over the ear but you can always use your own headphones. You can connect a bluetooth headset but there is a ton of lag and stuttering.
Battery & Controllers
The headset has a 2 hour battery life which during gameplay was a tad annoying when I was hooked on beat saber but its not that big of a deal. The included controllers have a extremely long battery life and after having it for a month they are still going. Now I feel the controllers are comfortable to hold but I have heard mixed reviews and the tracking of the controllers is pretty good unless they are behind your back or over your head out of the camera view. Apparently the HTC VIVE and Valve Index does a better of tracking in this regard but Personally I have barely found myself reaching outside the camera view on the Oculus Quest 2.
The last feature I want to touch on is the Guardian which is the safe barrier you set to keep you from walking into anything and if you walk out of this barrier you can see your surrounding in a static view. You can turn on a feature that allows you to tap the side of the headset to go into pass through mode at anytime to see your surrounding!
Oculus Quest 2 Build Quality
The Oculus Quest 2 has a sleek design and from what I can see is much smaller then the original Oculus Quest. The headset is 191.5 mm x 102 mm x 142.5 mm and weighs 503 grams. It’s light enough to not be over baring while wearing it but you can feel the weight in hand but overall it is a pretty light device.
The housing is constructed of a pretty sturdy plastic and the strap feels pretty strong but when it comes to a good fit this is were the strap fails. If your hosting a party or hanging out with friends the strap is pretty annoying to adjust to the different players heads and if it isn’t adjusted right this is were motion sickness can be experienced so I suggest picking up the Elite Strap but that will set you back another $50 bucks but its a must for comfort.
Unfortunately the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap was recalled so you interested it is going to be a wait before you can get your hands on it… I have been waiting… still waiting… still waiting!
Luckily there are some alternatives you can get right now — Check the video out below to see two different Oculus Quest 2 Straps:
Oculus Quest 2 Accessories
The oculus quest 2 has a few accessories but I want to briefly touch on the must haves! There are three accessories I think are a must, the Elite Strap because the material strap gets the job done but its not comfortable and can be a pain to adjust if switch users multiple times. A case because my headset currently is sitting around and it’s suffered a few surface scratches. The official one is $50 bucks but there are a few third-party one for much cheaper and I think a new VR head cover should be picked up as well because the included one isn’t the greatest fit but its still ok I guess.
Oculus Quest 2 Cons
There has to be some cons, right? Well yes there is always the negative and after using the Oculus Quest 2 for the last 3 month I have discovered five cons I personally think need work.
- Must Sign-in with a Facebook Account
- Controllers are a Down-Grade
- The Stock Headstrap kind of Sucks!
- The Battery only last about 2 hours
- Single LCD
Oculus Quest 2 Gameplay
Let get into the most important thing, Gameplay! Currently games run at 72 hertz and in my experience games run fluid and graphically look amazing thanks to the upgraded resolution of the Oculus Quest 2. Games were clear enough to decrease the chances of me getting motion sickness and this only happen if part of the game move rapidly up or down!
The Quest two is the first time I’ve experience Beat Saber, it was an overall. great experience and games run at a minimum of 72 fps. Now the oculus quest 2 can also act as a desktop VR headset via the link cable for games that require a little more horse power then the Quest 2 can offer and they run at the current 72 hertz as well but next year there will be an option to toggle to 90 hertz. Personally I can’t contest to this feature because I don’t have the cable and even if I did I’m sure my budget gaming Motile laptop won’t be able to handle those VR games anyway.
According to the Thrill Seeker Youtube Channel the Oculus Quest 2 PC connection “was the quickest and easy oculus link experience he has ever had. Oculus link on the original Oculus Quest has always been a little finicky, slow and a little glitchy. However, in the case of the Oculus Quest 2 it felt a little fast and easy. He said “Latency for me was pretty imperceptibly, the compression from the image is still there from the original Oculus link but the resolution and visual experience does hide it”. Now this is something I really didn’t notice because I unfortunately don’t have trained eyes but that is probably a good thing in this instance.
I have had the Oculus Quest 2 for three months now and with every use I grow more and more in love with the device. Yeah It has it cons but it has a ton going for what is a wireless standalone Vr headset that cost less then a Xbox Series X or Playstation 5 and that puts it at the top of its game. It has a impressive resolution which helps to decrease motion sickness, decent library of VR games and the capability of hooking to a gaming PC via the Link cable to play higher end PC VR games!
Let me know below if you have a Oculus Quest 2 or if you planning on picking one up after reading this review. Why are you considering a Oculus Quest 2? or if you going with a different headset, which one and why?
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