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Is your Oculus VR worth it?

edited 30 January at 5:23PM in Gaming MoneySaving
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edited 30 January at 5:23PM in Gaming MoneySaving
I have been considering the Oculus Quest 2 and am wondering if it is worth it and if people can tell me their experiences of it?

Is it something you find you can play as often as a console like a Playstation, for example, or is it more of a novelty thing that you will get bored of quickly? 

Also there seem to have been 3 stand-alone oculus kits in the matter of a few years, so seems only a matter of time before there's an Oculus Quest 3, my other question is if people who own the Oculus Quest 1 and Oculus Go are still finding it useable, or does it get out of date fast?

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  • flicksflicks Forumite
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    I have the Oculus Quest 1 and I love it. The amount of VR content for it is excellent and it seems that all Quest 2 stuff runs quite happily on it albeit not looking quite so pretty, so I understand.
    I certainly haven't become bored with it and I've had it since Christmas 2019. I won't be buying the Quest 2 as I feel it doesn't offer enough extra for the money. 
    The only downsides for me is the headset is quite heavy and needs charging far too often. Not sure if this has been addressed with the Quest 2 though.
    Certainly can't see the Quest 2 going out of fashion for a while yet but sadly it's like everything else electronic, it'll get upgraded in no time.
    Also make sure you're happy with Facebook as if you're not a member the unit will be unusable.


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    Honestly, it's kept me alive during lockdown. I can log into VRChat or one of the other multiplayer environments and socialise with other adults (which I haven't done face-to-face properly in nearly a year).

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  • SweetNewsTSweetNewsT Forumite
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    I'm in the same boat - they're expensive and at the moment impossible to 'try', so I'm super on the fence about whether or not it would be worthwhile!
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    My teenage son has the Oculus 1, which I have tried and I think it's a great bit of kit. The fact that it can be played with no wires is a Godsend when compared to the PSVR. Also it's fun to go outside with it for a bit more space.

    The exercise apps are my favourite, there's Beat Saber plus a boxing one which can be single or multiplayer. It's a bit Beat Saber style and players can box in line or on their own. There's also a futuristic squash game where you are in a dome. That is fantastic especially when the large spinning ball stops right in front of you and you feel as though you could touch it.

    The odd game has made me feel queasy but it's rare and I've used YouTube to go on VR hikes but they didn't last long as I felt sick.

    I'm thinking of getting the 2nd version of the Quest for myself as my son moans when I go on it. To me it's a bargain.
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    I'm in the same boat - they're expensive and at the moment impossible to 'try', so I'm super on the fence about whether or not it would be worthwhile!
    Since making this thread, I ended up buying the Quest 2. I went through John Lewis price match website, and they price matched against the cheapest available, which at the time was Game.co.uk for £279 (and the added bonus is you get the 2 year guarantee on John Lewis).

    Definitely my best pandemic purchase, wish I had bought it earlier to get me through lockdowns! Can highly recommend! When you watch people play on Youtube etc. it is nowhere near how immersive the experience is actually like.
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    I bought one a few weeks ago. So far really impressive. The key is the range of things you do on it. If it's just games you may get fed up more quickly but so far I'm:

    Exercising daily (FitXR)
    Playing games (The Room and Superhot are my fave)
    Browsing houses (Matterport 3Ds work really well!)
    Using VR tours (White House, Space Station etc)

    It's got a lot of use and well worth the £
  • MattMattMattUKMattMattMattUK Forumite
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    I have used VR and borrowed a Valve Index for a while which I thought was brilliant, however I do not think they are worth it as the cost of the device is high, the cost to get the most out of it is high (a high end gaming rig) and there just is not enough content. If all games were VR compatible and the choice was just how to play the absolutly, but there is just not enough content at the moment. 
  • DisablednProudDisablednProud Forumite
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    @MattMattMattUK The Quest is a standalone, it's like £300, no equipment or rig needed (though yea, you could hook it up to get more out of it) and enough games are free that you don't even need to buy any games, but definitely a wider selection than I thought.
  • MattMattMattUKMattMattMattUK Forumite
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    @MattMattMattUK The Quest is a standalone, it's like £300, no equipment or rig needed (though yea, you could hook it up to get more out of it) and enough games are free that you don't even need to buy any games, but definitely a wider selection than I thought.
    Yep, but being standalone it is a lot less capable, to play a lot of mainstream games on it you do need to connect it to a gaming rig, which it then becomes a very poor cousin to an Index and the costs associated with a high end gaming rig also become an issue. There are free games and there is variety, but I really do not see the point personally.

    I enjoy gaming, but at the moment VR just is not worth it and I do not mind spending on gaming (I build my own gaming PCs and my current rig has a RTX 3090 in so I could run VR well), the limited amount of games, the generally lacking control systems (something which the Index improves on dramatically, but still with issues in some games), the imperfect nature of it. I borrowed an Index, it was fun and amazing, but I still do not think it is worth the cost, nor do I think a lower quality alternative at £300 is worth the cost. I also accept that is my opinion, others may have differing views. 
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