The Oculus Quest is a completely wireless virtual reality headset. It's unique in that it can track your movements in any direction without the need for any external sensors or a connected PC. The result is a liberating VR experience in which you can swing, duck, twist, and dance away without worrying about getting tangled up.

The Oculus Quest is a great headset for newcomers to VR as well as a welcome addition to VR enthusiasts looking for a wireless setup. Here's everything you need to know about the Oculus Quest.

Untethered VR

Oculus Quest

Freedom to move

The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset. That means you don't need a PC or phone to use it and you don't have to duck and dodge around wires. As a result, you can bring VR almost anywhere and immerse yourself in gameplay.

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The Oculus Quest is an immersive and liberating VR experience. In our review of the Oculus Quest we said that it "felt like this is how virtual reality was always supposed to be." The lack of external sensors or wires makes it easy to jump straight into VR and share it with your friends.

Oculus Quest review: A liberating VR experience you can take anywhere

What is Oculus Quest?

The Oculus Quest is a completely wireless virtual reality headset. It doesn't need to be tethered to a PC like other powerful VR headsets and doesn't require a phone like some mobile VR devices. It features six degrees of freedom (6DoF), meaning it can track your movements up, down, left, right, forward, and backward. It doesn't require any external sensors like the original Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Instead, it has sensors built into the headset. It also supports two updated Touch controllers, meaning it can be used to play popular gaming titles that require two hands such as Beat Saber.

Spatial tracking from within the headset means you can move around a room-scale setup just like you can now in Rift, Vive, or Windows Mixed Reality. A camera in each corner of the headset (total of four) track space and motion controllers from the inside out. The Quest uses the same optics as the Go for a display resolution of 1,600 x 1,400 for each eye, but here you'll be able to make lens-spacing adjustments on the fly. Also, like the Go, Quest has a built-in audio system that delivers 3D sound without the need for bulky headphones. A headset jack is included if you'd like to use separate hardware, and charging is handled with a USB-C port.

All the necessary hardware — including the processor, RAM, storage, and rechargeable battery — is worn on your head. As for an operating system, Quest runs on the Oculus OS, a variation of Android.

Where can I buy an Oculus Quest?

The Oculus Quest starts at $399 for the 64GB version. It's available at several major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, and through the Oculus website. If you plan to do a lot of sideloading or plan to watch a lot of downloaded media content, then you should consider purchasing the larger 128GB version for $499.

How does Oculus Quest tracking work?

Oculus Insight, the new tracking technology from Oculus, is capable of scanning all items in your VR space, including floors, ceilings, walls, rugs, art, windows, and curtains, for a true representation of your place in the real world. It looks for edges and corners and other distinct features, then builds a 3D map of the playspace and combines that data with data from the gyroscope and accelerometer to give the headset's position once every millisecond.

The Guardian system is still here to keep you from bumping into walls and furniture, and you'll now be able to save multiple rooms for quick setup. For example, you can save your standard VR play space, and you save your friend's living room for when you visit with the Quest and want to set up quickly.

Since there are no external sensors, the play space for Quest is potentially enormous, though features such as Arena-Scale tracking will come in future updates.

How do Oculus Quest controllers work?

Along with a new headset, Quest is bringing new Touch motion controllers that are also tracked by sensors in the headset. Much like other Oculus Touch controllers, the Quest controllers have a ring covered in IR lights that are tracked. Here, instead of facing down like on current Touch, the rings face up, making them more visible to the cameras in the headset.

Can you order a replacement Touch Controller for the Oculus Quest?

How do I set up my Oculus Quest?

The Oculus Quest is one of the easiest VR headsets to set up. It doesn't require any external sensors or a PC to run. You do need a phone for the initial set up process, but after that, the headset runs completely independently. When you first set up your Oculus Quest, the device guides you through the tutorial to sign in to your accounts. It also familiarizes you with the Oculus Guardian system and the basic movements and gestures available on the Oculus Quest.

Do I need any additional equipment?

One of the best things about the Oculus Quest is that you don't need any additional equipment to use it. Apart from having to replace batteries in the Touch Controllers, everything you'll ever need to run the Oculus Quest is in the box it ships with.

Though all of the required equipment is in the box, there are some helpful add-ons and accessories you can use to enhance the Oculus Quest experience. A magnetic charging cable makes it easier to charge your headset and also makes it safer to use while plugged in because it reduces the risk of damaging the headset.

The accessory that will result in the most significant change in gameplay and immersion is a good pair of headphones. The Oculus Quest has built-in speakers that support directional audio, but if you want to immerse yourself fully, you can pop on some headphones. Just remember that the Oculus Quest doesn't officially support Bluetooth audio so you'll need a wired set of headphones.

What games can I play on the Oculus Quest?

Even though the Oculus Quest is not connected to a PC, it can still run many games that developers can port over from the Oculus Rift. Oculus Quest ports of Rift games can be both impressive and immersive, though discerning eyes will be able to tell the difference between the same game being played on both systems.

The Oculus Quest has an impressive library of games. Many Oculus Rift games and some Oculus Go games have been ported to the Oculus Quest. Shooting games are especially immersive and popular on the Oculus Quest. Its lack of wires means you can spin around and fire at enemies in games like Robo Recall: Unplugged.

The Oculus Quest also lends itself well to anything with a sword or saber thanks to its support for two Touch Controller. Beat Saber is an incredibly fun game that pairs slicing blocks to the rhythm of music.

There's a growing library of games on the Oculus Quest, and many of them are available for around $20.

Is the Oculus Quest good for watching movies and TV?

The Oculus Quest has several media apps that allow you to enjoy content on a gigantic virtual screen. Netflix and YouTube have official apps available for the Oculus Quest. You can also watch locally stored media on your headset or stream content to it using an app like SKYBOX VR. You can also watch several other types of content by sideloading Android apps onto the Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest is an Android device at its core, so there are plenty of apps to choose from.

Can I sideload apps and games?

While the Oculus Quest has several games and apps available through the Oculus Store, sideloading opens a whole new world to the device. You can sideload media apps like the Android version of Netflix that supports offline media playback, or sideload custom songs onto the popular game Beat Saber. Sideloading can also be used to enable SteamVR inside Virtual Desktop.

Sideloading originally took quite a bit of effort, but the developers of SideQuest have made it seamless. SideQuest is a program you install on your PC that allows you to drag and drop APKs onto your Oculus Quest. It's also an incredible tool for sideloading custom songs and content onto Beat Saber.

Can I connect the Oculus Quest to other devices?

The Oculus Quest is a great device on its own, but it can also connect to several types of devices to provide different experiences. If you want to show your friends and family what's going on inside of your headset, you can cast your Oculus Quest to a Chromecast. This is excellent for parties because people can watch your gameplay instead of watching you flail your arms around.

You can also stream PC games and apps to the Oculus Quest through Virtual Desktop. This app allows you to use your PC inside a virtual environment to enjoy a wide variety of content. You can also sideload the ability to stream SteamVR games to your Oculus Quest.

The Oculus Quest can also be connected to a computer to download video files from recorded gameplay. It's simple and just involves plugging your headset into your computer with a USB-C cable.

How do I keep the Oculus Quest running?

The Oculus Quest doesn't require much maintenance, but there are some important things to remember to keep it running well. The most important thing to know is that sunlight can damage the screen inside the headset in just a few seconds. It's tempting to take the Oculus Quest outside to take advantage of a larger play area, but the lenses of the Oculus Quest are magnifying glasses. If sunlight hits the lenses, it can damage the display. When storing the Oculus Quest and transporting it, you should always use a case and/or a lens cover. Additionally, you shouldn't use the Oculus Quest in direct sunlight or leave it in a location where the sun might hit the lenses.

The Oculus Quest has two Touch Controllers that allow you to interact with games and apps. These controllers aren't as robust as the Touch Controllers that shipped with the original Oculus Rift. While I've hit a counter on accident and not seen any damage, many users have cracked the tracking ring on their Touch Controllers by dropping them. You should always use the wrist straps for the Touch Controllers and clear out your playing area. The Oculus Guardian system isn't perfect, and it also doesn't track the ceiling or anyone that comes into your play area, so it's important to be careful. If you do break a Touch Controller, you can order individual replacements.

Should I be concerned about my privacy?

Some users will have privacy concerns with the Oculus Quest because Oculus is owned by Facebook. If you'd like, you can remove your Facebook account from the Oculus Quest and also tweak several other privacy settings including who can see your real name, what your friends can see, and what activity is shared.

Untethered VR

Oculus Quest

Freedom to move

The Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset. That means you don't need a PC or phone to use it and you don't have to duck and dodge around wires. As a result, you can bring VR almost anywhere and immerse yourself in gameplay.

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