Is this the headset everyone was waiting for?
When Oculus Rift came out in 2016, it marked a turning point in the video game industry, offering a new entertainment environment that opened the door to exciting virtual worlds with which you could physically interact. But there were limitations, and, as we know, it was not such a major success, as supporters of virtual reality (VR) had hoped. To break into the mass consumer’s home, Oculus released Oculus Go last year, and in 2019 it was Oculus Quest’s turn, updating the autonomous experience even more with a device that does almost everything correctly.
Oculus Quest – First Impressions
Taking the Oculus Quest straight out of the box, we can conclude that it has the look and feel of a proper high-quality kit and fully pays for its cost of $ 399 / £ 399. The case has a good mix of fabric and plastic, so the headset does not look like one big unpleasant piece of black plastic. The same goes for the rest of the kit. From the box to the controllers and settings – everything is just as smooth and smooth.
Oculus Quest – The Virtual Reality Helmet
Oculus wants Quest to have a much wider appeal than anything he has created earlier, helping to drop the barriers that have been holding back the industry. It can be said that tying a computer to a face is a major obstacle, but we will ignore this, since a demonstration of decent experience can help overcome the initial obstacles.
The two main features of the headset are, of course, its trump cards, the all-in-one system and built-in tracking. Immediately easy to say that Oculus Quest is easy to use. With a PC, you can not wrap up and there are no sensors to organize around him playing space. All that is required is to create a free corner to enjoy 2m x 2m VR games, which is normal for area tracking. There is also a stationary option for when you just want to sit or stand in one place.
Oculus Quest cannot be configured without the accompanying application, but be sure that it will happen painlessly – especially if you already have an Oculus device. After connecting via WiFi, you need to configure the Guardian system to avoid hitting the walls, which has been improved compared to the previous iteration on the Oculus Rift. Instead of actually walking around the playing field, the Oculus Quest cameras provide a continuous black and white image, so you can use the pointer to mark the area with Oculus Touch controllers.
These lenses also provide very important built-in tracking called Oculus Insight. It was one of the most important functions, and it’s safe to say that the Oculus did a very good job. Although you should be careful that fat fingers do not touch the lenses and do not interfere with their work, which is easy to do when turning the headset on and off, they manage to track a very wide area and at a decent speed. And this is a full tracking of 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF), which makes Oculus Go 3DoF obsolete.
If you have ever used the Oculus Rift, you will find the Oculus Quest a bit cumbersome because it contains all the computational component and battery. This eliminates the fact that all belts are correctly and conveniently located on your head. But the extra weight of 571g is always not uncomfortable, even if it concerns longer gaming sessions. In any case, there is also a small question that it runs on battery. The actual battery duration is a bit inaccurate because it depends on the operation being performed, but for gaming sessions it lasted just over two hours with Oculus, requiring 3 hours for general media content, movies, etc. The USB-C charging lead is rather long, but what’s the point of using a wireless headset with a cable. Do not worry, since the full charge does not take too long, from 5% it took 1 hour and 45 minutes to get to 100%.
Now it’s time for good things, visual effects. The VR experience is as good as the screen and lenses. Thanks to the OLED panel with a resolution of 1440 × 1600 per eye (Oculus Rift had a resolution of 1080 × 1200 per eye for comparison), the effect of screendoor is significantly reduced (not eliminated). The clarity of the lens is excellent for the headset in this price range, and the manual adjustment of the IPD allows you to fine-tune the visual effects.
From the improved Oculus Go menu system to the video games themselves, the colors are crisp and bright. Even when running at 72Hz on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, there are no horrendous latency issues that would make VR players feel nauseated anyway.
Visual effects are only one part of the whole VR experience, sound plays a vital role in creating an emotional response. Oculus used the same sound tube technology found in Oculus Go in Quest, directing the sound down the headband handles. This works fine, even if you manage to provide a positional sound so that you can hear where you are shooting from or where your teammates are. A careful solution has the disadvantage that any external noise can enter the ear, which can distract and disturb the immersion. A decent set of headphones always comes with a 3.5 mm jack on either side of the device, if you don’t mind the cable.
Oculus Quest – Controllers
Oculus Quest may be good, but it’s nothing without a decent input device, and recycled controllers help convince us that this is the perfect solution. Easier than the previous model, the most obvious difference is the bar, which is now located at the top, and not under the controller, so that it can be tracked.
They feel just as easy to use as before, there is a wrist strap, the presence of which is always necessary for the more insane video games. The layout of the button and the trigger are the same, and you can perform the same hand and finger gestures as before.
The only real problem we found was with the battery cover. It was a much larger cover than the previous model, which makes it easy to replace a singular AA battery. However, in several more energetic games, such as Creed: Rise to Glory and Sports Scramble, the lid began to open. The design still has two magnets inside to hold the lid, but they seem weaker, which makes the bay more unstable than before.
Oculus Quest – Games
Oculus demonstrated 50+ games at the time of the launch of Oculus Quest on May 21. It was necessary to do a port test before trying out new ones such as Ballista and Journey of the Gods: would there be games like Apex Construct and Creed: Rise to Glory to work portable system. With confidence we can say that they work for the most part. Yes, there is a drawdown of visual quality, but this is far from what you expect from all the studios doing an excellent job of compressing these video games in Oculus Quest.
However, they check the tracking to the maximum. For example, in Apex Construct, the bow blinked on the screen when the player’s hands were too low (near the waist), returning to the place when they were raised. Tracking also struggled with the speed of Creed: Rise to Glory. Like a boxing sim, the controllers were right in front of the headset, between all the sensors. But even in this case, he could not keep up with the squall of blows. But it is unclear whether this is a bug of Oculus Insight or software. For comparison, Beat Saber, which is known for its fast-paced gameplay, goes on a novelty just fine. There were no problems when playing the song at the Exper level with tracking working correctly and beautifully.
Oculus Quest – Verdict
Does this mean that Oculus Quest is a gaming device when it comes to VR? Yes and no. The all-in-one design is perfect for greeting new players. The ability to take a device that can display an experience that almost reaches the quality of Rift anywhere can simply tilt the scale in favor of Oculus. However, for those who already own the Oculus Rift, the Oculus Quest is not quite suitable for purchase. Yes, the number of games with cross-purchase support is growing, so you have an instant portable library.
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