Looking for an ideal gift for the gamer in your life? Wanting to try out VR but don’t have the skillset, or wherewithal to construct your own tower? The team here at Readwrite was gifted the new Oculus Quest from Facebook and we’re excited to share the outcomes with you.
At a glance
Oculus is revolutionizing on-the-go virtual reality gaming. No longer are you necessary to hook up to a PC, or have those pesky wires tethering you like a ball on a string. As a stand-alone unit, this VR headset packs a punch, allowing you to pick-up and play from just about anyplace. With its internal tracking system, Oculus Quest has additionally removed the necessity for external base stations.
Right out from the box, it’s pretty an easy task to get started. You turn on the system, which is already well charged, sign in to an account (you can use Facebook for quick setup), down load the app on your phone, click to update, and you’re prepared to game in about 6 minutes. The standard Quest model has 64gb of memory so you’ve got plenty of drive space. Though I personally would recommend upgrading to the 128gb, if you’ve got the cash.
Now, I’ve logged many hours in VR, and I have to say, I’m impressed with Oculus Quest. We may not be seeing some of the beefier games like Fallout quite yet, but having tested out SUPERHOT VR and Beat Saber in multiple VR headsets, I didn’t notice any major huge difference in graphic quality or lag. Which is saying something, because Oculus Quest is just a stand-alone unit without the good thing about a high power PC behind it.
Quest boots up quickly, getting you back into the action. On startup, a highlighted grid lets you designate your playable area. This grid appears once you are nearing the end of one’s space, turning red to point you should stop moving. But if you go completely beyond your grid (not recommended), reality comes back in to focus, and hopefully keeps you from running in to anything. An unforeseen surprise: I was delighted to get that the Quest remembered my playable area involving the office, home, and home – and booted as much as ask easily wanted to make use of the same area as I had previously at each different location.
Many have complained that the starting price of $399, with the optional upgrade in hard drive changing into $499, nevertheless when you consider that you’re purchasing the entire system for that price, also it being the only real headset that’s your one stop go shopping for a VR gaming experience, that puts pricing pretty on par with other VR gaming options.
I was just a little disappointed that the controllers required batteries, instead of just plugging in to charge. But that hasn’t stopped me! (The box comes packaged with the AA batteries you’ll need, plus 8-ish hours in and I haven’t needed to swap batteries yet. The Quest features dual controllers, instead of Oculus Go’s single controller. Side note: I was also happy at Oculus’s return to the sleek black look after Oculus Go’s gray. Also worth noting that the Quest’s games are stored entirely on the device. Giving you the freedom of gaming from just about anywhere, without requiring constant connection to WiFi.
Perhaps my favorite thing about Oculus Quest was its portability. Until now, VR gaming has been limited to the room I keep my desktop, nestled behind my family area TV. Having the setup in the living room meant I had to move furniture any time I needed to play VR. With Oculus Quest I didn’t have to move all the furniture. I just had to set a brand new boundary, and enter my virtual world.
Stand-alone VR headset – doesn’t require additional hardware or adapters.
No PC needed – that features setup, gameplay and downloading additional games.
Portability – play just about anywhere.
Remembers your playable area – anywhere you go.
Less powerful than wired options.
Controllers require batteries.
If you’re thinking about purchasing VR for the first time without needing to buy separate hardware, or simply looking for the perfect gift for the geek that you experienced, the Oculus Quest is a great option. This was an unbelievable advancement in VR technology. Especially given its small size/weight, with no need for a PC or external movement sensors. All in all, I’m extremely excited for the future of VR, and Oculus Quest is the alternative in that amazing journey. Thank you facebook technologies yet again for gifting us Oculus Quest. #OculusPartner