Everything about this headset is amazing. The technology for the price is absolutely incredible. I may as well throw my oculus Go in the bin now. This is superior in every way. I was trying to decide whether to get a Rift S or the Quest, and I’m so glad I went with the quest. The ease of use is so handy. I’m going to use it so much more than any of my other headsets because you just put it on your head and it’s ready to play, unlike having to set up the sensors and computers and whatever else. One of my favourite features is the guardian system, which allows you to view the room you’re playing in through the cameras, and trace out a playing space. You can walk around inside games knowing you won’t crash into anything. (If you get close to a wall or furniture, the camera starts to activate and a grid shows up like you’re entering a different dimension. You can even use this system to use the toilet, pet your cat, or get a snack from the fridge. The controllers are really intricate, you can pretty much move each finger individually, and it’s going to allow for some great gaming experiences. I’ve been messing around with VRchat and RECroom and they’re a great way to talk to other people. You can do whatever you want in the oculus quest. You can chat to strangers, go fishing, have a dance competition, excerise or practise tai chi, learn to box, practise different languages, draw or sculp a 3D world right in front of your eyes, travel the world using 360 images from google maps, or fly a plane. Anything you’ve wanted to do in real life, but never had the confidence for.. well now is the chance. And heck, maybe it’ll help you actually achieve those things in real life because you’ll have your nerves calmed when you’re so used to it in VR. I only wish the guardian system would alert you when someone walks into your space. I stood on my cat, but that’s the only negative I can possibly think of. It’s amazing. Life changing even.
I love how easy is to just put this thing onto your head and start playing, no matter where you are. Yes the graphics is not as cool as with Vive or Oculus S; yes the headset sometime looses controller tracking, but the easy of use and the overall value overweights the rest for me.
For many years VR has been described as "the technology of the future and always will be"!
Every time i had tried demos of VR kit, the heavy headset and the necessity of being tied to a PC with long trailing cables meant that I felt like I was one of the original deep sea divers with the solid diving helmet, tethered to a boat on the surface. Just like those original divers, you could catch a glimpse of an amazing new world, but the lack of freedom and the bulky equipment meant that it was unappealing except to the most dedicated and committed. So when Oculus released the Quest - I was intrigued. Could they have finally created something that fulfilled the elusive original promise of VR?
Early reviews were good - so I took the plunge and ordered one. Within minutes, it was clear that the Quest is something special. Getting going is trivially easy and the biggest challenge was clearing a 2M square space to play in. A smartphone is needed to get the Quest online and setting up the headset for your personal head is mostly just adjusting straps and changing the intra-ocular distance slider. Then you are into the tutorial and transported to another world.
The freedom and sense of place is amazing. You can turn around and around and admire your surroundings. This is how Jacques Cousteau must have felt when he developed the first scuba diving equipment in the 1930s. No longer do you need to worry about snagged cables and the constant awareness of being tied to the "mothership" or PC. Freedom is limited only to the size of your playing space. The headgear is (in my opinion and compared to earlier generation headsets) lightweight, and comfortable although it isn't something you want to wear for hours on end.
Of course it's easy to pick fault with the device. Battery life only gives you a couple of hours before needing recharging and the graphics are not going to compare with those of a tethered device. The first generation of games and applications are fairly limited in their scope and it may be a while before developers really start to “push the envelope” of what the device can do.
However, the way I see the Quest is how one might see the first iPhone or the first home games console. It's a starting point for a technology which will continue to develop and improve - every two to three years we'll see a new generation of device - which will be lighter and more powerful with better battery, more applications and more interactivity.
Because of course, being in VR is very much a solo experience. While multiplayer games are available, and in time we may get used to the sight of someone wearing a headset and flailing their body around in response to something only they can see, but for now, this is very much a solitary pursuit.
Nonetheless, Oculus Quest is a game changer. And it is just the beginning.
Pros: It's hard to explain how much better it is to have no cords or sensors to worry about. Even something simple like sitting on the couch to watch Netflix, wasn't possible before when I was tethered to a PC. The easy of use makes me use it a lot more often. I just pick it up and used it anytime! No need to worry if sensors are in place and connected, if the computer is on and updated, if other softwares are running in the background, drivers, etc... Lens are sharp and clear and better than the Vive and original Rift, resolution is great, tracking is solid. Overall experience is very good.
Cons: Games catalogue is nice and should grow a lot with time, but there will always be games that are only for PC based headsets... Battery doesn't last too long (2-3 hours) but it charges fast and you can still play while charging as it comes with a pretty long cord. Tracking is great overall, but it comes from the headset only, so if you hide your controllers behind your head or back, or too close to your face/headset, they will loose tracking. I don't think this is a big issue tho, as most of the times your hands don't need to be behind you.
Overall I'm very impressed and very happy with my purchase. I recommend this to anyone, newcomer or already experienced with VR. I'm sure you'll love it!
I had the original HTC vive 3 years ago. Thought it was amazing, although had to set up wall mounted light houses, clear a play space dedicated for it always, build a whole gaming PC.
The Quest is just as good as the Vive IMO, without the need for light houses, without the need for a gaming PC and at 1/3 the price! I can't believe how far this tech has came in only 3 years.
Sure if you want to say PC graphics would push the VIVE in front visually, but honestly I cannot see a difference when playing the same games across both systems. It's incredible what Oculus have done here.
A self contained, portable VR machine without compromises. Love it.
I own a Rift CV1 and i havent regretted my Quest purchase one bit. Slick device. Super easy to setup and jump straight into VR on a daily basis. The frictionless aspect makes it more likely for me to jump into a quick gaming session. Quality build, and they are pushing great graphics from this mobile chip. Store and library is easy to use. Overall a very high quality VR experience. Im recommending this device to most of my friends. Recommended.
The features packed into this tiny unit are nothing short of spectacular.
It's a brand new type of system so the Quest is virtually a prototype with all the glitches that come with a new system. This includes things like battery life (short), comfort (not good), and limited software. Having said that, I have the pros far outweigh the cons and I have no regrets.
I've been a VR enthusiast for years, but this truly feels like the biggest step forward I've seen since the original DK1 days. The freedom by being untethered opens up a huge world of opportunities for gameplay and experiences.
It definitely has some issues (tracking, performance, lack of features), but they all seem like issues which can be patched out in the future.
Excellent VR experience without being tethered to a computer or console. But because of that the visuals do suffer slightly but not enough for general play. Hopefully new games that are found in the Oculus library will find their way to the Quest.