Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset that was released just a few days back and if you want us to discuss every feature about this headset then you are at the right place.
This standalone headset has created a lot of buzz especially because you do not need any PC to run this VR headset and it is powered by a Snapdragon chip.
There are a lot of positives when it comes to a standalone VR headset but at the same time, there are a few cons which you might like to consider especially if you plan on investing in this headset.
Oculus Quest is going to be my favorite headsets as it does not need any PC and you can wear the headset alone and enjoy almost every game that you would play on the Oculus Rift.
Unlike the Oculus Go, the Quest is blessed with 6 DoF giving the users a more immersive experience.
If you want an Oculus Rift kind of experience but without the PC and all the wires then the Oculus Quest might be something that would impress you.
Design and Comfort on the Oculus Quest
The Oculus Quest comes with a very Oculus Rift type design where you have a three-way strap that would secure the headset on your face.
It is an all black headset and weighs around 571 grams. Even though it is around 100 grams heavier than the Rift, because of the even weight distribution you are not going to feel the headset that heavy when you wear it.
The Quest comes with a three-way head strap that you can adjust so that the headset fits you perfectly. The headset is comfortable to wear when it comes to long gaming hours.
After a while, the triangle formed at the back of your head by the three head straps might need a little fixing as you start getting tired at this point but you can still go on with your play in VR.
The headset comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack where you can insert the headphones if needed else you can just work with the speakers that come with the headset.
You also have focal adjusters which help you adjust the distance between the two headset lenses for a better VR experience.
Overall the Quest is a pretty good headset and really comfortable to wear for hour long gaming sessions.
Resolution on the Headset
Oculus Quest has OLED displays with a resolution of 2,880 x 1,600. The resolution is way better than the Oculus Go, minimizing the screen door effect which was a problem for many VR users.
The VR visuals in the Oculus Quest is pretty amazing and you can easily tell that there is an improvement in the overall quality from its previous standalone headset.
The refresh rate on this headset is 72Hz which is not that great in comparison to other headsets released by Oculus but overall it is fine and you do get a smoother visual.
Overall, the OLED displays make the colors look really rich on the Oculus Quest and the resolution is really good for a standalone headset.
Tracking and Controllers
The Controllers on the Oculus Quest are pretty similar to that of the Oculus touch controllers. Now, this is an improvement in comparison to the controllers on the Oculus Go which was a remote control.
The quest comes with 6DoF which is an improvement to the Dof found on the Oculus Go headset. This means that your movements in the real world can be tracked by the Quest and it would be replicated in the VR game as well.
This is a major improvement for a standalone headset as it offers a tracking that one would usually see in a PC VR headset like the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive.
The 6DoF makes using this standalone headset even more interesting as you would get to experience games as you do with the Rift making the experience wire-free and immersive.
This is what someone would expect from a standalone headset- a quality VR experience like you would get in the Oculus Rift but without the involvement of any wires or a PC.
The Oculus Quest truly delivers on this front as it gives you amazing controllers and a tracking system that helps you play games anytime and anywhere you want.
Portability and Battery Life
The Headset is really portable and once you get a case for this, you can just insert your headset and controllers inside the case and take it along with you while you are traveling.
The fact that this headset is wireless makes it easy to get started with VR gaming anywhere you want without having to worry about connecting it to a PC. Just charge it completely and you are good to go.
The battery life on this headset can last for about 2-3 hours which is pretty good enough. Although we do expect to see some improvements in the battery life of the headset, we are not disappointed with what it is at the moment.
There would be changes with time but for now, with all the features and the battery life, we still feel Oculus Quest is a pretty good deal for people interested in VR gaming.
Games on the Oculus Quest
There are going to be a few games that would be released with the Quest but most of the Rift titles are going to be playable on the Quest as well giving it a huge library of VR games at the time of release.
Although not all titles, most of the titles on the Rift and the Go are going to be playable on the Quest and you are going to be browsing games from the same platform.
The Rift S which is replacing the Oculus Rift has a refresh rate similar to that of the Quest it is safe to expect that there are going to be a LOT of games that are common to both the Rift S and the Quest.
So, if you are worried about the game selection then don’t be as the Oculus Quest is not going to disappoint you. Heck, I cannot wait to try and watch VR Porn on the Quest as the experience might be even better with the 6DoF.
So, the final question that comes to your mind must be- IS the Oculus Quest worth it? In my opinion, it sure is. You get two variants one with 64GB memory and the other with 128GB.
Although they differ by a price of $100, make sure you choose the right one as it is not upgradable.
Looking at the price point and the fact that you do not need a PC with beefy specs, the Oculus Quest definitely is a VR headset that you should invest in.
It has an amazing resolution along with some really comfortable touch controllers that fit in your hand like they were gloves.
Overall we are in love with everything about the Quest and if you have not checked out the headset, then we recommend you do so and let us know your thoughts about it in the comments below!
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