There aren’t many higher VR headsets than the Meta Quest 2. It provides a very wi-fi expertise, which suggests you do not have to remain inside a sure distance of an enormous gaming PC to take pleasure in nice video games like Resident Evil 4 and The Strolling Useless: Saints & Sinners. You too can join it to a gaming PC, although, and benefit from the large library of Steam VR video games and extra. Proper now, it is $399 for the 128GB mannequin. That will get you all the pieces it’s worthwhile to begin enjoying, however there are quite a lot of totally different equipment that may improve your expertise.
This is a take a look at among the prime Quest 2 equipment on the market. Most I’ve tried myself, together with the Quest 2 Elite Strap, varied carrying circumstances, a VR mat, prescription lenses, sweat masks, weighted gloves, exterior battery packs and a generic model of the Oculus Hyperlink VR cable. However a couple of alternatives are extremely rated by consumers on-line. I will be including extra Quest 2 equipment and can replace this checklist as I attempt them out.
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In the event you’re on the lookout for somewhat safety for the Quest 2 head unit (sure, individuals have been identified to drop them), a face cowl will assist. The Nufr is available in varied colours for round $16, with the worth various barely by colour.
Once I was seeking to improve to an “elite” head strap for my digital actuality expertise, I did not essentially wish to spend $50 for the official Elite Head Strap. I used to be on the lookout for a Quest accent bundle that mixed equipment and located this one from Esimen, which features a good carrying case. Thus far, after a month of use, all the pieces is holding up properly. That mentioned, each the Elite Head Strap and official Quest 2 Carrying Case have a extra premium feel and appear to them (whether or not they’re value the additional dough is debatable, after all).
In the event you’re on the lookout for a extra comfy gaming expertise, upgrading to an “elite” strap is the way in which to go. I initially purchased that knockoff Esimen equipment bundle. That is all been high-quality, however I’ll say the official elite strap model is superior (it isn’t twice pretty much as good however it is a bit of an improve over the elite strap knockoff I purchased). You simply should pay a premium for it.
Loads of VR video games are designed to make you sweat. That is why it is a good suggestion to get a silicone or fake leather-based face cowl that you would be able to simply wipe off after every gaming session. I purchased a Vokoo bundle that included a controller grip set and a lens cowl. (It is vital to guard your lenses from the solar and getting knocked.) Every thing match properly and is working high-quality, so no complaints, however the Vokoo bundle is not in inventory.
You’ll be able to definitely play with the Quest 2 whereas carrying glasses, however it’s extra comfy with out. That is the place a set of prescription lens inserts is available in.
Oculus has partnered with FramesDirect to offer such Rx inserts, with costs beginning at $80 for the VirtuClear inserts. There are different Oculus VR Rx lens inserts on the market, together with ones from VR Lens Lab and WidmoVR, however I’ve solely tried the VirtuClear lenses. They work properly and are straightforward sufficient to take away so somebody who does not require glasses can play.
There are many carrying circumstances for the Quest 2 that price round $25 and are fairly respectable. However the Oculus-branded model is arguably the very best. It is protecting, comparatively light-weight and sleek-looking. The one downside is that it prices $49.
The Quest 2 has a few glorious desk tennis video games which might be already shockingly sensible (I play Eleven Desk Tennis). However if you wish to add much more, flip your Quest controller into what seems like an actual ping-pong paddle with a paddle grip. The load steadiness is somewhat totally different, but it surely’s shut sufficient to provide the sensation you are actually holding one. It is somewhat hardcore, but it surely’s a must have when you play quite a lot of digital desk tennis.
Proudly owning a “VR” mat is nice as a result of it supplies some padding on your toes throughout VR exercises and in addition units a boundary that you would be able to really feel (the mat is raised a bit off the ground so you’ll be able to sense once you’re stepping off it and know to re-center your self). This supplies as a lot padding as a thick yoga mat.
I’ve used one from Supernatural that sells for $42. It appears to be similar to the favored Proxi-Mat Area Station Theo mat that you’ll find at Amazon for round $50 (the worth appears to fluctuate a bit). Each are 35 inches in diameter.
Amazon has a number of VR sweat masks obtainable for individuals who play lively VR video games and find yourself with somewhat an excessive amount of perspiration construct up. After a session of Thrill of the Struggle (boxing), I typically find yourself with sweat dripping into my eyes contained in the headset, which is irritating. That is the place one in every of these sweat masks can assist. They appear somewhat ridiculous however they will make the VR enjoying expertise extra comfy.
The Crossmeta model right here is a bit more costly than another choices on Amazon but it surely comes with three masks as a substitute of two.
Whereas you need to use any corded headphones with the Quest 2, there are a handful of official headsets, together with Logitech’s G Professional Gaming Headset. It appears sturdy and is comfy for an over-ear pair, with reminiscence foam earpads that passively seal out ambient noise. You get a brief twine (with a Velcro strip) that is designed for the Quest 2, together with different twine equipment that mean you can use the Quest headset together with your PC and different consoles. The growth microphone is removable.
I used to be centered somewhat extra on the consolation issue — and carrying this Quest 2 headset throughout a exercise VR sport will increase the temp in your head a bit — however they sound good, too.
In the event you do not wish to put on full-size headphones whereas enjoying, the Logitech G333 VR gaming earphones are different. They arrive with a custom-length brief twine (and Velcro strap) designed for Quest 2 headsets.
The twine resulting in the proper bud is longer so that you put on that twine behind your neck, which lets you go away them hanging when you do not have the buds in your ears. Whereas they’re nothing too fancy so far as earbuds go, they do have a sturdy twine, and really feel sturdy general, and are well-designed for Oculus Quest 2 use. They ship stable sound when you get a decent seal (a couple of totally different sized suggestions are included).
There are many cheaper earbuds choices for Oculus Quest 2 — you’ll find them right here. Nevertheless, I have never tried them. Some do not appear as sturdy because the Logitech G333.
The Anker Charging Dock for Quest 2 is precisely what it feels like. It is a resting place on your Quest 2 head unit and controllers once you’re not utilizing them, and consists of rechargeable batteries on your controllers in addition to a USB-C cable and energy adapter (you plug the cable into the dock).
The dock additionally comes with somewhat magnetic USB-C adapter that you just plug into the USB-C port on the Oculus headset. You then dock the top unit and the built-in magnetic charger connects to the adapter.
I used to be in a position to cost the Quest 2 headset even with an elite head strap on it, however you must take off any grips you may need on the controllers to cost these.
I have never tried this Quest equipment combo out but but it surely will get excessive marks on Amazon and looks like a great way to connect an exterior battery (not included) for prolonged gameplay classes.
There is a magnetic docking space on the again of the consolation strap. You merely stick the adhesive metallic plate onto any exterior battery and the battery then sticks to the consolation strap.
Quest 2 controllers use AA batteries and so they final an inexpensive period of time however when you play so much, they do require changing extra often. That is why it is a good suggestion to get a set of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, which cost quicker and last more than the NiCad and MiMH rechargeable batteries of yesteryear. And who must put extra lifeless disposable batteries out on the planet?
Pale Blue rechargeables are available in packs with as few as 4 batteries or as many as 12 (varied battery sorts can be found). The batteries cost by way of Micro-USB and the included cable expenses as much as 4 batteries concurrently. It takes about two hours to get a full cost. Some competing fashions have moved to USB-C charging and Pale Blue could transfer to USB-C sooner or later. At present, its rechargeable D batteries cost by way of USB-C.
If all you are on the lookout for is a lens cowl, this Orzero VR Lens Defend Cowl is likely one of the extra fashionable choices for simply lower than $10. Personally, I search for accent bundles that embrace a lens cowl, however some individuals solely need this lens protector accent.
You’ll be able to play PC VR video games in your Quest 2 however you want a Hyperlink cable, though Meta has been refining its Air Hyperlink wi-fi possibility (over Wi-Fi) to be extra dependable. The official Oculus Hyperlink Cable prices $78, however a lot of cheaper variations can be found, together with this 20-foot KRX knowledge transmission and charging cable.
In the event you’re on the lookout for an exterior battery to connect to your headset to get extra juice, this 10,000-mAh Aukey is an efficient possibility for lower than $50. You may have to determine a strategy to mount it to your headset. I made a DIY mount with a stick-on magnet I placed on the again of an Elite Head Strap knockoff after which I caught an adhesive plate on the battery. It labored nice. Magnets are your folks relating to mounting. (Like all different Aukey merchandise on Amazon, this one is presently unavailable there, however you should buy it instantly on the hyperlink under.)
I wished somewhat bit extra of a problem when doing digital actuality exercise video games like Thrill of the Struggle, Health VR, The Climb and The Climb 2, Beat Saber and lots of others, so I seemed into getting some wearable weights. From my analysis I discovered that weighted gloves have been the way in which to go. Simply be warned that it is best to proceed at your individual threat with these (you possibly can injure your self), but it surely definitely does enhance the depth of your exercises.
Every glove solely provides a pound of weight, however that is greater than you suppose. They match contained in the controllers high-quality.