If you’ve recently bought an Oculus Quest or you’ve been gifted one as a present, then it’s likely you are reading this very article to learn about the best must have accessories for your new VR headset. You’re at the right place, read on…
I’ve been lucky enough to try all of these recommended accessories and I either use all of them regularly or permanently on my Oculus Quest. Each accessory listed below adds their own enhancements to either the comfort, safety, longevity or entertainment of the Oculus Quest headset and its controllers.
VR Cover Foam Interface & Basic Kit
The one issue you will likely encounter after a little use of your Oculus Quest is ‘Quest Face’. This name describes the red pressure marks that occur around your forehead and/or cheekbones from the stock foam facial interface. This is usually caused by a poorly fitted headstrap, but event after a long session you simply can’t avoid it. Luckily this effect can be reduced with our first recommended accessory, the Foam Interface & Basic Kit from VR Cover.
Featuring two foam replacement pads and a replacement facial interface, you simply remove your stock interface, replace it with the VR Cover and select which padded pleather surround fits your face best and stick it onto the hook and loop system around the VR Cover facial interface.
VR Cover Cotton Cover
If you are on a budget and prefer a less scratchy stock foam facial interface, you can buy a pair of these cotton covers from VR Cover. Simply apply one of the pair over your stock foam interface to give a softer feel to your Quest foam padding and it may cause less ‘Quest Face’ marks after a long session.
The cotton covers are also a hygienic way to use your Quest with others, or just yourself, because it comes as a pair, so one can be washed while you use the other. Moister is kept on the breathable cotton Cover and reduces any sweat from leaking into the stock foam interface.
This cotton cover can also be used on our first recommendation, the VR Cover Foam Interface & Basic Kit, meaning you get both extra padded comfort and soft cotton cover if you do not like your skin sticking to the pleather material.
The Oculus Quest Touch controllers come with wrist straps by default, which over time can feel like a nuisance having to put them on each time, especially when demoing the Quest with other people. Also, if your playing for long sessions the controllers can get sweaty over time. The Mamut grips allow you the option to remove these wrist straps for a more easier system that simply involves you sliding your fingers through a looped lace system that goes over your knuckles.
You may not think you need such an accessory, but as soon as you try it, you will never want to go back to anything different. Not only does the Mamut grips keep your controllers safe from flying across the room
Official Oculus Quest Travel Case
Thanks to the portability of the Oculus Quest, it’s likely you will want to take it around to friends and family to share how great it is. So you’ll need a case to keep that $399-$499 piece of tech safe whilst on the move.
I think Oculus has absolutely nailed it with this case. It’s so well suited to the Quest that the case is compact as you can get when stowing your Quest inside a travel case. Sure, there are plenty of cheaper cases out there, but they are mostly much more bulkier than this official design, which is also important if you have to put this case inside a travel bag or suitcase.
This case fits in everything that comes with the Quest, and a lot more. You can fit lens covers, cloths, additional battery packs, more AA batteries for your controllers, it’s generally surprising what extra gear you can fit in this close forming travel case.
Anker USB-C PD Power Bank
If you find yourself running out of battery quite regularly, leaving you out of the VR oasis, you should consider buying a portable battery pack. I am sure the sales of these battery packs increased since the Quest released, as many enthusiasts keep their Quest topped up with a plugged-in battery stowed away in their back pocket or conveniently attached to the back of the Quest as a charging counter weight.
There are many power bank out there, all with various ports on them, battery sizes and physical sizes too. Personally, I found Anker to be the best power bank makers around, they may cost a little more than some cheaper less known brands, but I find you do get a better build quality with Ankers casing and battery cells that hold their charge well and they do not discharge as often as cheaper brands.
You need a power bank with the latest USB-C connection to get the best charging speeds to your Quest. Anker does two types of this kind of battery, the first is the Anker PowerCore 10000 PD and a much larger Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD power bank. Considering the Quest has a battery capacity of 3648mAh, you will get 2.7x full charges from the smaller, cheaper and lighter Anker 10000mAh battery. If you want a heavier battery for a counterweight to the Quest, you can try the Anker PowerCore Speed 20000 PD with a few Velcro straps to keep it in place and stow the charging cable along the side the head strap.
VR can be a sultry experience, however, Oculus has allowed the ability for the Quest to stream your VR experiences to a mobile device or tablet screen via its Oculus App, but with such a small screen display it can be a problem for large parties to see what exactly is going on. Thankfully the Quest can also cast to a Google Chromecast, meaning you can share your VR experiences to a larger TV display.
The Google Chromecast is currently the best way to show off your Quest gaming to other people around you on a larger TV display. There are a number of other, less supported ways to get your Quest onto a TV display, but using a Chromecast simply works out of the box and has fewer stability issues or hurdles to jump through.
You can use a 3rd Generation Chromecast as well as a Chromecast Ultra, which carries more processing power and also has the ability to stream other content in 4K Ultra HD. All generations and types of Chromecast require a power cable to be plugged into the device, so be sure you have a spare power socket nearby to power it, as well as an HDMI cable to connect it to a spare HDMI port on your TV.
BEWARE OF INCORRECTLY ADVERTISED CHROMECAST DEVICES – There are a number of devices selling Amazon and eBay that state and look like they are Chromecasts, however, they are not actual Google Chromecast devices. So make sure you check that the device is a Google product, and if unsure make sure you buy from our links below or buy from a reputable online or high street store.
If there is one thing that has me paranoid when I have my Oculus Quest outside of its case, it is protecting my Quest internal lenses. Whether it’s making sure the magnifying lenses are facing away from a sunny open window, to remembering to place a loose cloth inside the facial interface to protect them from being scratched, making sure your lenses are covered and protected can be a constant worry for anyone being careful of their $399-$499 Oculus Quest headset.
Browsing eBay and Etsy you can find a growing number of sellers 3D printing what they think is their best solution to protecting the Oculus Quest internal lenses. Yet it was this one in particular from BaptieWright 3D that caught my attention the most.
Currently, this Oculus Quest Lens Cover/Protector retails for $18.00 (plus shipping for anyone outside of the USA) this cover is simple, yet it has been crafted well enough that it fits very well inside the stock interface of the Oculus Quest – it even fits ok inside the replacement facial interface from VR Cover too.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
If you experience fogging on your Quest lenses or they get smeared from stray fingers when putting the Quest on or off your head, then a decent lens cloth helps keep your vision clear and free from obstructions.
It is recommended that do not use the sleeve of your shirt or any abrasive fabric that could end up lightly scratching the stock lenses on your Quest. I recommend that you use a microfiber cloth that has the ability to carry less abrasive particles or loose fibers in the cloth.
Many devices come with small free microfibre cloths, however, it was a surprise to me that the Quest didn’t come with one in its packaging – they are so cheap! So fishing out a clean cloth or buying a new microfibre cleaning cloth and having it close to hand when your play on your Quest is a good behaviour to adopt.
Spectrashell OQ9 Earbuds
The oculus Quest has some surprisingly good external speakers, but sometimes you might not want to entertain others in the same room or that you might what to improve your in-game immersion by wearing a pair of earphones.
It’s likely you already have some 3.5mm headphones that you can use with the Quest, perhaps from your smartphone, but many of them have long cables that can get in the way during a physically active gaming session. Cables get tangled and it easily draws you out of the game when this happens.
The in-ear headphones from Spectrashell has been built speci
The Spectrashell earphones are a great sounding pair of earphones that come in at half the cost of the official Oculus branded headphones. They come with a set of small, medium and large ear tips to suit your ear canal, which allows for better down deadening and improves overall bass response.
Short USB-C to USB-C Cable
The stock USB-C charging cable that comes with the Oculus Quest is a generously long length that’s ideal if you wish to play and charge from a plug socket at the same time, but at times you just want to plug and charge from a desktop or laptop port, sync your Quest to side load apps and games from SideQuest, or connect to a battery pack that’s located in your clothes pocket or mounted to the back of your Quest
The Anker Powerline II U
Velcro Straps & Headband
If you are considering to mod your Quest with any of these accessories, some require velcro straps to earn the best functionality whilst maintaining the Quest’s good looks.
There are two types of straps you might need for the Quest. The first is a 1-inch strap that can be used to secure battery packs to your headset strap, or be used to connect your Quest to the top head strap of the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap. It’s also good to strap up loose cables that you may bring along with your Quest.
The second is a much wider Velcro strap that’s used to support your head strap more and improve the general comfort of your Quest during long use. There are plenty of sellers online selling pretty much the same strap, so I would go for the cheapest.