Let’s start by clearing up any misunderstandings: since the Oculus Quest 2 and the Meta Quest 2 are the same device, this review also applies to it. Because Facebook has changed its name to Meta, so has the Oculus brand.
It’s fair to say that consumer virtual reality has come a long way in a short time, but that its full potential is still far from being realized. Incorporating everything into one sensible, comprehensive product that is ideal for anyone eager to try VR for the first time, Meta Quest 2 is arguably VR’s greatest success to date. It’s not a perfect experience, but for the average gamer, it’s difficult to find a better VR headset.
Meta Quest 2: Design
The Meta Quest 2 has the appearance and feel of an Apple product, which is possibly the highest compliment I can offer. From the moment you open the package, the headset’s matte white finish stands out from the other dark grey or black products on the market. Everything is compact, from the arrangement of the few wires and controls to the style of the headset itself, which is 10% smaller than the original Quest and feels lighter as a result.
Everything is exactly where it should be on the headset itself, as expected. The USB-C power socket is on the left, the volume controls are at the bottom, and the power switch is on the right side of the goggles. Even though performance is unaffected, the front-facing sensors are also much smaller than on the prior Quest, making it more aesthetically pleasing.
When it comes to the controllers, you’ll likely pick them up in the wrong hands at first because the bottom trigger initially appears to belong on the inside of your palm, but it gradually snaps into place and they fit comfortably in your hands. They weigh about 126g each, which isn’t a lot, but they don’t feel flimsy or poorly made.
Meta Quest 2: Performance
Most VR games can be played on the Oculus Quest 2 without a link connection, though some may require one (purchased separately). Beat Saber, Superhot VR, Vader Immortal, and all the other classic games you’ve been dying to play can all be played without a connection, but you’ll need to buy the extras to play Half-Life: Alyx or Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
Perhaps the Quest 2’s biggest flaw is how short the battery life is. It means you won’t be able to pass the headset around a group of friends for very long before it needs to be charged, even though it’s unlikely that you’ll want to play for longer given the importance of taking frequent breaks from VR.
The Quest 2 is most notable for how easy it is to set up and begin playing. After selecting your “guardian,” which is essentially your playing area whether you’re sitting or standing, you’re given a brief introduction to the controls’ subtleties. As an illustration, pinching your thumb and fingers to select a menu item
For instance, if you wear a PSVR headset for extended periods of time, it may become uncomfortable on your neck and the cords may obstruct your vision. Nothing like this happens in Meta Quest 2. This is the best complete package available for anyone looking for a standalone VR experience, even though a higher-end VR headset might have a slightly better screen or more power elsewhere.
Unfortunately, despite being comfortable to wear, the headset does not adequately fit your face, especially at the bottom. As a result, you can see the floor because there is always some space between the headset and your nose. When using the headset for the first few minutes, it might feel a little disorienting at first.
Unfortunately, a Facebook account is required, but if you don’t frequently use Facebook, this account might be a one-time creation you made just for this purpose rather than an active one.
Meta Quest 2: Value
One of the Meta Quest 2’s standout features is the value for the money. The cost of a headset, two controllers, and a few games is £299 ($299); however, the price is so low that you won’t need any other equipment.
The Meta Quest 2 is more reasonably priced than a PSVR starting kit (£300), which requires a PS4 or PS5 console, an HTC Vive (£1,000+ with controllers), or a Valve Index (£900+ with controllers and base station, plus a gaming PC). You’ll need a computer that can run the program, even if you have the Oculus Rift, which has since been replaced by the Quest. The Meta Quest 2 makes breaking through the VR gaming barrier easier than ever.
Is purchasing a Meta Quest 2 worthwhile? If you’re looking for a VR headset, there isn’t a better choice. While there are some drawbacks, such as the short battery life and requirement for a Facebook account in order to use the device, once you start playing games, this is currently the pinnacle of VR technology. Whether you’re new to virtual reality or this is the most recent piece of headgear you own, The Meta Quest 2 is sure to impress.