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Oculus Quest 2 Review

If you are searching for the best of the best when it comes to VR, we think this product is hard to beat
Oculus Quest 2
Credit: Oculus
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Price:   $300 List | $299 at Amazon
Pros:  Versatile, easy to use, very immersive
Cons:  Could be a little more comfortable
Manufacturer:   Oculus
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Dec 14, 2020
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  • Interactiveness - 35% 8
  • Visual Immersiveness - 20% 9
  • Comfort - 20% 6
  • User Friendliness - 15% 9
  • Ease of Setup - 10% 9

Our Verdict

If you are searching for the best of the best when it comes to VR headsets, we think it is hard to go wrong with the Oculus Quest 2 for most people. This standalone headset provides a highly interactive and exceptionally immersive VR experience, all while being one of the more user-friendly and easy to set up models when it comes to this category of products.

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Pros Versatile, easy to use, very immersiveExceptional image quality, super comfortable, very user-friendlyHighly interactive, very immersive, easy to useVery immersive, highly interactiveExceptionally visually immersive, very user friendly, highly interactive
Cons Could be a little more comfortableTether can be finickyCould be more comfortable, can be hard to set upNot the most comfortable, could be easier to set upNot super comfortable, only works with PlayStation
Bottom Line All in all, this is one of our all-time favorite VR products and we highly recommend it to anyone who wants the best of the bestThis is one of our all-time favorite headsets and we think it’s one of the best overall VR products currently out thereImmersive, interactive, and very user-friendly, we are highly impressed with this top-notch headsetWhile the Index has some incredible features for the VR aficionados, it isn’t necessarily the best bet for everyoneOffering an exceptional gaming and VR media experience, the PlayStation VR is a fantastic choice, as long as you already own a PS4
Rating Categories Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Rift S HTC Vive Cosmos... Valve Index PlayStation VR
Interactiveness (35%)
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9
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7
Visual Immersiveness (20%)
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Comfort (20%)
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User Friendliness (15%)
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Ease Of Setup (10%)
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Specs Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Rift S HTC Vive Cosmos... Valve Index PlayStation VR
Phones that fit N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Adjustable Lenses Slight IPD Only side to side Only side to side Only side to side No, need to move the headset around
Sound Integrated Integrated Integrated Integrated Headphone Jack or TV
Available Controllers / Remotes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Field of View 92 110 110 130 100
Refresh Rate 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz 80Hz 90Hz 120Hz (Up to 144Hz in Experimental Mode] 120Hz, 90Hz
Room For Glasses? Glasses get pressed against the face Presses, even with glasses spacer Glasses get pressed against the face Glasses get pressed against the face - Fits fine with glasses, but lets in a lot more light

Our Analysis and Test Results

One unique feature that sets this headset apart from the rest is the ability to tether it to a gaming PC using the included cable to play PC-based VR games. This makes the Quest 2 considerably more versatile than many other options, allowing you to switch between standalone and tethered mode fairly easily and offers a wider variety of VR experiences.

Performance Comparison


We looked at the interactiveness and visual immersiveness of each...
We looked at the interactiveness and visual immersiveness of each headset when determining scores.
Credit: Laura Casner

Interactiveness


Our first round of tests rated and ranked how interactive the Quest 2 is compared to the other headsets. For this metric, we looked at the different controllers and other ways this headset offers to interact with your virtual world, what limitations there are to the room that you run the system in, and how accurate we found the motion and position tracking to be. The Oculus Quest 2 did quite well, earning one of the better scores of the group.


The bulk of the interface for this headset is through the pair of handheld controllers, with only volume and power buttons on the headset itself.

The Quest 2 uses a pair of handheld controllers that are similar to the ones on the other models of Oculus headsets. We think these are very ergonomic and comfortable to hold. We found the motion tracking to be very accurate, even when moving quickly. The cameras on the headset never really lost the position or misread a movement, even when the view was partially obstructed.

We are big fans of these controllers.
We are big fans of these controllers.
Credit: Laura Casner

We also found the general motion tracking of the headset to be excellent. We think the cameras are top-notch and found that it almost always followed our gaze perfectly. The recommended room is around 6.5'x6.5' but can go up to 25'x25' with its 4 wide-angle cameras.

This headset doesn't rely on external sensors for motion tracking.
This headset doesn't rely on external sensors for motion tracking.
Credit: Laura Casner

Visual Immersiveness


Next, we moved on to ranking and scoring how visually immersive of an environment each headset provided, based on the image resolution and viewing quality, as well as the amount of ambient light blocked out and the field of view. The Quest 2 again did very well, earning one of the higher scores of the group.


The Quest 2 blocks out most of the ambient light, with only a minuscule amount coming in around the bridge of your nose in our experience. This headset's display has a resolution of 1832x1920 pixels per eye. It also has one of the larger fields of views — around 92° in the horizontal and 89° in the vertical — though this can vary slightly depending on your interpupillary distance.

The fit on this headset is definitely on the tighter side.
The fit on this headset is definitely on the tighter side.
Credit: Laura Casner

Our judges found the image quality to be excellent on the whole. It's easy to read text and the imagery produced is very striking, leading to an exceptionally immersive experience, both in standalone and tethered mode.

The fit on this product is a little snug.
The fit on this product is a little snug.
Credit: Laura Casner

Comfort


Next, we rated and scored how comfortable it is to wear each headset. To do this, we had a variety of different judges try out each headset and give their opinion on how it felt, particularly if they thought they would be able to wear it for extended periods of time. We also noted if there is enough airflow to keep your face from getting too sweaty and if you can comfortably wear glasses while wearing the headset. The Quest 2's performance dropped a bit in this metric compared to its previous top-tier results but it still merited an above-average score.


Our judges overall found the Quest 2 to be decently comfortable, though we did find it to be a bit of a delicate dance to get it adjusted tightly enough to keep it in place for quick movements without becoming unduly uncomfortable. Generally, we ended up leaving it a bit looser for the sake of comfort, sacrificing some stability when moving abruptly.

Overall, we think the Quest 2 has excellent image quality.
Overall, we think the Quest 2 has excellent image quality.
Credit: Laura Casner

This headset does include a glasses spacer but we found it to be fairly tight, even with the spacer. We think this could work if you have smaller glasses with narrow or wireframes but larger glasses might be out of the picture. We also didn't find that our testers' faces would get overly sweaty during use but they definitely would notice their faces becoming warm after extended VR gaming sessions.

This headset can be operated in standalone or tethered mode.
This headset can be operated in standalone or tethered mode.
Credit: Laura Casner

User Friendliness


For our next round of evaluations, we rated and scored how much of a hassle it is to set up the Quest 2 whenever you want to use it — once the initial setup and installation process has been completed. We looked at the time and effort it took to get the headset ready and get the audio hooked up. We also deducted points if we found it common to accidentally hit buttons on the headset when adjusting it or in normal use. The Quest 2's score rebounded greatly when it came to this set of tests, earning it one of the top scores of the entire set of headsets.


Overall, you really just need to put on the headset, power it up and you are all set. It's very fast and easy to set up — a trait that we particularly value when it comes to VR headsets. You just need to adjust the interpupillary distance (IPD) if someone else was using the headset or if the image is out of focus and that's about it.

This headset has integrated speakers through the headband, so there is no need for a separate audio hookup. The headset has volume and power buttons right on the headset that are easy to access and aren't in the way at all whenever you put the headset on or take it off or adjust its fit.

The hand controllers also pair to the headset quickly and easily, rarely giving us any connectivity problems.

Overall, we think the Quest 2 is one of the more user-friendly...
Overall, we think the Quest 2 is one of the more user-friendly options out there.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ease of Setup


Our final series of tests focused on how much effort it took to go from unboxing the Oculus Quest 2 to playing a VR experience for the first time. We based scores on the difficulty of the hardware setup, software setup, and what other items are necessary to run this headset that aren't included in the box. As expected at this point the Quest 2 finished out with an exemplary score, meriting one of the best scores that we have seen.


In terms of hardware setup, the Quest 2 is essentially ready to go right out of the box — just remove the protective films and you are all set. We also like that the software setup process is very easy as well. You just need to download the Oculus app and log in through Facebook and you can start.

You will need a smartphone at a minimum to get this headset set up and a VR-compatible computer if you plan to use it in tethered mode.

Value


While this might not be the best budget option for those hoping to spend as little as possible, we think it is actually a solid value option if you are searching for a top-tier VR headset. It is very versatile and costs quite a bit less than many of the other premium headsets, giving you more bang for the buck.

Conclusion


Overall, we think it's hard to beat the Oculus Quest 2. It's one of our all-time favorite VR headsets, offering an excellent blend of interactivity and visual immersiveness. The Quest 2 is easy to use and convenient to operate, with its ability to act as both a standalone and tethered headset makes it very versatile.

David Wise and Austin Palmer