Oculus Quest 2GET IT
The Quest 2 is an impressive VR console that goes beyond gaming, although the games are fantastic. We’ve been using this latest Meta-owned Oculus for about three weeks and the experience has been engaging and fun as we found ourselves turning to the VR set a few times a week. But one thing you have to make peace with to use the Quest: It requires you to log in with a Facebook account. If you’re uncomfortable with that kind of data mining, then the Quest 2 is probably not for you.
It’s also worth noting that while some of the games might be fun and age-appropriate for kids, there is no kid-safe profile or setting. In fact, the Quest is rated for users 13 and older. But say you’re okay with Facebook and children won’t be an issue, well then the Quest 2 has a lot going for it. Physically, the headset is a bit lighter (and less expensive) than the first Quest and the controls feel good in hand. The Quest ships with a cushy silicone facepiece that makes it comfortable to wear for hours at a time.
Once you strap the headset on, you draw a boundary on the floor. Should you wander past it, the VR set alerts you with an outward-facing camera, which makes it easier to trust where you’re walking when you can’t see. The games and apps are varied and engaging. You can do everything from play a casual game, work up a sweat, or flat-out work. “I Expect You To Die” is a fun escape room-style game. Beat Saber, where you slash cubes to the beat of music using two lightsabers controlled by your hands, can be a workout. But you can also pair a keyboard to the Quest 2 and type on VR keys with ghostly hands.
Unlike other VR sets, the Quest 2 makes gameplay a bit better to use with friends and family since you can cast to a device or TV so people watching can see what you see. This Quest has a processor designed for VR inside, higher resolution, and a faster refresh rate than the earlier model. The software means easier connectivity with peripherals, like a fitness tracker, and allows smartphone notifications to ring through.—Sal Vaglica, Men’s Journal contributor
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