1 year old Oculus Quest: This is why this is still the best VR headset you can buy | Instant News


Last year. And still me.

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Sometimes I feel like a futuristic fighter pilot, or a wizard who wants to cast a teleportation spell. I take the headset, tuck it, slide the controller on my wrist. I inspected my space, threw a long bow to draw my magic circle. The world disappears. I entered

The time that passed from my reality to virtual reality was very fast Oculus Quest. This is what makes it the VR headset of my choice, all the time. When I reviewed Quest a year ago, it was accept Editor’s Choice. That is also one of them The most innovative CNET product this year.

I do not regret any of the labels in 2020, in a world completely different from the label where I reviewed Quest. The headset is still by my side all the time, now. That’s what I can dip Altspace VR with live interviews, or explore a the theater section in the process with actors elsewhere, or following the briefing on VR. Watch a video from Tribeca. Get some lightweight fitness game on. Tether to PC to check the application. Look around a or two magical worlds and only run away for a while. It’s a diving mask to improve my holodeck. This is the best overall immersive tool at the moment.

What makes Quest great, and continues to be, is its simplicity: all in one. Do not need other equipment. I can use it right when I want to dive. Other VR Headsets still leaning on the cable and console and PC, plus drivers and hassles.

In Aruba, long ago. When I went on vacation.

It’s been a year and a month since I took Oculus Quest with me on vacation to Aruba, a lifestyle that now feels like a thousand years ago. I thought about portability, then – reviewed the headset a month before it was released and started to go on a family trip, I wanted to know how well it could be packaged. It feels like a set of big headphones in its hard case. Imposition, but it can be done. I don’t use it all the time on vacation, because after all, why not enjoy the sea, sand, my family? But it was fun to try, and the smell of the sun lotion stayed on the foam for months.

I connected my vacation with VR, after that. I would go back to a game like Beat Saber and think of being in Aruba, as if I would be there again when I removed the headset. Like a set of magic glasses that can really move me.

Virtual reality has been promised for years like carrots on sticks as an extraordinary door for our future connections, our journey to a parallel world. VR is now good enough and easy enough so it’s really great.

Hand tracking demo at Facebook headquarters last fall: one of the latest features underway.

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What he can do well

Oculus Quest was great when I first used it, and it’s still great now. While Facebook maybe have Follow up from Oculus Quest determined for later this year (or the year after that), and a more VR headsets from various competitors who might arrive with new features and possibly lower prices, Quest remains extraordinary today. This is also a new model for VR, and even AR, which must be done next.

If you think of Quest as Nintendo Switch-like game console for VR, it will not disappoint. A sufficient VR hit from the past four years is at Quest to offer the best of what’s available, optimized for older cellphone level processors that somehow managed to make it look good. There is a compromise in visuals, but hand tracking, controllers, appearance, everything in front of the game.

I say we are all on holodeck, VR headset or not. That quest, obviously, where VR and AR go. Cat-your-reality is playing the boundary system used by Quest, where I can enter and exit the VR world and the black-and-white and white pass-through videos that I made in my real home, are still magical. Quest control is very flexible, and I have never been bored with it.

Oculus has developed Quest in the past year, add hand tracking, and how to connect to a PC and become a fully VR tethered PC headset if needed. This is better, as a product, than most products in one year. Facebook’s commitment to hardware and software exactly what makes it so good.

This is also a place where I become active, in more than a few fitness games. In many ways, fitness in VR feels like an extension of this type of fitness game I used to play on the Wii or Xbox Kinect, but in the space that surrounds me.

Should I tell you some of my favorite games and experiences? There are many. Only slightly:

This is great … but it’s still big.

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What the Quest hasn’t (not yet)

Oculus Quest is many things, many of which are fantastic. But that’s not important for most people, it’s not real-life, and it’s not connected to the rest of your life. Not exactly. My cellphone and its applications, most of my work, everything I do; VR is an escape from that. It is bubbling. That makes it a fun place to hide, even if it is part of a tangle of Facebook information that isn’t hidden at all.

But VR won’t be long boiling from our application ecosystem. Finally, all those applications need to work with VR as well. Like headphones for audio, VR must be for our workspace. Telephone need proper plug-in support, so does Android and iOS. I need to be able to join Zoom, check Slack, multitask, pop in and out. Sounds terrible and unavoidable and also helps at the same time, and it’s important if I don’t want to feel blindfolded every time I use a VR headset.

The Oculus curated collection of Quest applications often stands out, and most of the best VR gaming experience has been transported very well. But this is not a device that can be for everyone. This is still a clumsy process to get into VR, sometimes. I sometimes bump my hand against the wall or hit my head on a table that I don’t see. The battery runs out too fast. Sometimes the hardware breaks or I run out of storage space. The resolution isn’t sharp enough to replace a good monitor, or become my main cinema. And because it’s so individual, I can’t share it with people at home. That’s not something we can all do at once. And the controls, in VR, are not child-friendly. Unlike iPad, at least. That is the thing that I try, regardless of others.

But a very bad start

However, this is something that I am very interested in using, searching the application for, discovering what else is coming. Quest is still a prototype for the next wave of technology, in many ways. But it is the first device that truly shows what can be tethered in the future, immersive instant capable.

This quest is good enough to overcome my dislike of many Facebook social media platforms. Good enough to make me want to know what happened next. Good enough to continue to be the thing that I keep filled and ready for another day. And one more.

I love Quest. And in a world where I am stuck at home and can’t go out into the whole world anymore, I need things like that more than ever before.



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