When you’re gaming on the move, battery life is very important. As a handheld console, the Nintendo Switch lasts for around 2.5-3 solid hours of gaming, or up to 6 hours of battery life when used between applications and games.

The yet to be released Oculus Quest is said to have a similar battery life to the Oculus Go, of around 2 hours. But without any real-life tests of the Oculus Quest it is hard to judge if this will be its actual battery life or whether you’ll be able to extend a few more minutes/hours of battery life when using less processor-hungry applications.

With its more power-hungry Snapdragon 845 processor, although it will be more efficient than the one found in the Go, it will also likely be clocked a little higher than its normal running speed found on mobile devices packing the same CPU.

It will no doubt consume the headset’s internal battery more than ever when you are gaming on it, whilst in tasks such as watching movies or playing pre-rendered experiences, it is likely that you will get more life out of the Quest. It is a gaming machine after all though, so don’t expect any more than 2-3 hours of game time from the VR headset.

It’s hopeful that the Quest will also allow charging through its built-in USB-C charging port by plugging in a portable powerbank. But until we get a Quest headsets in our hands it is unknown if this will be made possible. I am sure charging will be possible, albeit unendorsed by its maker, as it is on the Oculus Go.

If you wish to increase the average 2-hour game time on the Quest it will be a crucial way to greatly increase your game time with the headset, unless you wish to modify your Oculus Quest headset. With that said though, you may want to take a ‘charging’ break anyway if you’re playing for a solid 2 hours on the Quest – Give your eyes a break!