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Review of Oculus Quest 2 – 2021 and beyond?

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Virtual reality is one of those consumer technologies that’s been on the hype bandwagon, yet a relatively high barrier to entry. Users are either in it or not – as it requires an ecosystem of constant upgrades and updates to support this hobby.

In an unfortuitous turn of events, the global pandemic has compelled lockdowns across the world and now further blurring the lines of physical realities. Spending (too) much time indoors has got everyone – tech fans or not – craving for the fictional.

The Oculus Quest 2 came at a precarious time and may finally be the one that breaks down these barriers, and invite everyone else in. A sleek upgrade from Oculus Go or Oculus Quest 1, or a mere entertainment add on.

Verdict

7.7
Resolution and Performance:
8
Tracking:
7
Game Library:
8
Comfort:
6
Convenience:
9
Value for Money:
8

Pros

Cons

  • Excellent and improved resolution
  • Sleek design (lighter in weight, sharper screen)
  • Self contained and wireless
  • Affordability, in comparison to previous headset
  • Uncomfortable headstrap without soft fabric (purchase to replace it with Quest 2 Elite Strap here)
  • Mandatory Facebook login
  • Short battery life

Resolution

The new display features 1832 x 1920 pixel per eye – the highest resolution display yet, helping to user to focus whether on the move or standing still.

Now powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 with 6GB RAM, coupled with the four position-tracking camera, the Quest 2 is able to achieve lower latency and ensure a smoother performance compared to predecessors.

The Quest 2’s refresh rate is updated to 90Hz, where the VR headset will be able to run natively at 90Hz in all apps and games

Oculus Quest 2 with Oculus Link Minimum Requirements

If you do plan on purchasing the Oculus Link cable to boost your VR experience, here is the minimum specs your computer will need to ensure smooth gameplay.

Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon 400 Series or better. 3GB dedicated Video Ram
Pixel/Vertical Shader5.1
CPU Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
USB1x USB 2.0+
OSWindows 10

How much is the Oculus Quest 2

The Quest 2 all-in kit includes:

  • VR Headset
  • Two Touch Controllers
  • Two AA batteries
  • Glass Spacers
  • Power Adapter
  • Charging Cable

Retailing at the price of:

$299 for 64GB – Amazon

$399 for 256GB – Amazon

How to set up the Oculus Quest 2

Hardware

Whether this is your first VR headset or the third, you will want to set it up properly, from creating an account to establishing your guardian system.

Step 1: Plug your headset into a power source using the charging cable provided.

Step 2: Download the official Oculus companion app via the iOS App Store or Google Play, you’ll need to sign in with a Facebook account. (While you’re on your mobile, make sure your mobile is Bluetooth enabled)

Step 3: Turn on the headset by holding the power button located on the side for 2 – 3 seconds.

Step 4: Adjust the two plastic pieces located on the backstrap tighten the headset. Remember to adjust the centre Velcro strap. You will see a big white O. Feel free to adjust the lens with your fingers for maximum comfort and clearest picture.

Yes, your headset should be on your head by now.

Step 5: Here, you’ll be prompted to use your Touch controllers to proceed. Push a button or trigger to switch on the controllers. Once switched on, select your language and connect to your local Wi-Fi to allow your Quest 2 to run updates.

Software

Step 6: Once here, you’ll be provided with a quick safety video explaining how to properly set up your guardian and playspace. This will take approximately 5 minutes – feel free to take off your gears while it loads. (Your device will remember these boundaries you’ve drawn so you don’t have to redraw it every time you switch it on)

Step 7: Welcome to your Oculus home dashboard, there are multiple locations you can choose to customise your home page to.

Step 8: There is a six icon interface that leads you to every function within 3 clicks – Friends; Content Library; Sharing; Notification; Settings.

A better experience: power and data

Some may have had the experience of tripping over wires or a battery-low headset mid game, which can be easily solved with the 5 metre-long Oculus Link cable. The Oculus Link cable and software unlocks the power of your PC to add stunning graphics to your gameplay.

Also overcoming the issue of load time with fibre optic, the Oculus Link cable has a parallel copper line, keeping your headset charged while in use.

Game Library

The Quest 2 gives you access to the full library of Quest content, including Echo VR, Moss, Vader Immortal among many others. Some of the new games and updates includes The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Beat Saber multiplayer and Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing.

With Quest 2 and Oculus Link, some of the best PC VR await such as Asgard’s Warth, Lone Echo, Medal of Honour: Above and Beyond.

Conclusion

Is it a must buy? Depends.

The Quest 2 is a good segue into the virtual reality world for anyone without an entire ecosystem of technology, especially for those without a PC-ready computer. It is the best stand-alone headset at the moment and brings more value than what it is worth.

However, the Oculus Link cable may be a more financially-friendly option for users who already have most of the existing kits and accessories. Especially for Oculus Quest 1 owners, the main differences are just pixels per eye; a lighter hardware (and white exterior); and faster screen refresh rate.

And finally to address the elephant in the room, Facebook. Oculus is Facebook-owned, which means agreeing to the terms of service and integrating your personal Facebook account is mandatory. We’ve weighed our pros and cons – so what’s yours?

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