Should you buy the Oculus Quest?

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Oculus Quest

The Oculus Quest is a stand alone console for VR that lets you play all of the games that your heart desires. It is completely wireless and it doesn’t need a powerful PC to run your games. This means that it is also kind of portable. A few years ago VR seemed like space age technology and now you can use it on the bus. Not that I would recommend that, but you can.

Full Movement

As I said, the Oculus Quest is a wireless VR system like it’s little brother, the Oculus Go. The main difference is that the Go only had three degrees of freedom. This means that the headset could only register roll, pitch and yaw.

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Image taken from the kei-studios article in this link.

And while that’s pretty cool, it means that you can’t duck, move front to back or side to side. On the other hand, thanks to the four cameras built into the headset, the Oculus Quest offers six degrees of freedom. Which means that you would have all the freedom that you would have with a VR set with cameras around you.

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Image taken from the kei-studios article in this link.

Specs

To get your hands on the Oculus Quest you would have to cough up $399 USD or $499 USD for the 64GB and 128GB version respectively. Which is no small amount but what you get is nothing to frown at either.You get:

  • An OLED display panel
  • 1440 x 1600 resolution per eye
  • 72Hz refresh rate
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor (same processor as Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus, Essential Phone PH-1, Google Pixel 2 XL and a bunch more)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Lithium-ion battery with two to three hours playtime

Hardware

For your $399-$499 USD you get the Oculus Quest Headset, which is the console itself with two Touch Controllers. You also get a 15W Power Adapter, AA Batteries and a Frame Friendly Spacer. The spacer is used to make for a more comfortable experience for people with glasses. This is a great accessory that I expect to be part of every new Oculus headset from now on.

Oculus Quest hardware

So should you buy it?

Well it depends. If you want an on the go experience and you plan on doing more than watching videos and playing the most basic games, then yes. If you want to play VR games and you can’t afford buying a regular Rift AND an expensive, powerful PC, then definitely.

If you already have a nice PC. And you only plan on playing in front of your desc and doing so for many hours, and you don’t mind a cable dangling from your head. Then the Oculus Quest might not be the headset for you. I would recommend getting either a regular Rift or the new Rift S. I hope this article helped you decide if the Oculus Quest is for you.

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