Virtual Reality, better known as VR, has come home. The newest iteration of the Oculus headset, the Oculus Quest 2, is a lightweight, simple to control, mobile option for anyone ready to step into the wonderous world of VR. And thankfully, it will not break the bank.
A wireless, stand-alone headset, even the least tech-savvy in your household will be able to throw the Oculus Quest 2 on and enjoy it right out of the box. And with a heady mix of content, from games to fitness to adventure to music, everyone will have a reason to lose themselves in this gripping alternate world.
Before you buy, here’s all you need to know about the Oculus Quest 2. But be warned, once you slip it on, you may not want to take it off.
Price and Availability: The Oculus Quest 2 was released on October 13 of last year and costs $299 for the 64GB version. A 256GB model is also available for $399 and you can buy them on the Oculus store or at most places electronics are sold, including Amazon, Best Buy and Walmart.
Why We Chose It: Do we love watching movies and TV shows at home? Yeah, we can deal. But since we can’t sit in movie theaters or have watch parties with friends and family, it’s nice to have an alternative to consuming streaming entertainment while we’re waiting for our vaccine jab.
The Oculus Quest 2 is the newest, and easiest, headset available for all levels of virtual reality consumers.
And if you’ve never tried, or even considered virtual reality before, we’re here to tell you—it’s something special.
Both lightweight and battery-operated, the Ocuclus Quest 2 comes with an adjustable head strap and two controllers. It’s owned by Facebook, so if you don’t have an account, you’re going to have to make one. There’s no alternative to Zuckerberg here, unfortunately.
Once you’ve powered up the hardware and downloaded the Oculus app on Google Play or iOS, you simply place it on and follow the in-world instructions. This will include teaching you how to use the Touch controllers, as well as how to set a floor level and draw a boundary so you don’t trip over the furniture.
Not only is it thoroughly immersive and a little bit addicting, but it is also just so easy to get started and begin exploring. It may be cliché, but the Oculus Quest 2 really does appeal to people of all ages.
Who It’s For: Yo, the Oculus Quest 2 is for everyone. But specifically, it’s for anyone who is interested in trying virtual reality at home without all the high-tech bells and whistles. Putting it on allows you to explore 360-degree worlds and experiences with an upgraded response time, more accurate details and a smoother experience than the original Oculus Quest.
Why You Need It: The Oculus Quest 2 offers an immersive world of VR titles, and though many of the best experiences are games you can play alone or socially with other VR users, there are also many other types of encounters which will pull you in to this fascinating world.
Our favorite games right now are The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners ($40) the free Rec Room and the hysterical Drunkn Bar Fight ($17).
It’s cathartic. Trust us.
Another current obsession is the Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge ($25) experience, which lets you plunge into the Disney theme park’s VR version of its Star War’s lands. For anyone who had their Disney trip canceled due to COVID, this is a revelation.
For music lovers, there’s Beat Saber ($30) a full-body experience which lets you cut down beats represented by flying cubes with a virtual saber, all while avoiding obstacles. Would we call it dance? Maybe. But the best thing about virtual reality is that you’re not looking a mirror, so who really cares?
And did we mention you can also download and watch Netflix on your Oculus Quest 2? No, you won’t be hanging out with actors from your favorite shows or movies inside their virtual world, but you’ll be able to enjoy your larger-than-life, 360-degree streaming content while sitting in what looks like a high-end mountain cabin.
What Others Are Saying: There aren’t many negative comments to be found of the upgraded Oculus Quest 2, and the folks at Tom’s Guide appreciate the more intuitive design as well as the added performance and display resolution.
It will literally open up a new, magnificent world which promises to pull you in and keep you entertained. Realistically, it would take years to make your way through all of the content on the app store, but until we can get back into the world to experience all those wonderful things in real life, virtual reality seems like the perfect companion in these unchartered times.
Buy the Oculus Quest 2 on Amazon