You never want to touch the lens with your fingers, that will smudge them, and they’re hard to clean. To make matters worse, I share my Oculus Quest with my wife, so anytime the other person wants to use it that means adjusting the lens again. So, this adjustment mechanism makes no sense. And if you’re one of the many people who don’t fall exactly into one of the three options, like I am, well you’re kind of out of luck.
You can try to move the lenses between the hard-locked positions, but that doesn’t really work. Because as much as you’re moving a physical lens, the three positions also account for the single display by pixel shifting the image to the right location. Moving “between” leaves the image pixel shifted in the wrong spot.
All of that leads to rainbow effects that both my wife and I experience, which cause headaches. Thankfully you can tile the display towards or away from your face to eliminate that, but in turn, you get more screendoor effect. I didn’t need to do any of that with the original Quest.
You Don’t Have a Choice
Sadly, if you’re interested in picking up a new Oculus Quest, your only choice is to buy the Quest 2. Facebook discontinued the https://hookupdate.net/escort-index/garland/ original, and short of ridiculously overpriced options from sketchy third parties on Amazon; you can’t buy it anymore. There were rumors of an Oculus Quest Pro, but that’s not coming anytime soon. And already, Facebook is moving towards only supporting the Oculus Quest 2, eventually, you’ll have to give up the original. I tried Facebook’s new Horizon Workroom remote meeting experience, but I had to use the Oculus Quest 2. After an hour I was ready not to put on my VR headset again anytime soon.
But now Facebook owns the company, and you’ll have to use a Facebook account instead
And speaking of not having a choice, there’s another worrisome detail with the Oculus Quest 2. With the original, you could create a login with an Oculus account. That means tying all your VR data to your social network data. That might not seem so bad, but there’s a secondary downside. If Facebook locks, suspends, or deletes your account for any reason, you lose access to your VR headset and all the purchases you made for it.
But you can probably look past that if you’re not worried about losing your Facebook account, and to be fair, most people probably won’t. What’s unfortunate is just as Virtual Reality is really starting to take off, the Oculus Quest 2 took a step back instead of a step forward. Reaching a “more affordable” price is a laudable goal, as is reducing weight for comfort.
But by the time you finish “fixing” the Oculus Quest 2, you’ll spend almost as much (or more) and get a system that weighs basically the same. And there’s nothing you can do about the display issues. If it doesn’t fit your eyes, you are out of luck.
If you really want an Oculus Quest, you have no choice but to accept the lackluster sequel. As for me, I’ll probably keep using the original model. It’s just the better option.
Plus, it’s an extra $50, eating into that promise of a system that costs less than the original. Worse, it doesn’t work for everyone. You’ll find the dial at the back of your head, which is convenient if you have short hair. But if you have long hair or a ponytail, it’ll get trapped in the dial. It won’t work for everyone.
But the bigger issue is the single display setup. Because of that choice, you don’t get a slider that moves two independent screens to just the right spot. Instead, you have to reach inside the display area, grab the outside of the lenses with your fingertips, and physically move them to one of three choices. That’s it, three possible locked locations. Let me tell you; humans can’t be categorized into just three eye shapes.