When VR first started to take off, it was a rather pricey endeavor. Consumers had to purchase a costly headset along with a beefy computer in order to run VR games. Spending upwards of $1,000 was the norm, meaning all the fun of virtual reality was left to those with the deepest pockets. Thankfully those days have come to an end.
The latest offering on the market is an absolute dream come true in terms of tech, and it comes at a fraction of the price. The Oculus Quest 2 is available right now, and you can get the entire experience for just $300. That’s $200 less than the Xbox Series X and Playstation 5! If you were holding off on a fully-fledged VR setup due to budget constraints, the Oculus Quest 2 is the hardware you’ve been waiting for.
What is the Oculus Quest 2?
The Oculus Quest 2, as you might suspect from the name, is a successor to the Oculus Quest. The original Quest, created by Oculus VR and Facebook Technologies, packed in everything needed for true virtual reality gaming. The best part is that Oculus Quest was a standalone unit. No computer needed, no external cameras to set up, and no wires to tether you to other hardware. One headset, two wireless controllers, and a constantly-updated library of games you could download from right within the headset itself.
Oculus Quest 2 takes everything the original headset did and cranks it up to 11. This headset includes revamped controllers, a higher resolution, more RAM, a better processor, and it’s even lighter than the original! There’s absolutely no reason to hunt down the original Oculus Quest instead of its follow-up. Oculus Quest 2 is an absolute beast of a VR offering, and it once again aims to bring the world of virtual reality to the mass market.
Of course, the most important part of any VR experience is the games. Just what can you play with the Oculus Quest 2? There are tons of amazing titles available, from hidden gems to mega-blockbusters. We’ve sifted through the litany of titles to find the ones you simply can’t miss.
No matter how many versions of Tetris release, the game just never gets old. That adage is true of Tetris Effect, which retains the classic Tetris gameplay, but presents it in a truly awe-inspiring way. You’re in for a real treat, as Tetris Effects blends unbelievable artistic visuals and thumping beats to make a Tetris game that’s simply unforgettable. This could very well be the definitive version of Tetris.
Fancy yourself an action-adventure fan? Do you enjoy tackling puzzling situations? If so, Moss is a game you can’t pass up. Follow the journey of a young mouse who stumbles upon a hidden world of magic, which sets her down a path she could have never expected. With gripping gameplay and a storybook presentation, Moss gives you everything you’d want from a classic adventure, albeit from a brand-new perspective.
Rez first released all the way back in 2001, but its revamp for virtual reality feels like the way it was always meant to be played. At its core, Rez Infinite is an on-rails shoot’em up. The real secret to the game’s success comes from the trippy visuals, incredible soundtrack, and hidden meanings. Playing the game on any platform is an experience unlike any other, but enjoying it via the Oculus Quest 2 feels other-worldly in the best way possible.
Out of all the VR games available, Beat Saber has to be the one to gain the most mainstream attention. The idea itself couldn’t be simpler, but mastering it takes some serious skill. You stand in the middle of a note highway and slash away at blocks with arrow indicators on them. All this happens to the beat of the music, and there’s plenty of tracks that’ll have you bobbing and weaving to the rhythm. Expect Beat Saber to steal away hours of your life, and cause you to work up quite a sweat, too!
SUPERHOT certainly has a unique visual presentation, but it has a fresh gameplay hook to match. Your job is to dodge bullets and fire on enemies in order to clear out rooms. The thing is, you control the flow of time, so every little bit you move also makes the enemies run closer. How do you avoid the gunfire and take out the opposition without them bum-rushing you? It’s going to take a lot of practice, but you’ll have an absolute blast perfecting your approach.
Vader Immortal Trilogy
How can you go wrong with Star Wars? The Vader Immortal Trilogy is a must-play VR series, as it delivers everything a Star Wars fan could want. There’s gorgeous visuals, over-the-top battles, top-notch voice talent, a laundry list of familiar faces, and intense lightsaber duels. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the Star Wars universe like never before.
Don’t you play video games as a way to kick back and relax after a long day at work? Who wants to jump right into a second job? Job Simulator might sound like the most boring game possible, but it’s the complete opposite. Plop yourself down into a number of different mundane jobs and let yourself run wild. Throw food at customers when you’re working at a restaurant. Smack your cubicle buddy with a stapler to vent some frustrations. Job Simulator lets you do everything you wish you could get away with at work!
Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes
You might think that virtual reality games are walled-off experiences that block everyone else in the room from getting in on the action. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes proves that notion very wrong. The player wearing the VR headset will have a bomb sitting in front of them, while friends in the real world will have sheets of paper detailing numerous bomb builds. The VR player’s job is to diffuse the bomb, and they can only do that with guidance from friends. Work quickly and don’t make too many mistakes, because the whole mission could go up in smoke!
Oculus Quest 2 is Better With Turtle Beach
You’re going all-out on a next-gen VR experience with the Oculus Quest 2. Your eyes will have trouble believing what they’re seeing, but remember not to leave your ears out of the fun! Immersive audio is just as important in the world of VR as the visual experience. With the right headsets, you can help transport yourself to a whole new world, making everything you hear that much more believable.
Oculus Quest 2 includes a 3.5mm audio jack, meaning any of our Turtle Beach headsets or earbuds with a 3.5mm option will work. Make sure you consider the Oculus Quest 2 head strap when picking the right Turtle Beach headset for you. Some of our traditional headset designs will sit better than others, but our series of Battle Buds in-ear headsets will work absolutely flawlessly, all while maximizing comfort.
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