I bought an Oculus Quest 2 in September of 2021 and I was hooked on VR. However, there are a ton of accessories out there that can really improve your VR experience. And I wanted to list some of the ones that I’d recommend to new VR users out there.
My Quest 2’s face plate quickly became a rancid sweat-sponge after playing my favorite active games on the Quest 2. The initial faceplate shipped with the Quest 2 was so bad that it actually got recalled because people were having allergic reactions to it. I threw mine away (and am glad I did). This is an accessory that you really need to replace.
Lots of companies sell these so I don’t think you need to buy a specific brand. I purchased this generic one from Amazon and I like it, there’s also a company named VRCover that focuses on VR accessories like this and is worth checking out if you want more options.
The quest 2 controllers are fine…
But, when I get sweaty (which happens a lot), I find the controllers become harder to grip and sometimes I’m accidentally opening up the battery case. Plus, hand straps are a lot nicer than the wrist straps they give you. I definitely recommend trying to replace these.
One of my gripes with the Quest 2 is that you can kill the battery after a couple hours of gameplay. That said, if you pop one of these babies into Quest 2 when you start playing you can probably squeeze an extra 30 to 60 minutes out of the experience. More if you buy more than one of them and swap them out every hour or so.
That makes a huge difference when you want to do a long gaming session and don’t want to stop to recharge your batteries.
4) Rug (Or Mat)
Yes, I’m recommending you buy a plain old rug. Why?
Well as good as Oculus’s guardian system is it’s incredibly easy to get disoriented and not realize where the center of your playspace is.
A small rug that’s in the center of your playspace is an easy way to re-orient yourself without killing the immersion. A large (and crazy expensive) rug isn’t a necessity either. In fact, I think the smaller your rug (so maybe 3ft in diameter) works better for this. That’s because the smaller the rug that you’re using the easier it is to understand where the center of your playspace is.
Just make sure to buy something with a low profile so that you don’t trip over it.
I don’t hate the head strap that came with my Oculus Quest 2. That said, a lot of people do. Luckily, these are also easily swappable.
Oculus went ahead and made a premium version of its head strap complete with a large battery attached to it. It’s a nice upgrade, although it is rather expensive compared to the other items on this list.
Bonus Accessory #1) VR Mind Control by Next-Mind
Now we’re on to the list of things you absolutely don’t need to buy (but it’d be awesome if you did). The first is an accessory created by the company next-mind that literally lets you play VR with your mind. It’s freaking insane! Watch this video to see a demo. I honestly can’t believe this is real (it’s real).
Bonus Accessory #2) OmniDirectional VR Treadmills by Kat Walk C
Another accessory that you absolutely don’t need.
That said, if you’re like me and you love playing workout games in VR, you know that VR is more fun if you can run around without worrying about crashing into stuff. An Omnidirectional VR treadmill by Kat Walk C is one way to accomplish that. And just think about how awesome it would be to sprint in VR while blowing stuff up with your mind.
Bonus Accessory #3) Full Body Tracking by HTC Vive
There are games in VR that would be dramatically more fun if you could kick or otherwise control your legs in VR. Unfortunately the Quest 2 doesn’t allow you to do this with its two controllers. That said, HTC Vive offers a solution that’s worth checking out if you’re interested in this.