Oculus Quest Headset - A game changer by Facebook

On Apr 30, 2019 we got a new opponent in the VR gaming ring called the Quest by Oculus.

The new heir to the Virtual Reality throne with some new super cool innovations.

If you want to buy a VR headset this should be one of your choices and if you want to know why you should read this article, in this article I will be talking about everything you need to know about Oculus Quest.

Oculus Quest Specification :

Display - the Quest will have better resolution than the Oculus Rift, it will have 1440 x 1600 OLED ( Organic Light-Emitting Diode) for every eye.

The Oculus Quest will be running in 72Hz refresh rate which will allow smooth visuals that can eliminate motion sickness.

Sound - the Oculus Quest has built-in speakers so you don't need to worry about having headphones, but the speaker quality isn't great so if you want to have a better quality sound you'll need headphones.

Memory - the Oculus Quest has 4GB of RAM memory and 64GB/128GB (depends on what version).

CPU - Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip

So why is the Oculus Quest different from any other Virtual Reality headsets ?

The Oculus Quest is a stand-alone Virtual Reality headset which means that you don't need to have a high-end PC to support it , therefore you will save allot of money on buying a new computer.

In addition it will solve the problem of having a lot of cables from your head to the PC , that mean that you can move freely without worrying that one of the cables will disconnect.

All though there is one problem with having a stand alone Virtual Reality headset , having some performance issues...

The headset can't handle demanding games like Skyrim VR or Doom VR but on the other hand, there is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip that still gives you an amazing support to play less demanding games like Beat Saber, Superhot VR, and Robo Recall.

Oculus Quest design :

The Quest is stand alone Virtual Reality headset it has no cables or any external connections.

The headset weighs in at only 571 grams so don't be worried about neck ache.

The Quest still looks almost the same as the Oculus Rift, to wear the headset you just need to strap it to your head. A lot of the times its not really comfortable, not like the HTC Vive that has an adjustment wheel to spread the weight evenly on your head.

the HTC Vive wheel is far more elegant than the straps on the Quest,

its a shame that Oculus didn't change it yet.

In the corners of the Quest there are cameras that act as sensors for insight tracking that the system has to monitor your movement, those sensors will fix the problem of having external sensors.

when putting on the Quest for the first time you will be welcomed by a nice comfortable feeling of the foam that surrounds the edges of the lenses, for all you claustrophobic out there , the headset really doesn't feel claustrophobic (and I am a claustrophobic), and the Quest even has glasses spacer for all of you who have glass.

Oculus Quest Controllers :

the Quest controllers are really similar to the Oculus Rift touch controllers, the tracking is really awesome - every swipe that I did and every slash was registered in the system

the controllers have a variety of buttons that can be reached easily for every hand .

All the buttons and the grips was placed after a lot of engineering so you can have the very best experience while playing.

There is one problem with the Quest controllers - they need AA batteries to work... I don't get why Oculus couldn't make them rechargeable.

the clip of the batteries is simple to take off but it might be too loose when you play Beat Saber it can fall off ( happened to me...).

Oculus Quest setup:

One amazing thing I really liked about the Quest is how easy it is to set it up for action not like almost every other VR headset that trying to set it up it takes hours and its a total nightmare,

all you need to do is to get the Oculus app on your phone and then you have a few simple stages in the app like language, Wi-Fi password, another cool feature is that to map out your playing area you will need to draw with touch controllers, you will need at least 2 by 2 meters of free space to play in a room scale experience which isn't really demanding, when you'll log off the play space will be saved for the next time you will want to play so the setup next time will faster and you will be able to get into your games faster.

like almost every other VR headset the Quest has a "guardian" feature that makes your screen flash if you are close to getting out of the boundaries of the recorded play space.

The most interesting question: which games can you play on the Oculus Quest?

everything has pros and cons so remember that convenience comes with a compromise... remember that the Quest is a stand-alone VR headset so it can't play super intensive titles because of the limited hardware, I'm not sure what games the system won't be able to run but Oculus staff are working on a list.

on the other hand, you can't say that the Quest won't have games, it is totally not accurate due to a list of 50 titles that will be launched for the Quest including some of the best VR games that had come out until now like SuperhotVR, Beat Saber, Robo Recall, Thumper, Moss, Fruit Ninja and many more.

when you buy the Oculus Quest you get 5 free demos - Beat Saber, Creed, journey of the Gods, Space Pirate Trainer and Sports scramble.

but what about other apps?

well, on the Quest you could access different social media like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch and even BBC.


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