March saw a few tidbits come to the Quest platform. At the early part of the month we heard about 120Hz support being rumoured to come to Quest in March, but Facebook/Oculus soon reversed that by changing its release window to Q2 2021 at the earliest.
Good news for PCVR and owners of the Oculus Quest 2, in that the Quest 2 was most used headset on Valve’s Steam platform for PCVR, after just 5 months since its launch. Owning 22.91% of uses on Steam against 21.58% of the Rift S and 16% of the Valve Index, the Quest 2 has edged into the lead as the most used VR headset on Steam.
Oculus has always been tight-lipped about its Oculus Quest sales figures, so any small bit of news to estimate the total sales of Oculus Quest hardware doesn’t go amiss. It was said that the Oculus App surpassed 5 million installs in March, meaning a large number of people on Android alone have the reason to download the app, most likely for use with their own headset. Considering you can cast the headset to the app, you might find multiple users of a single headset might be a thing, so take that 5 million with a pinch of salt.
If the words of Zuckerberg are anything to go by, expect future Quests to maintain a low cost of entry price. Mark Zuckerberg was featured in an interview in March saying that competitors will struggle to compete with them (Oculus) due to their strategy to maintain a low cost entry point for their VR headsets. Hopefully the Quest 3 and beyond do not get any significant cost cutting, as we had seen with the Quest 2. Time will tell…
In the same interview, Mark also mentioned that they are looking ahead towards the Quest 3 and 4 headsets and the features they may contain. With software features changing every few weeks, one element that Mark was particularly excited for is the inclusion of eye tracking and face tracking on Quest for use with avatars and enhancing communication in VR.
Fans of more games can be excited with the amount of App Lab releases in just the few weeks it has been available since last month. There are now 100 App Labs available on Quest, which is crazy and shows the commitment to bringing more experiences to the Quest.
Finally, some code in the Quest platform was uncovered for a Guardian intrusion detection hidden on Quest. This dormant, yet to be announced and released feature on the Quest shows to allow objects of certain sizes to display when they enter into your guardian. How this is shown is set to be known, with the feature not being able to be seen apart from the various dialogues that have been discovered in the software.
We got our hands on some new accessories for Quest in March. We picked up two new grips with knuckle straps and we covered two head strap accessories from VR Cover and AMVR. You can check out our reviews of their accessories for Quest on our YouTube channel.
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Quest Game Releases in March
If App Lab releases didn’t keep you busy, there were a few highlight releases on the official Quest store in March as well as a number of updates for existing games.
Our favourite puzzle game, Cubism, received an update that offers hand-tracking support. Now is a good time to pick up the game and play with the various puzzle cubes with your own hands.
Beat Saber released its OST 4, with a handful of free new beat maps to play through, which is always welcome and so under-supported for the amount of money it is earning each month.
The much anticipated The Climb 2 released on the Quest in March. Bringing pretty much the same game to the platform, it wasn’t a surprise to see the dust settle so fast on that one. Zombieland: Headshot Fever came out of no where and it was another on-rails shooter but it manages to play pretty well in VR and potential buys should just ignore the movie tie-in, as its a capable shooter on the Quest. You can checkout my Zombieland review video here.
Fans of horror and sci-fi will be interested in a new game in March, called Cosmodread. From the Developer of Dreadhalls, this game brings Deadspace vibes with plenty of scares as you explore this immersive roguelike game.
Top 20 Top-Selling
So let’s look at this week’s top 20 chart positions on the Oculus Quest Store.
- Beat Saber (1)
- Virtual Desktop (3)
- Onward (4)
- SUPERHOT VR (2)
- POPULATION: ONE (6)
- The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners (7)
- Job Simulator (10)
- GORN (5)
- Vader Immortal: Episode I (8)
- The Trill of the Fight (9)
- The Climb 2 (New Entry)
- Eleven Table Tennis (12)
- Richie’s Plank Experience (13)
- Vader Immortal: Episode III (15)
- Five Nights as Freddy’s: Help Wanted (Re-Entry)
- Pistol Whip (Re-Entry)
- Vader Immortal: Episode II (17)
- Walkabout Mini Golf (Re-Entry)
- Creed: Rise to Glory (Re-Entry)
- Arizona Sunshine (19)
The number in the (bracket) is the game’s position in the previous month.
Tune in at the end of next month as we look at the movers and shakers of the Oculus Store Top-Selling.