Oculus Quest Headset Review

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If you’re in the market searching for the best VR gaming options, then you’re ready for the Oculus Quest VR headset. This is because the Quest is an all-in-one piece of hardware; everything you need, including the controllers, is bundled together. And this standalone VR headset doesn’t need a computer. Simply strap it to your head and walk around your house to enjoy.

Why We Like It – Oculus Quest Headset

The Oculus Quest Headset builds a bridge for newcomers to VR gaming by providing a powerful, yet portable and wire-free VR experience that doesn’t need a PC to enjoy.

Pros
  • Doesn’t need PC to function
  • Bundled with Oculus Touch Controllers
  • Supports a variety of play spaces
Cons
  • Uncomfortable after long sessions

Performance

What’s immediately noticeable is how responsive the Oculus Quest is. This is surprising considering the Quest relies solely on the hardware inside the headset, no wires and cables, a completely mobile VR experience. It accomplishes this by using six degrees of freedom, what Oculus calls “6DOF” tracking, a step up from the Oculus Go’s “orientation only” tracking system. By combining the Oculus Touch controllers (using AA batteries) and the sensors on the headset, movement can be translated to make you feel like you’re in a real world simulation. And since the Oculus Touch controllers are bundled with the headset, using a Rii RK100+ is out of the question, but a comfy chair like the Vertagear S-Line SL4000 would do just fine.

Design

The Oculus Quest doesn’t differ much from the aesthetic of VR headsets. It feels like an expensive headset (because it is), and you can tell all the hardware is housed in the headset. However, the weight might wear you down after an hour or two. You wouldn’t want to be stuck in virtual reality for more than that, anyways.

Otherwise, wearing the Quest isn’t a hassle. Foam lines the outer edges of the goggles, providing comfort to your face. There is an ever so small amount of light leakage around your nose, but won’t notice it after a minute of playing. Considering the bulk of the headset, you wouldn’t want to wear a pair of ASTRO Gaming A50.

Value

If you consider this Oculus Quest headset review, the headset has excellent performance and a surprisingly good tracking system. The value on the Quest is phenomenal. This is especially true when you consider the Quest has access to some of the most popular VR games available, games like Beat Saber. Many Oculus Rift games even cross paths. Further compounding its value, you don’t need a PC powered by dark matter to enjoy; it’s an all-in-one VR headset that relies solely on the hardware built into the headset.

There’s no doubt about it: the Oculus Quest headset can compete with PC VR headsets directly, even the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive.

Oculus Quest Headset Wrap Up

This Oculus Quest review ultimately shows it to be the best option for anyone ready for VR. Many of the best VR games make their bed on the Oculus Store. It’s hard to deny the Quest given how easy it is to grab the bundled Oculus Touch controllers, create a play space, and jump right in, even if it gets uncomfortable to wear after an hour or two.

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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