In my hands-on review, I mention that I had problems with getting the Oculus Quest to set up since the tracking was way off. Originally, I thought it was a battery problem. However, from using it more, I now understand that the Quest doesn’t work well in any kind of sunlight. Knowing this would have saved me at least three hours of frustration since I originally set it up to use at a park. (I don’t have much space in my apartment)
Of course, the dream VR headset would be something that you can use outside, like a smartphone. It wouldn’t matter where you used it; you could enter into another world any place at any time. When I used it later in the evening, I had no problems — with the exception of some people giving me weird looks. That’s their problem, not mine.
As I used the Oculus Quest for the next couple of days, I noticed that there were other slight issues that kept this from being the “iPhone” of the VR world. First of all, there’s the resolution (1,600 x 1,440 per eye) that sounds great on paper, but still produces a screen door effect in the VR world. However, the screen door effect is less noticeable than it is on the HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift, and even the Gear VR. In other words, the screen in the VR world is almost “there” but not quite.
But that’s not to say I haven’t been having fun. Thankfully, there is a strong lineup of games and experiences. So far, my favorite is Star Wars Vader Immortal – Episode 1. Even if you aren’t a huge Star Wars fan like me, you’ll become one. You really get immersed in the Star Wars universe, light sabers and all. I wish it lasted longer, but it’s just about the best thing I’ve ever experienced in VR.
Another app that shows how far VR has come is Epic Roller Coasters, which allows you to go on dizzying roller coasters with raptors, snow slides, zombies, witches, etc. If your stomach can handle it, you’re in for an adventure. The fact that a VR roller coaster doesn’t really make you feel like you are on one still holds true, but these VR roller coasters give you a sense of height as well as stomach drop.
If you are like me, you’ll mostly be using the Quest to watch movies. And it is a great experience watching Netflix or your own movies in cozy environments. When Oculus releases a headset without the screen door effect, you may never feel the need to go to a movie theater again. And you’ll be able to invite your friends and family from all over the world to watch movies with you.
The Oculus Touch controllers work just as well as they did on the original Oculus Quest and help make this portable VR experience more vital. They are easy to use, even if the learning curve takes a little longer than usual. As mentioned, I had problems using them outdoors (my fault for not reading the material that warns against this), but using them at night or indoors shows absolutely no lag whatsoever. They really do feel like your own hands in the VR world.
And the Oculus Quest fits comfortably without one needing five minutes to get the screen in focus. It’s wide-lens angle helps make the virtual worlds a lot more realistic. And, it needs to be stated again — NO WIRES!
The Oculus Quest is certainly a breakthrough device that will hopefully make VR mainstream. The glass is more than half-full — it’s four-fifths full. But it doesn’t quite hit the home run I was expecting. Still, a triple is good enough for hours of immersive fun.