How to improve the battery life of Oculus Quest

A fully charged internal battery of Oculus Quest lasts for around 2 to 3 hours. Aside from using an external battery pack, you can still do some things to improve the battery life of Oculus Quest.

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Turn off when it’s not in use

Simply, turn off the headset when it’s not in use. Don’t confuse “turning off” and “sleep mode” or “standby mode.” The processor in Oculus Quest is the same as one used in various recent Android smartphones. So, there are many similarities between Oculus Quest and Android devices. However, unlike smartphones, a VR headset doesn’t have to be in standby mode while it’s not in use. Just turn it off, and it will save the power of batter. There are two methods.

Method#1: Keep wearing the headset and hold down the power button for 3 seconds. You will see a popup window that prompts you to select either “Cancel”, “Restart”, or “Power off”. Click “Power off” to turn it off.

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Method#2 Hold down the power button for around 5 seconds, and it forces to shut down the headset. It’s convenient in a situation like that you already taken off the headset, packed up the controllers, etc. However, it’s important to make sure the headset turned off. Next, it shows how to check if it’s off.

How to check if the headset turned off

To check the headset is off by pressing the power button. When the headset is turned off, just pressing the power button doesn’t do anything. (Holding down the power button turns it on.) If it’s not turned off but in a sleep mode, pressing the power button will turn on the display.

You may also touch the proximity sensor to see if it’s off. The proximity sensor is between the lenses. It detects the presence of nearby objects. When you wear the headset, the sensor detects your face and knows that you’re wearing the headset. When the headset is turned off, the proximity sensor is turned off as well. There is no response whatsoever. However, when it’s in sleep mode, it turns on the display when you touch the sensor. You don’t have to put on the headset. Just touching by a finger will do. If the settings of Auto Wake-Up (see next) is disabled, it doesn’t respond whether the headset is on or off.

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Disable Auto Wake-Up to avoid an accidental wakeup

“Auto Wake-up” is the settings for automatically waking up the headset from sleep mode when you wear the headset. By this settings is off, you can avoid an accidental wakeup. So it could save some battery. You can wake up the headset from sleep mode by pressing the power button, and it’s the only way to wake up with Auto Wake-Up disabled.

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Set Auto Sleep in 15 seconds

“Auto Sleep” is the settings for automatically going to sleep mode when there is no activity for a certain period of time. By default, it’s set in 15 seconds. You can choose among 15s, 1m, 3m, 5m, and 15m. Let’s leave it the default setting of 15 seconds. I don’t think there is a need for leaving the display on for a long time when you are not wearing the headset. And, keep in mind that pressing the power button briefly makes the headset go into sleep mode immediately.

As I mentioned earlier, don’t confuse “turning off” and “sleep mode” or “standby mode.” Auto Sleep makes the headset go into sleep mode, never turning off. Unless you take a short rest during gameplay, you should turn off the headset.

Turn off WiFi

Some apps and games don’t require an internet connection to play after they are downloaded and installed on the headset. Turning off WiFi saves the battery.

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Do Not Disturb to mute all notifications

Constantly receiving notifications will drain the battery. Enable “Do Not Disturb” to mute the notifications. If you play an app or game that doesn’t require an internet connection, just turn off WiFi, and you won’t receive notifications regardless of the setting of Do Not Disturb.

Lower the volume

Although the speakers consumed much less power of battery than the display, lowering the volume can save some battery, too.

Conclusion

The most important thing to improve the battery life of Oculus Quest is to know how to use the power button properly and the meanings of all settings. Holding down the power button turns the headset on or off. Pressing the power button makes the headset sleep or wakes it up. Unless you are taking a short rest during gameplay, you should turn off the headset. And several settings helps to improve the battery life of Oculus Quest, too.

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Oculus Quest Tips and Tricks

It’s been a few months since the Oculus Quest’s release. A truly all-in-one VR headset offers an untethered complete freedom experience as promised. There are some things that you can enjoy more and make the most use of a standalone VR headset. Here are some Oculus Quest tips and tricks.


AmazonBasics PSVR travel case fits Oculus Quest with a small modification

Oculus released the original travel case along with the headset. But this travel case has been sold out quickly, and as long as I know, at the time of writing it has never been restocked. Amazon has an original travel case for a PSVR headset. With a little modification, Oculus Quest fits perfectly in this travel case. What you need to do is to make cuts on each side where the head straps sit. Just cut deep enough to make the head straps slide into them.

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There are compartments for the controllers, USB cable, wall adapter, and some small additional accessories. It’s less expensive than the Oculus official travel case. The drawback, however, is that the case is unnecessarily thick because it’s made for a PSVR headset, which has a bulky headband. If you prefer a flat one, take a look at these cases.

Install SideQuest for more apps and games, adding customs songs to Beat Saber

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SideQuest is the platform of community that third-party developers can share and test apps and games they create. You can download and install apps and games that are not available in the Oculus Store. You can also add customs songs to Beat Saber with SideQuest. This post tells you how to install SideQuest and how to add custom songs to Beat Saber.

Disable Guardian if you have an open space

If you have an open space that doesn’t have any obstacles like walls, furniture, or anything, you can completely disable the Guardian. To do so, you need to enable Developer mode. If you install SideQuest, this procedure must be familiar to you. But for those who have never done before, here is the procedure.

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  • Open “Settings” of the Oculus mobile app
  • Tap “Oculus Quest xxx(serial number)xxx”
  • Tap “More Settings” and “Developer Mode”
  • Tap the slider to enable “Developer Mode”
  • Next, put on the headset, open “Settings” and click “See all”
  • Click “Developer”
  • Click the toggle switch to disable Guardian.

Use PopSockets and Mount to attach an external battery on the back of the head strap

Oculus Quest battery lasts between 2 to 3 hours. If you want to play continuously more than that, you can buy and connect an external battery pack. Instead of using a USB cable and wall adapter which is included as accessories in the box, using an external battery allows you to move freely and don’t ruin the Oculus Quest’s main feature of complete wireless.

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If you put it in your back pocket, you need a relatively long USB cable. Some people use PopSocket and Mount. They are mostly used for mounting a smartphone on the dashboard of the car, but they suit nicely as if they were made for this purpose as well. If you use PopSocket and Mount, 1-foot cable would be long enough.

Use rechargeable batteries for Touch Controllers

The Touch Controller is powered by an AA battery. Since I bought the Oculus Quest a few months ago, I have changed batteries so many times that I can’t remember. Instead of using disposable batteries, it’s convenient and eco-friendly to use rechargeable batteries. Just get 4-pack of rechargeable batteries and charger. Most chargers can charge 2 or 4 batteries at the same time. So, while 2 are using, other 2 can get charged. Thus, you always have a couple of spare batteries.

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If you use the headset somewhere away from home and there is no electric outlet, you may consider these type of rechargeable batteries. Each battery has a Micro USB port to charge directly from a USB cable. You can charge them from an external battery pack. And there is no charger to carry around. All it needs is a USB cable. The drawback of these batteries is that they have less capacity than conventional rechargeable batteries.

Using Google Chromecast to share VR experiences with your friends and family

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Virtual reality tends to be isolated from the real world. When you are with your friends or family, you may want to share the experiences by casting to your TV. You need the 3rd generation or Ultra to cast Oculus Quest to your TV. After setting up Chromecast with Google Home mobile app, tap the cast icon on the top of the Oculus mobile app. And select your Oculus Quest as a “Cast From” and your Chromecast as a “Cast To” device. Please note that 1st and 2nd generation of Chromecast don’t work for casting Oculus Quest. The 3rd gen or Ultra is compatible with this feature.

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How to add custom songs to Beat Saber

Beat Saber is one of the most popular VR games on Oculus Quest. All you do in the game is to slash cubes with lightsabers and dodge bombs and obstacles to the rhythm of the music. It’s simple but addictive. There are around 20 songs come with a purchase of the game. Currently, two 10-song packages are available to purchase for $12.99 each. Wouldn’t you like to want more songs to play? Thankfully, third-party developers have created custom songs and apps to download them. Here are the steps of how to add Beat Saber custom songs to Oculus Quest

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To add to customs songs to Beat Saber, you need a sideloading program called SideQuest. Once you set up SideQuest, not only can you add custom songs to Beat Saber, but you can also download games and apps that are not available in Oculus Store.

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Step 1: Enable Oculus developer account

Step 2: Download and install ADB drivers

Step 3: Enable Developer Mode

  • Open “Settings” of the Oculus mobile app
  • Tap “Oculus Quest 1xxxxxxxx(serial#)”, “More Settings”, and “Developer Mode”
  • Tap the toggle switch to enable Developer Mode

Step 4: Install SideQuest on PC

Step 5: Connect SideQuest with Oculus Quest

  • Connect Oculus Quest to your PC via a USB-C cable
  • Put on the headset (look at the VR display)
  • Click “OK” to allow USB debugging (check the box to always allow from this computer)

Now your Oculus Quest is ready for sideloading. The apps and games you see in SideQuest available for download and installing on Oculus Quest. If you obtain APK files from somewhere else, click “My Repos” and drag and drop the APK file to that window.

Step 6: Install BeatOn on Oculus Quest

BeatOn is a sideload app for Beat Saber. Once you install it on Oculus Quest, you can download and add custom songs without connecting to your PC. So, you still need to keep connecting the USB-C cable until BeatOn is installed.

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  • Click the BeatOn button at the top of SideQuest window
  • Toggle it to “On”, and the installation automatically starts.
  • Once it’s done, put on the headset
  • Go to “Library”
  • Open “Unknown Sources” and then “SideQuest – TV”
  • Find BeatOn and open

BeatOn prompts you to reinstall Beat Sabar so it will modify the game and work with it. Don’t worry about your high scores. The scores are backed up automatically and they will show up in the game after reinstallation.

  • Click “Continue”, “Uninstall Beat Saber”, and “OK”
  • Click “Install Modified Beat Saber”

Now, it’s all set. You can detach USB-C cable.

How to add custom songs

  • Open “Library”, “Unknown Sources”, and “SideQuest – TV”
  • Launch BeatOn
  • Scroll down to see the custom songs
  • Click a down-arrow icon on each song you want to download

When it finishes downloading, you will a red button saying “Sync to Beat Saber” at the top right. Click the button

When it finishes syncing, the red button changes to blue and says “Start Beat Saber.” Click the button to start playing. You see the downloaded songs in Custom Maps section in Beat Saber.

Unless you want to add new custom songs, you don’t have to launch the BeatOn app. The songs you downloaded and synced stay in Beat Saber app. Next time, you can simply launch Beat Saber to play any songs.

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With BeatOn, you can fully organize the songs, such as creating new sections, changing the logo, make playlists, and so on.

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Oculus Quest, Go, Gear VR Update Build 7.0 now Bluetooth Keyboard support

Oculus has released an update for Quest, Go and GearVR. Oculus Quest has received improvements the most from this update. For example, you can now pair and use a Bluetooth keyboard, and the tracking of Touch Controllers gets better. Visit Oculus forum post to see the original release notes of the Update Build 7.0.

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General Settings

The overall audio experience is enhanced, and you can now turn off and on the microphone. A search bar is available throughout windows, so you don’t need to go back to the home screen and click “Search” on the lower right-hand corner. There is a new section called “Experiments” in the settings. You can now pair and use a Bluetooth keyboard and gamepad.

Guardian (Quest)

You can adjust the sensitivity of the Guardian system. Open the settings and click the “Guardian” section. You will see the slider for the adjustment. You can select “Advanced” settings to make adjustments of the headset and controller individually, as well as distance and speed separately into consideration. At default, it’s in “Simple”. You can also adjust the height of the floor without resetting the Guardian. Lastly, you can set multiple Guardians in the same room and switch between them. After you set them up, just enter any Guardian you have created, click confirm, and start playing.

Keyboard

You can now pair and use a Bluetooth keyboard with the headset. Not only a keyboard, but you may also use other Bluetooth devices. To pair a Bluetooth device, go to settings, click “Experiments”, and find your device from the list and click it. Your device needs to be in pairing mode. The rest of the procedures vary by Bluetooth devices. For some device, you don’t have to anything. For some devices, you have to enter the code displays on the headset.

Store

In the Oculus Store, there is now a filter by price, comfort level, and genre to narrow down the search for apps or games. It saves you time. If you aren’t ready to purchase an app or game, you can save it for later by putting in your wishlist.

Touch Controller

The tracking of Touch Controllers has been improved when they are close to the headset and in under-hand throwing motions. It also reduced reconnecting time. And, you can use both controllers simultaneously. You can now see two cursors throughout the windows. When you use a virtual keyboard, you can type faster and more easily.

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Conclusion

There are details of the improvements from this update that I found important and useful. There are some more like profile, feed, and notifications. Visit Oculus forum post to see the original release notes of the Update Build 7.0.

It’s only a few months after the release of Oculus Quest and Rift S. This update is a good indication that the company has been taking our feedbacks and reviews seriously and quickly reflected by this update.

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The best VR games for Oculus Quest in 2019

Oculus Quest has been released. As compared with the Rift or HTC Vive, it lacks quality of graphics. But, An untethered standalone VR headset provides complete freedom which makes up for the lack of graphics. Although game titles are still few, there are many great games available to purchase. Here are the best VR games for Oculus Quest in 2019.

Beat Saber ($29.99)

Beat Saber is one of the top-selling VR games. It’s been already a hit in other platforms like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and PlayStation VR. The game for the Quest was released along with the hardware, and it became the most popular game.

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Beat Saber is a rhythm game. In the game, you have two different colors of lightsabers in each hand. You have to slash cubes coming at you with them. The cubes are also in two different colors with arrows. You have to slash them with the lightsaber matched with the color and the direction. It’s simple but highly addictive.

There are around 20 songs included with a purchase of the game for $29.99, and each song has 5 different levels. It doesn’t require an internet connection to play. But, with the internet connection, your scores will be automatically updated in the ranking every time you complete a song. You can compete for the score with all players around the world.

The developer is adding the new songs to the game. There have been 10 additional songs (Monstercat music pack vol 1) for $12.99. And, 10 new songs (Imagine Dragons) are available now for $12.99. You can purchase each song for $1.99. But, I think it’s a little expensive. You can purchase the new songs through the headset, a mobile app, or the website. But, somehow, the 10-song package price is available to purchase through the headset only.

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Vader Immortal: Episode I ($9.99)

Vader Immortal: Episode I is an adventure game which gives you experiences in the world of Star Wars. Instead of watching characters in the movies, the story is happening around you. You can experience lightsaber battles and even get to know how it feels like when you come face to face with Darth Vader.

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There are many other interactions like climbing ladders, break a jail cell, etc. However, there is no much of the gaming element. You never die or fail in the game. The story just continues on and on after you do something. The story is about 45 minutes. Honestly, it’s short for the price of $9.99.

However, there is a sub-game called Lightsaber Dojo. You can hone your skill of Lightsaber. There are 40 levels to complete. The untethered VR headset is suitable for this training because enemies (drones) attacks are coming from all around 360 degrees. The next episode is coming soon. There are three episodes in total.

Superhot VR ($24.99)

Superhot VR is an action shooting game. You have to hit enemies by punching or with guns, ninja’s throwing stars or anything that you can grab and throw.

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Enemies try to kill by punching or with a gun as well. You are alone. In all stages, you are outnumbered. It seems you are always in a desperate situation. However, you have a special ability. You can control time. Time stops when you are not moving. Any movement you make, the time restarts. The faster you move, the faster the time goes, and so do enemies.

Take advantage of this, assess the situation and which enemies you have to take care of first. Even when the enemy fired a gun, you can dodge the bullet. Out of bullets? Don’t give up. there still is a way to survive. Let the enemies come close enough to snatch their guns and shoot them with their guns.

Robo Recall: Unplugged ($29.99)

Robo Recall is a first-person shooting game. Your task in the game is to do a product recall. The products, however, are robots which wield weapons and got out of control. Thus, you need to shut them down.

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Shoot them down with various weapons. You have an unlimited supply of ammo, but each clip has a limit. When it is out of ammo, toss it to the ground and pull a new fully loaded weapon from the holster. Touch controllers work seamlessly a series of actions. You can even grab a robot and tear it apart, or pluck a bullet and toss it back.

It has been around on other platforms and has positive reviews. Now that the game is available on the Quest, you no longer have to worry about the cables tethered to the headset. The Quest’s complete wireless feature allows you to enjoy a full of thrill and freshness.

Drop Dead: Dual Strike Edition ($14.99)

Drop Dead is a zombie apocalypse shooting game. The original version was released for Gear VR in 2016 and for the Rift in 2017. The story remains the same. You are in the time of zombie apocalypse. You and the former CIA agents should survive in the attacks of zombies and stop the mad scientist Dr. Monday, who is responsible for the zombie apocalypse.

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Dual Strike edition allows you to wield two weapons in each hand. The weapons are not only guns but also melee weapons like baseball bats, scythes, axes, and pitchforks. You can even hit back spitter slime.

Drop Dead: Dual Strike is Cross-buy title. If you purchase this game for the Quest, you can get the Rift version for free or vise Versa. Cross-play between Rift and Quest is also supported.

Moss ($29.99)

VR games are not only for categories of sports, shooting, horror, or any other genre of first-person playing games. Moss proved that. Moss is an action-adventure puzzle game. The main character of the game is a tiny white mouse named Quill. You take control of Quill with Touch controller. Quill jumps, climbs up cliffs, and combats with enemies by slashing a sword, but most of the gameplay is to solve puzzles to find ways through.

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While you control Quill, you also have a magical power over the world of Moss, such as moving blocks and capturing the enemies to help Quill’s adventure. If you see only screenshots of gameplay, you may wonder why this game has to be VR. It’s true, it looks like you could play on TV. However, thanks to VR, you can interact a lot with the world inside the game. Sometimes, you need to lean and peak the area that may have clues for solving the puzzles. Sometimes, you need to move blocks or control the enemies by reaching hand and pulling and pushing. These are the experiences that only VR games can provide.

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You can watch Amazon Prime Video on VR headset now

Amazon has launched its streaming app for some VR headsets. Prime Video VR is free and available for GearVR, Oculus Go, and Oculus Quest. You can watch prime videos on those VR headsets.

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It’s good for prime members who regularly watch prime videos. There have been other video VR apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTubeVR for an almost entire time since the debut of VR headset, but this is the first VR app from Amazon.

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The benefit of using a VR headset to watch videos is that you can watch them on a big virtual screen. When you play a video, you are in a theater. you can choose three different sizes of the screen. And you have the option to switch to the screen-only mode that you can move the screen wherever you like it to be, so you can always bring it to the front of you. For example, you lie down in bed with your face up, move the screen to the front as if you have a big screen TV on the ceiling.

If you have Oculus Quest, the feature of six-degree of freedom is available in some areas in the app. I found that in the home screen and the theater. It’s up to you to move to the aisle seat or back to the end row. You may find something interesting when you walk around. But I don’t know and I can’t even walk around because my room is so small to explore the virtual home town and theater.

In addition to watching prime videos, there are ten 360-degree videos at launch. A familiar Asteroids! and Invasion! by baobab studios are included. All of these are free to watch. I hope Amazon adds more 360-degree videos.

There are a few things for the app to need to be improved. First VR contents are few. It should be more. It’s been several years now since the first edition of GearVR was released. Other video streaming apps have existed for years as well. Why didn’t Amazon prepare for more VR contents during the time? Second, there is no 3D movies or videos. VR headsets are useful for not only 360-degree videos but also 3D movies.

As a Prime member myself, the launch of Prime Video VR is definitely good news. I’m going to use the app from time to time. However, considering that it’s been quite a while since VR’s debut, I think Amazon should have had more VR contents like 360 videos or 3D movies at launch.

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Oculus Quest Travel Case Comparison

Oculus Quest is a standalone VR headset. It provides a room-scale VR experience without any external sensors. It allows you to take it to somewhere else, set up quickly, and enjoy. There is a problem when you carry it around. Oculus Quest doesn’t come with a travel case. All-in-one design headset contains a processor in itself as well as all other components such as a display and tracking sensors. They are delicate and require appropriate protection. And also, VR lenses are free from contacts of any objects to avoid scratches. There are many types of cases and bags on the market. Here is a comparison of the most popular Oculus Quest travel cases.

Oculus Quest Travel Case

Oculus Quest Travel Case is an official softshell case by Oculus. The Oculus’s logo is on the flap. The case provides a snug fit with minimal padding. It has double zippers and a strap to handle the case.

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  • Dimensions: 11.8″ x 8.1″ x 5.1″
  • Weight: 15.8 oz

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Double zippers

Cons

  • Not much room for additional accessories

The official Oculus Quest travel case has dedicated areas for a headset, controllers, charging cable, and wall adapter. You may be able to put a small portable battery pack but not large size headphones. If you want just a case, not a bag, this is probably the best one.

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Esimen Carrying Case

Esimen Carrying Case is a softshell case with a sturdy handle with double zippers. The controllers are stored vertically. Inside, there is a Velcro strap for the headset and elastic bands for the controllers to secure the components. It includes an accessory pouch for a charging cable and wall adapter.

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  • Dimension: 11.1″ x 9.4″ x 6.3″
  • Weight 15.2 oz

Pros

  • Compact and small
  • Double zipper
  • Sturdy handle

Cons

  • Too round
  • Too tall
  • No dedicated compartment for accessories
  • Not much room for additional accessories

Esimen Carrying Case is compact. However, it has more height because the controllers are stored vertically. So, the overall shape is round. It looks a bit strange. Carrying Case includes an accessories pouch for charging cable and wall adapter. There is no dedicated area or strap to secure the pouch. Instead, you place it in a space inside. It may have enough room for a small portable battery pack but not for large size headphones.

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Esimen Fashion Travel Case

Esimen Fashion Travel Case is a flat rectangular softshell. You can use it as not only a case but also a shoulder bag. In addition to a carry handle, there is a detachable shoulder strap. It equips an internal belt to secure the controllers and double zipper to open quickly, The inside of the flap has zippered pockets. It has a dedicated area for the headset, controllers, charging cable, wall adapter, and glass spacer, plus additional room for some accessories.

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  • Dimension: 14.2″ x 9.4″ x 3.9″
  • Weight: 11.2 oz

Pros

  • Shoulder bag design
  • Internal zippered pockets
  • Some room for additional accessories
  • Adjustable and detachable shoulder strap
  • Lens protection pad included
  • Charging cable strap included

Cons

  • Not enough room for large size accessories

Esimen Fashion Travel Case has a good design. A rectangular shape with a should strap looks cool and natural in public. It includes a lens protection pad and charging cable strap. There is some extra room for additional accessories, but it may not be big enough for large size accessories.

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Insignia Virtual Reality Gear Backpack

Insignia Virtual Reality Gear Backpack looks a plain and ordinary backpack on the outside, but it’s designed to store electronics in the inside. It has a lot of cushioning, and the main compartment is customizable for the headset and controllers. The subcompartment has multiple pockets for charging cable, wall charger, battery, and more. The outer zipped pocket is for something you need to access frequently. There is a meshed pocket on each side.

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  • Dimension: 14″ x 8″ x 6″
  • Weight: 1.1 lb

Pros

  • Backpack design
  • Customizable compartment
  • Extra room for additional accessories
  • Can be used for other electronics

Cons

  • Not suitable for storage

Insignia backpack is veritable. It looks an ordinary backpack, but it’s very functional and practical for carrying electronics. The main compartment is easily customizable for the headset and controllers. It has extra room for additional accessories. As you can see, it’s a backpack, not a case for storage.

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Casematix Carry Case

Casemaxtix Carry Case is a hard shell carrying case. It offers superior protection against impacts, drops, etc. The internal foam is pre-cut so you can customize compartments easily. There is an extra room for additional accessories.

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  • Dimension: 16″ x 13″ x 6″
  • Weight: 2.5 lb

Pros

  • High protection
  • Pre-cut internal foam for easy customization
  • Extra room for additional accessories
  • Can be used for other electronics

Cons

  • Having to carry in hand

Casematix Carry Case is the sturdiest construction among the cases or bag in this post. On the other hand, it’s the largest and heaviest case, and it doesn’t fit in daypacks or other small to medium sized bags. The only option to carry is to hold it in your hand. Pre-cut foams are easy to customize. It also means that you can use it for other electronics. The case has enough room for large size accessories.

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The best Oculus Quest accessories on Amazon

Oculus Quest was finally released. I believe you enjoy room-scale VR experiences with an untethered standalone headset. After weeks of usage, you may think of the need for some additional items for the headset. Here are the best Oculus Quest accessories on Amazon.com.

Energizer Rechargeable AA and AAA Battery Charger

Touch Controllers come with the Oculus Quest VR headset. And each controller is powered by an AA battery. If you are using regular disposable batteries, you are going to need lots of them.

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Energizer Rechargeable battery charger comes with 4 AA rechargeable batteries. You can charge two or four batteries at the same time. It takes 3 to 5 hour to recharge. So, you can always keep two full-charged battery as spares. The charger has an LED indicator to show the charging progress and an audio alert to tell you when a charge is complete.

Travel Case for Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest has successfully introduced the room-scale VR technology without any external hardware. You may want to take it to somewhere else like your friend’s house or go on a vacation with it. Even if you use mostly at home, it’s good to have a case to store the headset. After weeks of its release, there have been many travel cases for Oculus Quest on the market. Here are some different types of cases.

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Oculus Quest offical travel case is available for $40. It’s probably the snuggest fit of all. Overall size is small and compact, but the downside is that it doesn’t have much room for extra items like AA batteries and a portable battery pack.

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Esimen Fashion Travel Case has a little more extra room than Oculus official travel case. The back of the lid has zipped pockets. You can put cables, cleaning cloth, etc. Outside, it has a carry handle and detachable shoulder strap.

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Casematix Carry Case is a hardshell case with fully customizable foam inside. The foam is pre-cut, so you can easily make compartments for the headset, controllers, and something else you need to carry. 13″ x 16″ x 4″ case has plenty of room. You can even store large headphones with the headset and controllers.

Google Chromecast (3rd Gen or Ultra)

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VR gamings tend to be isolating, but Facebook has prepared for the problem. You can share VR experiences with your friends by using Chromecast. Casting your gameplay to the TV lets everyone see what you are playing and enjoy the moment together. At the time of writing, supported models of Chomecast are 3rd gen and Ultra.

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Anti-Fog Spray

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If you have a problem of fogging up on the headset lenses or your glasses, try this spray. Jaws Quick Spit Antifog Spray works on any glass or plastic. You can also use it on other things like dive masks, swim goggles, safety goggles, ski goggles, windows, binoculars, telescopes, etc.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

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You need to use a delicate cloth to clean the lenses of Oculus Quest, so you keep them from making small scratches on them. The AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth 6-pack is safe to use on any surface like TVs, computer monitors, laptops, tablets, smartphones, camera lenses, etc. It’s good to be used with an anti-fog spray above.

Disposable VR Mask

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The face pad of Oculus Quest is made of foam and cloth. It absorbs your sweat. It is washable, but you can’t do that when you pass the headset around with your friends. It’s not comfortable to wear without some sort of protection. The VR mask prevents direct contact your face with the face pad. The item is 100-piece non-woven fabric and disposable face masks.

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Oculus Quest review – the best standalone VR headset

Oculus Quest was released on May 21, 2019, a year after Oculus Go, which is another standalone VR headset developed by the same company. A big difference between these headsets is Oculus Quest has the six-degree of freedom (6DoF) tracking. The 6DoF tracking technology has been already existing for years in other headsets such as HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, but the Quest is the first and currently the only standalone VR headset with 6DoF.

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What’s in the box

  • Oculus Quest headset
  • Touch Controller (L), (R)
  • 15W power adapter
  • USB-C cable
  • Spacer for a user with eyeglasses
  • AA batteries
image of oculus quest whats in the box

Design

The Quest looks so compact and is lightweight. A front plate is black plastic, and there are four tracking cameras around each corner. A power button is on the right, and USB-C port for charging is on the left. The rest of the body of the headset is coated by a fabric. There are two 3.5 mm headphone jacks on both sides. The volume buttons and IPD (inter-pupil distance) adjustment slider are on the bottom.

A head strap is made of soft and flexible rubber. It keeps its shape like a helmet all the time. Velcros are attached on the top and both sides to fit and secure the headset on your head. The straps on the sides go through brackets. The brackets have built-in speakers. 3D spatial audio comes out from the slits on the ends of the brackets.

The head strap is ergonomic, sleek, and functional. But, when I play games required a lot of movement such as Beat Saber, the head strap never seems tight enough. I guess a headband that is used Rift S or PSVR is more suitable for gaming VR headsets. The reason the Quest has a head strap is that the company wants to emphasize its portability. A VR headset with a headband is too bulky to carry around. That is why the Rift S has a headband. The Rift S has to be tethered to a gaming computer, and it’s not meant to be portable.

A face pad made of foam and cloth attached to a plastic frame. You can remove it from the headset to wash. It’s relatively comfortable. But, I feel a pressure on the cheekbones and have marks there for a while every after the usage.

Controllers

Two Touch controllers are included. They are similar with the ones for Oculus Rift and exactly the same as ones for Rift S. Each one has a clickable thumbstick, two buttons, home button, trigger, and grip button.

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It’s powered by an AA battery. A battery door slides open and close. Built-in magnet keeps the door close without a latch or screws. Wrist straps prevent you from throwing the controller accidentally during gameplay. The strap is detachable. You can remove it by opening the battery door and sliding it upward.

After setting up, you will take a tutorial lesson called First Steps. In the lesson, you learn how to pick up an object, put it down, throw it, or hit it with the other object. You have the opportunity to learn and use the full capability of the controllers in First Steps.

Display

The Quest has dual OLED, 1440 x 1600 per eye resolution displays.
It’s better than the Oculus Rift 1080 x 1200 per-eye resolution, and the Oculus Go and Rift S 1280 x 1440 per-eye resolutions. Thanks to dual displays, the Quest can adjust IPD (inter pupil distance) by a slider on the bottom.

Oculus Insight

Inside out tracking system called Oculus Insight offers the 6DoF. It allows you to move in a virtual world. Built-in tracking cameras makes Oculus Insight work without a need for external cameras. The same kind of tracking system is used in the Rift S.

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Oculus Insight keeps tracking on the controllers, too. Not only the position of the controllers the system can keep tracking, but it can also tell the angles and directions of them. Oculus Insight successfully offers the 6DoF on both the headset and the controllers.

Oculus Guardian

Oculus Guardian is a safety system set up before you play games. The system creates a virtual wall on a boundary line you draw where you can move freely with no obstacles in your room. The virtual wall is a green grid. It appears when you get close to the boundary. When you get really close to it, that part of the green grid turns red to get your more attention.

If you use the Quest in the same place, you don’t have to set up the boundary every time. The Quest remembers the boundary you set up last time, and somehow it can tell where that is. So, all you have to do is turn on the headset and start playing. If you play in a new place, you have to set up a new boundary, and the Quest will forget the old one. The boundary setup is way too easy, anyway. Just draw a virtual line on a floor with the controller. That’s it. It doesn’t even take a minute.

Passthrough

When you get out of the boundary or stick out your head through the virtual wall, you can see a real world in black and white. The built-in tracking cameras are now used as lenses for you to see a real world without taking off the headset. This feature is called Passthrough.

Battery

The headset has a built-in rechargeable battery. You can charge it via an included USB-C cable and a wall adapter. According to Oculus, battery life is about 2 to 3 hours. For me, it’s more than enough. I can’t just play VR continuously for hours.

Games and Apps

50 titles were launched along with Oculus Quest. You can purchase and download with the headset or through the Oculus mobile app. The Oculus mobile app is shared with GO and Rift. Make sure to select “Oculus Quest” from a drop-down and then look for games and apps.

Here are some popular games and apps. Beat Saber is a unique rhythm game. You have a lightsaber in each hand and cut cubes coming at you with the music. There should be a demo version. You should try. I played and purchased and got addicted to it.

Superhot VR is an action shooting game. Shoot, grab, throw, you can experience the full capability of Touch controllers in this game. The standalone, untethered VR headset allows you to turn around and around without worrying tripping over wires or cables.

Wander is a world travel app. It uses data from Google StreetView to show you 360-degree images and Wikipedia for you to learn about historic places.

Vader Immortal Episode 1 is an adventure game of Star Wars experience from LucasFilm. You are the main character in the story. You can learn how to handle a lightsaber, and there are many other interactions inside the story. I’m longing for the next episode.

Price

Oculus Quest costs $399 for 64GB, and $499 for 128GB. Unfortunately, there is no memory card slot to expand a storage.

For a comparison, Oculus Go cost $199 for 32GB, and $249 for 64GB. Oculus Rift S costs the same $399. However, the Rift S needs a gaming computer.

Conclusion

Oculus Quest successfully introduced new technology and opened the door of the VR industry to more people. Some people have been interested in VR but hesitant about buying it because of an expensive startup cost, uneasy setup, or having to be tethered all the time. Oculus Quest solved these problems. The price $399, considering you don’t need anything else to start VR, is reasonable.

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Chromecast Generations and Variations Comparison

Chromcast is a digital media streaming device developed by Google. The device allows you to play streaming audio or video contents on your home audio system or TV through apps on a mobile device and computer. At the time of writing, Google has released three generations and two variations, Chromecast Audio and Chromecast Ultra. Here is the post about Chromecast generations and variations.

1st Generation ($35)

The 1st generation Chromecast was released in 2013, introducing Google Cast technology, which allows you to watch contents with your mobile device on a big screen TV. It uses your home WiFi to connect between Chromecast and mobile devices. There are two different methods to cast contents to your TV.

For Chromecast-enabled apps, such as Youtube, Hulu, and Netflix, once you cast, the app can be running on a background so you can do other things with your mobile device or computer.

You can still cast unsupported apps to your TV by using the mirroring feature. With this feature, whatever is displaying on your mobile device or computer also displays on TV, and sound comes out from TV. As compared with casting Chromecast-enable apps, the mirroring feature has a little lag and may experience sluggish motions.

Both methods need a mobile device or computer to control contents to pause, resume, skip, and so on. They are all features of Chromecast, as well as 2nd gen, 3rd gen, and Ultra. It may seem a few, but the possibility is endless. Since the debut of the 1st gen, software updates have been improving the performance of Chromecast, and more and more third-party apps are getting supported.

2nd Generation ($35)

The 2nd generation Chomecast was released in 2015. It completely changed the design. While the 1st gen is stick-shaped, the 2nd gen is disc-shaped with a short HDMI cable attached. A disc-shaped body has a built-in magnet so you can stick it to the back of your TV. The same design continues on newer models and variations, including the 3rd gen, Ultra, and Audio.

3rd Generation ($35)

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The 3rd generation Chomecast was released in 2018. It has almost the same same size as the 2nd gen and slightly a different design on its body. It supports 1080-pixel at 60 frame per second.

Chromecast Ultra ($69)

Chromecast Ultra was released in 2016. It has the same disc-shaped body, but slightly larger than 2nd and 3rd gens. It supports 4K UltraHD and high-dynamic range through HDR10 and Dolby Vision formats.

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Unlike the other models, Chromecast Ultra needs a power supply from a wall outlet, not from a USB port on the TV. Thus, an included power adapter is one piece: a power cable is not separate from a wall adapter. And, this adapter has an Ethernet port, so you have an option to use Ethernet cable to connect to the internet instead of WiFi.

If your home WiFi system is not stable or reliable, you may have a benefit to using this adapter with Ethernet cable. And, this power adapter is compatible with all other models. You can purchase the Ethernet power adapter separately.

Chromecast Audio ($35)

Chromecast Audio was released in 2015 at the same time as the 2nd generation of Chromecast. It’s the disc-shaped body with micro USB port for power and 3.5mm jack on the other. An included 3.5mm Aux cable plus into the jack, and the other end is plugged into an aux jack of your home speakers.

It works in the same way as regular Chromecast, but it’s just audio version. When you use multiple Chromecast Audio devices connecting to multiple speakers and group them. And you can play the same music across multiple speakers. Back then, the concept was appealing. However, with the advent of smart speakers like Google Home mini and Amazon Echo Dot, the features of Chromecast Audio became useless.

Instead of buying multiple Chromecast Audios, you can buy multiple smart speakers, which is the same price range or even lower prices, and group them. You may also connect them to your home speakers with Aux cables. They just work the same for the same or maybe lower investment, plus you will get voice assistance feature. As a result, Chromecast Audio has discontinued in January 2019.

Which one should you buy?

At the time of writing, the 3rd gen Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra are being manufactured. The other models are discontinued. If you have 4K TV, Chromecast Ultra is the one that is capable of streaming contents with the same resolution. If you don’t have 4K TV or not planning to buy one anytime soon, the half price, 3rd gen Chromecast will be enough.

Should you upgrade from older generations?

Not necessarily unless you need the 4K support Chromecast Ultra. There have been many improvements since its debut, but it’s on the software side, not the devices. All generations of Chromecast has the features of “Cast” and “Mirror.” That’s all. And, that has been the same from the 1st to the 3rd. Unless you want to stream 4K contents, I don’t think you need to upgrade from the 1st or the 2nd to the 3rd gen.

Product
(Model#)
Chromecast
1st Generation
(H2G2-42)
Chromecast
2nd Generation
(NC2-6A5)
Chromecast
3rd Generation
(GA00439)
Chromecast
Audio
(RUX-J42)
Chromecast
Ultra
(GA3A00403A14)
Released Year20132105201820152016
Regular Price$35$35$35$35$69
Dimension2.83" x 1.38" x 0.47"2.04" x 2.04" x 0.53"2.04" x 2.04" x 0.54"2.04" x 2.04" x 0.53"2.29" x 2.29" x 0.54"
Weight1.2 oz1.38 oz1.4 oz1.08 oz1.66 oz
Display1080p1080p@30fps
or
720p@60fps
1080p@60fpsn/a4K Ultra HD
High dynamic range (HDR10, Dolby Vision)
Included AccessoriesUSB cable
Wall adapter
USB cable
Wall adapter
USB cable
Wall adapter
USB cable
Wall adapter
3.5mm audio cable
USB Ethernet power adapter