Seeing Through Another Reality With The Oculus

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Chris Palone, Editor

Over the past so many years, virtual reality has taken off. Numerous products have revolved around virtual reality and many social media apps have implemented 3D filters. A big one is the Oculus Quest 2, or known as the Meta Quest 2. The main use of the Oculus Quest 2 is to play games with other people in virtual reality. There is a lot to offer with the Oculus, and you can connect with so many people through it by talking through voice chat in certain games.

The Oculus runs on an Android-based system. Depending on which one you get, they can hold anywhere from 64 GB up to 256 GB. It can hold up to 6 GB of memory. They include 2 built-in speakers and a headphone jack with 4 cameras. The Oculus Quest 2 can be for anyone. It is mostly used by teenagers and adults due to it’s complications, and it is advised to be 13+ in order to use it.

A pro of the Oculus is that it’s fun, but that’s just opinionated. There are a variety of games to pick from. From horror games to competitive games to relaxing games, there’s something for everyone. Another pro is that it’s easy to connect with people. With VR chat, you join servers and have the ability to talk to other people who are playing on a VR headset with you. A con of the Oculus that’s also opinionated is that it’s easily tiring. Speaking from experience, some games like Beat Saber can become so addicting but tiring at the same time. This leads to not touching the headset for weeks on end, which is also being spoken from personal experience. Another con is that the Oculus can put some people in danger physically. It is heavily recommended to play in an area of 6 feet with no obstacles like dressers, walls, or tables in the way to avoid hurting yourself or someone else. This is difficult for a lot of people to manage and they end up ignoring it. By now, everyone has seen videos of people falling and getting hurt while playing on the Oculus because they aren’t fully aware of their surroundings.

The Oculus Quest 2 can be purchased at many stores. Best Buy, Walmart, and Target seem to be the most popular places to look, where they are priced between $300-$450 depending on which one you get and how much GB it contains.

Well, is it worth the purchase? As someone who owns one of these, I would say it is. While having its ups and downs, it’s overall a good product. If you’re someone who’s really dedicated into playing a $350 headset all the time without getting tired than this is the right choice for you. The downside is that the headset itself is already expensive and there’s only so many free good games to pick from. In general, it’s a good product and definitely more of a winter-like activity.