In the twenty-first century, virtual reality has proved its worth. Though most people around the globe don’t possess this gadget, it somehow has passed the adaptability phase successfully. With the launch of several VR headsets, it is now entering the transition phase of development and continuous improvements.
Like the Sci-fi movies, VR enthusiasts can now imagine the same Virtual world through the newly developed VR headsets. The Oculus Quest is one of those best VR Gaming headsets that offer the most exciting and amazing experience.
Oculus Quest VR Headset
The Oculus Quest is equipped with the same fabric and plastic which are used in its predecessors. It seems the company hasn’t taken design as seriously as it should take. Yet the company changed in its design is its round faceplates than flat ones present in old versions.
The Oculus Quest headset measures exactly 8.7 x 7.6 x 4.1 and weighs 20.1 ounces, which means it is a bit heavier VR headset than ordinary headsets, which normally weigh around 15-17 ounces. Though every ounce counts in making a commendable product, this is acceptable as it carries a battery, lenses, fabric, and plastic structure which makes it heavy.
There are four wide-angled sensors on its top and bottom corners that protect to keep from walking into walls. On the bottom side, a lenses space adjustor button and a volume controller can be seen. The mask is soft foamy enclosed in the fabric covering the upper face and comfortable and breathable. Not only it comes with a USB Type-C port on its right side, but there are also other ports and buttons, and on its left side, there is a 3.5mm audio jack. The rubber straps help adjust and fit comfortably at the right position and don’t cause any such trouble.
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Interface and Features
The Oculus Quest is quite simple and innovative. The Oculus Home looks really like a Home. At first look, it gives an impression of a nicely decorated spacious Home with a smart combination of innovation and technology. In reality, the interface offers games and apps icons displayed on black tiles. The panel allows complete access to tabs like Navigation, apps Library, People, Home, Store, and Settings. Additionally, there is a status indicator for Wi-Fi, battery, and time.
Another interesting feature of Oculus Quest is the casting feature. You can connect other smartphones and Oculus devices using casting technology. It allows others to play with you and see the performance on their own devices. The only thing required is that the devices must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
The Oculus Video is another interesting feature worth considering about Oculus Quest. This app is growing at a fast rate among VR users. Mainly it allows VR users to watch videos in VR and even watch with friends simultaneously. The Oculus is far from other companies as it allowed me to capture videos in games and pictures and lets you save them in Home.
This outstanding VR headset offers all the accessories required for running it. These accessories include two AA batteries, a 15w power adapter, two touch controllers, frame friendly spacer, and a power cable. For a better experience, you can buy some other items like in-ear headphones and a carry case for backpacking.
Besides perfect design, the Oculus Quest comes with a per-eye resolution of 1600 x 1440 pixels. This is much better and improved than its predecessors, like the Oculus Go sports resolution of 1280 x 1440 pixels per eye. Additionally, there is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that is again higher than Go’s processor of 821. It means, just like Oculus Rift, you don’t have to rely on your PC’s processor for the smooth functioning of the Oculus Quest VR headset.
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The Oculus Quest comes with two options of storage memory. The first version comes with 64 GB storage memory and the second version offers 128GB storage capacity. Though greater storage capacity means more freedom over downloading games and apps without sacrificing other ones, it also comes at a greater price. The 128GB Oculus Quest costs around $100 more as compared to the 64GB Oculus Quest. Now it is up to you as to which one you choose for yourself.
In my opinion, 64GB storage memory is enough. This is because all the games and apps in Oculus Quest are highly optimized, saving a lot of space for more apps. But remember, the Oculus is continuously making efforts to update and add new games that will definitely require more space. So, if you can afford a few more bucks, don’t hesitate to go for Oculus Quest with 128GB storage memory.
As I have already told you that the Oculus Quest is heavier than an ordinary VR headset, you have to compromise overweight to enjoy this perfect VR headset. The thing worth mentioning is that despite its heavyweight, I did not notice any discomfort due to its heavyweight. I was able to play for more than three hours comfortably due to its perfectly fitted face mask and straps that produced no sweat on my face. Another interesting thing is that you can wear glasses along with the VR headset, as there is sufficient space that allows you to be comfortable.
The performance and enjoyment that I felt using the Oculus Quest can be imagined from when I unintentionally moved my body to and fro. The built-in audio allowed me to get immersed in the pure gaming, and I felt that I myself am present at the battlefield and the enemy in front of me is approaching to attack my face.
One thing I highly appreciated about Oculus Quest is its six Degree of freedom (DoF) which means you move it in any position or direction. It allows rotations like roll, pitch, and yaw, and movements like Up/Down, Left/Right, and forward/backward. This is much more perfect and precise than Oculus Go which allows just three degrees of freedom.
The screen-door effect is great in which it closes very slowly, which gives a completely uniform and smooth picture without any distortion in pixels. It also removes any distractions or gaps seen mostly in other VR headsets.
Oculus Quest apps and Games
As already mentioned that the Oculus Quest initially comes with more than 50 apps and games. Some of the most popular and demanding games like Superhot VR and some of the built-in games such as Sports Scramble and Journey of the Gods. Though this is limited stock and scanty for gaming addicts, I am sure that Oculus would definitely add more popular apps and games with the new updates. This is because the apps and games library of Oculus is expanding very fast. Additionally, you will be able to get eight more games especially, Dead and Buried 2, Creed: Rise to Glory, Face Your Fears, etc. The game I liked the most was Creed: Rise to Glory and Space Pirate Trainer.
One drawback I found about Oculus Quest was the hectic and time-consuming downloading process. You can download one game at one time, which means you have to wait for many hours to download games of your choice. But, since the games are pretty optimized, they occupy less than one GB of space and require less time to download.
Previously, the Oculus VR headsets used external devices as tracking sensors, making its setup process boring and worrisome. This, however, is not the case in Oculus Quest, as it comes with built-in position tracking sensors. For me, the whole process of charging the headset, inserting its batteries into Touch controllers, downloading the Oculus app, and connecting it with my smartphone was quite easy, and I didn’t even bother to look for the manual in setting it up. This is pretty simple.
After turning it on by power button and connecting the headset to the Wi-Fi router, I, first of all, installed the important updates that were completed in just a few minutes. After all this setup process, the most important thing was allocating some space in my room to let the journey begin. I, fortunately, managed to afford the 6.5 x 6.5-foot area that was nearly 4 sq. meters as recommended by Oculus. Such a spacious room space allowed me to play with more fun than I imagined since I could lean from side to side, duck, and sit. The interesting thing was that the positional sensors protected me from falling off or being struck with the wall.
After the whole setup is done, as the first step in its use, ensure that you are getting used to the Touch Controllers and have made yourself adjusted to the space that you managed for it, try to move and walk around using your VR legs.
The presence of the four wide-angle sensors in Oculus Quest is no less than magic. They are much attractive and offer a perfect combination of sci-fi aesthetics in this century. The sensors serve the primary purpose of tracking the Touch Controllers and protect your face from any bad experience by effectively tracking your position.
Now you don’t need to use Constellation sensors in using VR headset for protection and tracking position. The reason is that the combined protection of sensors and a computer-operated algorithm to track the position is beneficial to keep the user away from the wall. Even I remained quite comfortable, stable, and free from ruining my face due to the addition of this great technology.
The sensors work quite well. If you are playing the space game and in excitement, you are about to bump into the wall, sensors will be activated automatically, and the Passthrough feature will show your real position. In this way, you may keep yourself away from the wall and remain safe in the whole gaming session.
Touch Controllers of Oculus Quest are made of plastic material. With black color and weight of less than 4 ounces, they are comparatively lighter than their competitors and predecessors. The buttons (B, Y, A, and X) are of a glossy appearance and offer a perfect grip to hold the controllers to release pain in the hands.
The small halos at the top are quite adorable, and In fact they are part of Insight technology which enables sensors to track movements.
The Touch controllers are the best option due to their lightweight and comfort, which they offer in long hours of gaming. They even are precise in making minute movements like grab, point, or wave. This, however, is not the case in ordinary Controllers available in the market.
Audio: Built-in speakers
Let me clear one thing, the Oculus Quest comes with two audio jacks, but it doesn’t mean its sound is not as its features. The Quest has the perfect audio speakers to easily overcome external noise in full volume and gives an immersive gaming experience.
Even though it lacks Bluetooth, it still has two audio jack to connect your audio devices with it. The audio is appreciably good, clear, and loud. It offered me the right amount of sound and the precise position to avoid any mishaps.
As the Oculus Quest is a wireless VR headset, it definitely needs a battery to run. In our tests, its battery lasted around three hours in streaming videos and two hours in gaming. Though the battery life is less than expected, it is quite affordable as longer gaming sessions on VR headsets may not suit health. This is the reason VR headsets are not recommended for children under the age of 13.
Facts and Info about the Oculus Quest
- The first VR Gaming headset that enables you to share screen with TV or smartphone.
- The first VR headset by Oculus which has pioneered in offering room scale movement and freedom of 6-degrees.
- Availability of more than 50 apps to download, but allows users to download one app in one time, though time consuming yet still good enough to buy.
- Wide angle sensors protect user from falling off and keep from walking into walls.
Reasons to Buy
Reasons to Avoid
The Oculus Quest is an all-in-one VR headset that you can get for immersive gaming and explore the virtual reality world at the next level. In the price range of $500, you will get an untethered and comfortable VR headset with a high-end processor, innovative sensors, and Touch Controllers. Additionally, the collection of apps and games and an innovative interface give you greater access to the digital world.
Overall, the Oculus Quest is one of the VR gaming headsets on our list. It not only offers all the things that the VR headset lovers need, but also you will get a similar or more than expected immersive experience of the virtual world. If you can afford a few more dollars for a high-end VR gaming headset, I think it won’t be a big deal; go for it.