Oculus Quest 2 tips and tricks for advanced users
| Tony Mowbray
In this article, we take a look at some tips and tricks to help advanced users improve their Quest experience. If you’re new to the Quest, you might want to first check out our tips and tricks for beginners here.
Master your playspace
You will be aware of the Quest’s guardian system, a virtual boundary that appears whenever you are near the edge of your playspace to help prevent you from stepping outside and doing damage to yourself or your surroundings. The following tips will show you how to optimise your guardian and playspace for the best experience.
• The experience of having the guardian boundary suddenly appear in front of your eyes mid-game is immersion breaking to say the least. To prevent this from happening, use a mat to define the edges of your playspace. Feeling the edge of the mat with your feet will indicate when you are nearing the edge of your playspace, allowing you to move away from the edge without activating the guardian boundary.
• Adjust the sensitivity of the guardian system by following these instructions here. The sensitivity determines how close you need to be from the edge of your play space before the guardian boundary appears.
• Enable the passthrough shortcut by navigating to the Oculus menu and going into ‘Settings’ then ‘Experimental Features’. Toggle the ‘Passthrough Shortcut’ setting to ‘on’ and you can now activate passthrough mode by simply double tapping the side of the headset, saving you from having to take your headset off to see your surroundings.
• Enable space sense by navigating to the Oculus menu and going into ‘Settings’ then ‘Experimental Features’. Toggle the ‘Space Sense’ setting to ‘on’ and this will make your Quest sessions safer by allowing you to see a neon outline of anything entering your playspace (furniture, people, animals etc.).
Play PCVR games
One of the most appealing things about the Quest is how quick and easy it is to setup and play when used as a standalone device. However, investing a little time and money into connecting your Quest headset to a VR capable PC opens up an abundance of new PCVR games and experiences to try.
• You can connect your Quest headset to your PC, either by using an appropriate cable or wirelessly via Air Link (follow this guide to find out how). The cable method typically offers a more reliable connection than wireless but it is also a tethered experience and doesn’t provide the same level of freedom that a wireless connection does.
• If using a cable, make sure it is a USB-C cable that is capable of supporting Oculus link (not all cables are created equally). If you plan to connect wirelessly, connecting to a 5GHz (or better) wi-fi network will produce the best results.
• Get the most out of your PCVR experience by adjusting the settings for the maximum performance that your hardware will allow. It is possible to increase the refresh rate to a maximum of 90Hz, improve visual resolution and reduce the degradation of the image experienced through compression. This handy guide will show you how to adjust these things, but just be mindful that increasing the settings beyond what your computer hardware can handle will result in a laggy experience.
Take immersion to the next level
One of the best things about VR is the sense of presence and immersion it provides. A range of Quest 2 accessories are available that are designed to improve your experience through increasing this sense of immersion.
• The Quest 2 has built-in audio that channels the sound to your ears but investing in a good pair of headphones will give you the best acoustic experience. Quality headphones not only provide a more immersive experience by taking full advantage of the Quest’s 3D spatial audio, but they also help to prevent the sound from being heard by, and annoying, others around you.
• There are plenty of Quest accessories designed to give you a more realistic experience when playing the VR games you love. These accessories range from simple grip adaptors that make your controllers feel like the objects you are handling in-game (e.g. a fishing rod) to more high-tech accessories such as haptic suits that can simulate the feeling of touch on the body.
• Nothing pulls you out of an immersive experience faster than feeling uncomfortable. Therefore, upgrading the stock Quest 2 head strap and facial interface with more comfortable alternatives is highly recommended. For example, a premium head strap like the Quest 2 Battery Strap by AUBIKA offers extended playtime in addition to a much more comfortable experience when compared to the stock strap.
These are just a few tips and tricks that experienced Quest 2 users can use to get the most out of their device. Do you have any handy tips to share for advanced Quest 2 users? Let us know in the comments below!
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