With under a month to go until the Oculus Quest 2 releases on 13th October 2020, many of us are considering the various accessories that have been released by Oculus and its accessory partners, such as VR Cover and Logitech.
The only accessories you can pre-order for use alongside your shiny new Oculus Quest 2 at launch are the ones offered by Oculus and its partners, currently. So let’s look through what accessories are available and if you should pre-order them.
Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap
Pre-order: $49 USD from Oculus/Amazon
If you’re considering on purchasing a Quest 2, it’s highly likely that you might have heard about the very lacklustre default soft strap that comes with the headset. The Quest 2 weighs only 68grams lighter than the Quest, so its front-heavy weight will still be a common issue. The soft strap also does not cup the back of the head and the soft cloth material isn’t as rigid enough to support the weight of the Quest 2 as much as the plastic strap did on the original Quest.
Oculus has capitalised on this historic issue of the Quest by offering their own solution – the Quest 2 Elite Strap. Thanks to the quick removal of the side straps on the Quest 2, the installation of the Elite Strap is so quick and simple to install, it will make the scary thought of installing a FrankenQuest a long-distant memory.
The Quest 2 Elite Strap adds rigidity back to the whole structure of the Quest 2 headset, offering less wobble during fast activity and a much easier way to fit and adjust the headset for you and anyone else that may be wearing your Quest 2 headset.
Should you buy the Quest 2 Elite Strap?
If you are pre-ordering the Oculus Quest 2, I would add the Quest 2 Elite Strap to your basket now too. Its fairly cheap additional cost will appear insignificant to the amount of comfort and support this head strap will offer you. There will be a number of alternatives after launch, once more third-party accessory makers create an alternative version, some will feature counterbalance enhancements and also battery support. Which leads me on to…
Oculus Quest 2 Elite Battery Strap & Carrying Case
Pre-order: $129 from Oculus/Amazon
In a very odd move, Oculus is offering an alternative to the Elite Strap with the Quest 2 – the Elite Battery Strap and Carrying Case bundle for $129. You can only purchase this Elite Battery Strap along with the case and no on its own. It features the same framework of the Elite Strap, but with the addition of a bespoke battery compartment on the back of the head strap and there is a charging cable that runs from the battery at the back to the Quest 2 USB-C port on the left side.
Should you buy the Quest 2 Elite Battery Strap & Carrying Case Combo?
The Carrying Case retails separately for $49, so if you combine this and the Elite Strap cost of $49, you are basically paying $31 for the battery element of the Battery Strap, which isn’t too bad, as it will double your overall playtime. If you didn’t want to use the case, you are basically paying an extra $80 price difference to the Elite Strap. You could sell the case and get some of that back, but you have to ask yourself how important is an additional 2-hours of extra playing time and will you be using the case to make full use of this saving.
For me, I don’t think the Elite Battery Strap is worth it. Especially when I was dropping $399 already on a 256GB Quest 2 headset. But there is another reason – third-party head straps. Once the Quest 2 releases, we will see many alternative head straps become available. Some will come with much bigger batteries offering longer playtime. Some may also come with heavier back weight to truly counter the front weight of the Quest 2. So paying for the small addition of the Elite Strap made sense to me and then see what the weight feels like when it arrives and see what third-party and community makers do post-release of the Quest 2.
Oculus Quest 2 Carrying Case
Pre-order: $49 from Oculus/Amazon
The Quest 2 Carrying Case is the official case from Oculus made specifically for use with the Quest 2. Inside the case, you have enough room to carry the Quest 2 itself, its two Touch controllers, and also it has a size that will fit the more rigid Elite Strap too. Oddly, Oculus knows you will be buying the Elite Strap, else why isn’t the case smaller? With this size of case, there is probably enough space to fit other accessories, such as cables, battery packs and lens wipes.
Should you buy the Quest 2 Carrying Case?
I purchased the official Quest Carrying Case soon after owning my Quest, it was such a great looking case that oozed good quality and materials that I was happy to stow my Quest in. I stored many more things inside my official case, from battery packs, cables and batteries. But then as more accessories released on Quest, its footprint soon grew. Luckily, with VR Cover head straps, facial interfaces and grips on my Touch controllers attached, all these still managed to fit in my official case – but just barely.
As soon as you fit additional parts, like Halo straps, you will soon outgrow its case, and for me, after the first initial months my Quest soon found a new home elsewhere and the official case was left alone, cast aside as a glorified Quest cable and accessories case for items that I were no longer using.
So in light of this, I would say, unless you plan on keeping the Quest 2 in stock condition, avoid buying a case for now. See if you buy Quest 2 accessories in a few months, because if you do, a much bigger and accommodating case might be more suitable in fitting your accessorised Quest 2.
Oculus Quest 2 Fit Pack
Pre-order: $39 from Oculus/Amazon
Capitalising on historical issues with the original Quest, Oculus has released their Quest 2 Fit Pack. This pack features two alternate interchangeable facial interfaces that will allow you to find your ideal fit. The two sizes are best suited for wider and narrower face sizes, to help increase or reduce the padding between your face and the headset. In addition to this, a set of silicone light blockers are also bundled, which are used to prevent excess light from entering around the nose.
Should you buy the Quest 2 Fit Pack?
I’ve equipped a number of different face covers and facial interfaces on my Quest over the 1.5 years of its life. Most have added some level of improvement over the stock foam interface, but many have not lasted long on my Quest.
Thinner padding helps increase the field of view, whilst thicker padding helps add longterm comfort. So it really is a personal and physical view, especially when it comes to fitting on your face, everyone’s face is different. Light blockers are super handy for creating better immersion though, so for me, this is the only area worth looking into. But before you go and rush into pre-ordering the Fit Pack, consider the VR Cover accessory, below.
Oculus Link Cable
Order: $79 from Oculus/Amazon
With Oculus Link coming out of Beta and the Rift S being discontinued in 2021, the Quest 2 is looking like being Oculus’ main offering for PCVR gaming. With 90Hz coming at launch, support for 90Hz over Oculus Link at the end of the year, and a higher-resolution display on Quest 2 than on the Valve Index and RiftS, the low price and wireless standalone appeal of the Quest 2 make it a prime PCVR gaming headset.
Should you buy the Oculus Link Cable?
Currently, the Quest can handle the ~350mbps bandwidth that’s sent to it through any USB-C cable, including its own. Unfortunately, the Quest 2 comes with a much shorter cable, making Oculus Link physically impossible to play with, unless it’s a seated only VR experience.
So I would buy a cheaper USB-C cable until Oculus improves the Link cable experience, that will fully give good reason for its cost. There is also a wireless option via the Virtual Desktop app, and put it this way, since installing Virtual Desktop on my Quest I have never used a cable when playing Rift content over Oculus Link.
Oculus will no doubt bring ‘Air Link’, their official answer to Virtual Desktop, soon to the Quest. Wireless streaming is still possible with Quest 2, but Oculus would rather offer you a more stable and costly option for a little bit longer.
VR Cover Facial Interface & Foam Replacement Set for Quest 2
Pre-order October: $29 from Oculus/VRCover
Oculus has recently released “Oculus Ready” products from third-party makers. This is their way of working with key VR accessory makers by giving an official nod towards products made for the Quest 2.
The VR Cover face kit for Quest 2 is a bundle of face cover accessories that helps improve hygiene, immersion and comfort, thanks to a custom ergonomic solution from VR Cover.
Should I buy the VR Cover face kit for Quest 2?
VR Cover products are fantastic and they have been the most used accessories on my Quest. Its most recent v2 face cover is top-notch, and if the Quest 2 face kit is anything like this, it is a must-have accessory for your Quest 2.
I wouldn’t order one just yet though. I would first see what the stock Quest 2 cover and fit is lacking and see if this VR Cover interface kit solves any of these issues you’re having. It will be likely that the stock foam gives you ‘Quest Face’ still, a common issue with VR gaming, thanks to the front-heavy weight of the Quest. The VR Cover foam pads are always comfortable and the noise piece looks just like the material used in its v2 facial interface kit, so that will defiantly help with any light leaking under your nose and offer you a more customisable fit than the stock face cover.
Logitech PRO Gaming Headset for Quest 2
Pre-order: $100 from Oculus (US only at the moment)
The Logitech Pro Gaming Headset is another ‘Oculus Ready’ product. Featuring pro-grade gaming audio with memory-foam leatherette earpads that reduce outside noise, this plug-in headset is here to enhance the audio on the Quest 2 and help boost immersion in VR.
Should you buy Logitech Pro Gaming Headset for Quest 2?
Logitech has created two uninspiring products for the Quest 2 with their headset and earbuds (below). The Pro Gaming Headset is basically a standard headset, just with a shorter connecting cable, that doesn’t even offer a clip to neatly tuck it away!
It’s not on brand and its over-ear pads can be seen sitting partly around your ears and also over the Elite Strap (if you choose to fit this option). This will mean you probably are not getting a decent level of sound reduction from the earpads, and it could also add pressure and become uncomfortable. It’s clearly not built for Quest 2. Honestly, look elsewhere.
Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones for Quest 2
Pre-order: $50 from Oculus (US only at the moment)
The Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones for Quest 2 promises better immersion in VR with their in-ear dual-driver gaming audio, and custom-length cable and straps. They are white in colour, matching the Quest 2 aesthetic and some velcro straps keep its wired cable tucked away around your Quest 2.
Should you buy the Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones for Quest 2?
In-ear headphones are supper useful in enhancing immersion in VR. They isolate noise much better than overhead headsets, but usually at the cost of less audio quality and bass. They are lighter and more compact to stow away when not in use.
Once again, though, Logitech has created a disappointing set of in-ear earbuds here. Although I have not heard them, to assess their audio quality, it is going to be miles better than the built-in speakers. But my main issue with them is Logitech’s execution of them. They have basically grabbed any old Quest 2-branded white in-ear headphones off their product line and said ‘these will work just fine with the Quest 2.’ Other than the colour, and the velcro attachments, there isn’t any synergy between the headset and how the earphones have been designed. You can tell this straight away by how the cable runs awfully across the FRONT of the headset.
If we were asked, what everyone wanted from an audio partner for the Quest 2 was either a built-in audio solution in the Elite Strap or an attachable HTC Deluxe Audio Strap design that clips onto the Elite Strap. Instead, we have two very lacklustre options from Logitech here.