The Meta Quest 2 (formally Oculus Quest) is the most affordable standalone VR headset on the market. It’s also our first pick when recommending a VR headset to beginners and newcomers. In this article, we’ll answer what exactly makes this headset worth it, and what could it do better?
Table of Contents
- First, Let’s Talk Specs.
- Top 5 Reasons that make the Quest 2 worth it?
- What could Quest 2 do better?
- So… is the Quest 2 still worth buying in 2022?
First, Let’s Talk Specs.
Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2 Platform
Let’s talk specs. The Quest 2 was never messing around. It’s rocking some great hardware that still holds up years after its release. With a snappy XR2 Snapdragon running the show, experiences on the Quest 2 are comparable to PCVR.
Display Panel: Fast-switch LCD – 1832×1920 Resolution per eye
With 2k resolution per eye, the screen door effect is pretty much gone, and boy does it ever make a noticeable difference. You can still see it if you really try, but barely. Images are crisp and clear and in our opinion puts even the Valve Index’s 1440 x 1600 resolution to shame.
Though the LCD display’s black levels can sometimes leave much to be desired. We understand that in order to pack this headset into the ~300 USD price range, Meta had to make some compromises. For those of you that are jumping into VR with the Quest 2 as your first headset. You won’t know the difference.
Audio: Integrated positional audio. Built-in microphone.
The audio on the headset works great. We’re even impressed by the built-in speakers. These are great if you want to play a few games but still want to be able to hear the real world. Positional audio works very well. There’s a headphone jack on the headset as well for when you really want to get lost in the virtual world. The built-in microphone works great too and is all most people will ever need.
Battery Life: ~2-3 hours
The Quest 2’s internal 3640mAh rechargeable lithium battery does a great job and can hold its own for 2-3 hours. If you think you’ll need more, you can upgrade to the Elite Battery Strap or one of the many mods/accessories available. — We recommend you upgrade, even if just for better comfort. We touch on this later.
Storage: 128GB, 256GB
The Quest 2 comes with two storage options. 128GB is plenty for light usage or folks that don’t mind uninstalling a game every once in a while. If you plan on watching lots of movies or you’re a bit of a software hoarder, you should probably consider the 256GB version.
Top 5 Reasons that make the Quest 2 worth it?
Why should you choose the Quest 2 over other headsets on the market? There are a few reasons.
We can’t stress this one enough. The Quest 2 is a wireless standalone headset. You don’t need a fancy gaming PC to use it. This will be reason enough for most people. There are hundreds of games and experiences that you can jump into without needing anything else except the headset. It’s very freeing to experience VR without wires. In fact, we have a hard time going back to other headsets because of how liberating it is. Being able to spin around without tripping over a cable is the best.
2) PCVR Compatibility
You get the best of both worlds with the Quest 2. No other consumer headset gives you this feature. If you do have a powerful gaming rig, you’re able to take full advantage of that with Oculus Link and Air Link. These features allow you to connect your Quest 2 to your PC so you can play the latest and greatest AAA VR games. The Quest 2 is also compatible with Steam, which opens up a whole new library. This feature alone makes the Quest 2 worth it.
3) Inside-Out Tracking
Unlike other headsets, like the Valve index, the Quest 2’s tracking is all done through the headset itself. No need to set up external sensors. The Quest 2 has 4 cameras on the headset that do all the work. The controllers track incredibly well, and we’re often amazed at just how good the tracking is.
Look, say what you want about Meta. We have our reservations as well. However, there simply isn’t anyone else in the game right now that’s come close to pushing VR content like them. The Quest library is growing every day and great content just keeps coming. The Quest 2 puts VR in the hands of consumers and naturally, developers will make games for their largest audience.
300 USD gets you into VR. That’s an easy pill to swallow compared to the other headsets out there that can cost upwards of $1000.
What could Quest 2 do better?
Is it a great headset? Yes. Is it perfect? No. Here are some things we think Quest 2 could improve on.
The whole Facebook thing.
Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Right now, Quest 2 requires a Facebook account. This is undoubtedly a turn-off for many people. We agree. You shouldn’t need a social media account in order to play your games. Meta promised that they would be getting rid of this requirement, though that has yet to be seen. We’re assuming that you’re going to need a “Meta Account” of some sort, but that should in no way be linked to a social media account unless you want it to be. There are people that refuse to use a Quest 2 because of this and their concerns with data collection, which is a real shame for Meta.
Although the LCD display is more than satisfactory, we still miss the deep blacks from an OLED. It added a layer of depth that an LCD just can’t capture. We’re very much hoping that Meta makes a pivot back to OLED, especially after seeing the PSVR2 show off an OLED HDR display.
We sincerely hope that Meta considers increasing the Field of View in the next iteration of the Quest. 90 Degrees isn’t bad, but an increased FOV would definitely get rid of the tunnel vision and binocular effect.
We found the stock head strap to be unbearable. We understand that Meta had to keep costs down, but this will need to be improved in future generations. We recommend just factoring in the cost of the Elite strap into your purchase. It comes with a nifty carrying case as well. You’ll need it for extended play sessions. There’s no shortage of third-party solutions either. We recommend the Aubika Strap with Battery if you go the third-party route.
So… is the Quest 2 still worth buying in 2022?
Yes, without a doubt the Quest 2 is a VR headset worth buying. Especially if you’re looking for your first headset. It’s loads of fun, and a great all-around experience.
Thanks for reading!