Guide to Virtual Reality With Oculus Headsets

In the realm of virtual reality, Oculus is a big name. Many would list the Oculus Quest as the best VR headset out there, and the company has certainly made big strides in what VR can do for gaming, simulations, and socialization. The virtual reality Oculus Quest 2 headset is one of the few models that doesn’t need wires and doesn’t need a console or PC to run games. Everything it has to offer is contained within the headset.

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Who Created Oculus?

The technology used to create the Oculus VR headset was created by Palmer Luckey. He developed the headset with the co-founders of Scaleform. The first game to launch on this prototype was Doom 3: BFG Edition. A Kickstarter was launched to gather funds and give out “dev kits” for backers. The idea of a high-quality, accessible VR headset was so exciting to fans that the Oculus team reached their funding goal within hours of launching the campaign.

Doesn't Facebook Own Oculus?

Yes, although the company that owns Oculus would later change its name to Meta. After releasing the developmental prototype, Oculus was sold to Facebook for $2 billion, and production moved rapidly from there. The Facebook sale was criticized by some people in the tech industry, but that didn’t stop the popularity of Oculus from spreading. Today, the Oculus headquarters are located in Menlo Park, near Facebook’s.

What Are the Different Oculus Models?

There have been a few models since the Oculus launched, but today, the options are the Oculus Quest 2 headset and the Rift S. The biggest difference between them is that the Rift S must be paired with a PC and the Quest 2 is PC-optional. The Quest 2 attaches to the head with soft straps, while the Rift S has a halo band; opinions vary on which option is more comfortable. The last big difference to consider is the price tag: The Rift S costs more.

Popular Oculus Games

The Oculus game selection really stands out, encompassing some of the best VR titles out there as well as some options that are unique to this system. Some of the most fun and unique games available for Oculus headsets include:

  • Jurassic Park: Aftermath
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Population: One
  • Beat Saber
  • Job Simulator
  • Superhot VR
  • Gorn
  • Epic Roller Coasters
  • Echo VR
  • Gun Raiders
  • Onward

How Comfortable Is an Oculus Headset?

Oculus products are considered to be among the more comfortable headsets. Each Quest 2 headset has a spacer for glasses and a strap that adjusts vertically and horizontally. If the Oculus doesn’t feel comfortable to you, there are a lot of affordable mods available to help you get the perfect fit. Counterweights, new face pads, and new straps can all make a huge difference to the comfort of your headset. A bonus to adding a counterweight system is that many of these include a space to hold a battery pack, so you can enjoy hours of gaming without taking a break to charge the headset.