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Oculus Quest 2 discussion thread

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Oculus Quest 2 discussion thread

I got my Oculus Quest 2 recently, still learning the ropes, can share what I learned so far, and would love to hear from others about their experiences (VR resources - and not just for games; tips and tricks; 3D printing etc), but please no Oculus referrals in this thread!

The first thing I had to figure out was how to use my Oculus given I need strong prescription glasses. Technically you could use your glasses (as long as they are not too wide/large) - I tried, and it was a very unpleasant experience; plus I heard there is a high risk of scratching the (very expensive) Oculus lenses. Another option is to use contact lenses; I used to wear them, but hated them, so not going back there. So my only option was to get/make prescription lenses adapters. If you buy ready adapters, this can be rather pricey (more than 100$ for one pair, and I would need two pairs - for myself and my kid). Fortunately, I have a 3D printer, and one can find some lens adapter designs on thingiverse site.

I first tried the most popular adapter on thingiverse. It didn't really work for me - I couldn't attach them properly to Oculus, and lenses wouldn't go in. I suspect after a few tries (using different enlargement factors - likely between +0.5% and +1.5%) I could eventually make it work, but I realized the design is not really for people who will be switching/removing them frequently (and that's my situation) - the tiny plastic grips will quickly wear off.

Instead, I focused on other models which use tiny magnets for quick and reliable attaching/detaching. I printed this one using +1% scale factor (only for X and Y; printed in ABS), and it worked perfectly! The adapters would easily click on the Oculus lenses and stay there firmly, and I had no issues putting the prescription lenses (from Zenni Optical) into the adapters. The design is convenient - with only one pair of tiny magnets per eye, it is very easy to attach and detach the adapter. The only thing I would change next time I printed these adapters - I would slightly reduce the diameter of the hole for the magnet in the lens part of the adapters. In the bottom part, the hole is small enough that I didn't have to use any glue when inserting the magnet. In the lens part, it was a bit loose, so I had to use some Contact Cement glue from dollar store for reliable connection.

Regarding the prescription lenses - as the Thingiverse page suggested, I ordered them from Zenni Optical. I my case (strong prescription, -8.5) it was a bit pricey (68$ all in during their Black Friday sale), but I just ordered another set for my kid, and was amazed that for smaller prescriptions (like -5.5, with astigmatism correction) the costs for the lenses plus the frame is only 15$ + 10$ shipping! They seem to be exactly the same lenses one would get from a local optometrist (but much cheaper). Follow the thingiverse instructions precisely - in particular, make sure to order the glasses for interocular distance of 65mm (not for your actual IOD!). For my first set, it took around 2 weeks to get the glasses from Zenni.

One more 3D printed experience in regards of Oculus. I quickly discovered that the standard strap (included with Oculus) is not designed for long sessions, as it is rather uncomfortable. I was going to use some of my free Best Buy points to get the official Elite strap (75$), until I read the comments and realized they don't last - easily break within months or even weeks of use. So I decided I might as well learn to print them myself.

This Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap seems to be a pretty good design for 3D printing. I printed one, and started using it. I ended up gluing some high density bubbly material on the head facing side. If I had to print it again, I would increase the thickness of the parts (hooks etc) holding the straps, as I already broke some of them (and had to custom design and 3D print small brackets to fix them).

In terms of actual use of Oculus Quest 2: I already tried one game (The Room) and a few native apps, they work very well. I also managed to run a few Windows PC programs in VR using Virtual Desktop app + Steam VR app (over WiFi). For example, I managed to run Minecraft and Roblox in VR using the above setup.

Please share your tips and tricks here!
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Cool, I have a R7000 router and 3090 graphics card gaming PC so looking forward to running Alyz on it this weekend.

Bought BoboVR headrest and waiting for that from AliExpress since amazon has been stocked out.

I have the Frankenstein mod for Vive audio deluxe headrest but it was not that good. Need some head support so not all the weight is on the eyes.

Will reply back once I get that.
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There are hundreds of tricks, hard to narrow them down!

One of the big ones: You can sideload regular android apps and do all sorts of cool things. From adding Tailscale and setting up low-latency remote sharing, to adding a file manager with wifi transfer so that you can drag/drop files from your PC to the Quest without having to plug it in.


I’m really curious about your experience with the prescription lenses. I don’t wear glasses myself but I have a non-VR-initiated friend who does and I want to give her the best experience possible. What’s it like for you without lenses or glasses, and how does VR with glasses compare to RL with glasses?
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I got my prescription ones from WidmoVR.

Works great. My friends have tried my VR headset and they said wearing glasses with it is very uncomfortable. One friend who has a prescription identical to mine said the lenses were so much better and felt natural.
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joshfindit wrote: There are hundreds of tricks, hard to narrow them down!

One of the big ones: You can sideload regular android apps and do all sorts of cool things. From adding Tailscale and setting up low-latency remote sharing, to adding a file manager with wifi transfer so that you can drag/drop files from your PC to the Quest without having to plug it in.


I’m really curious about your experience with the prescription lenses. I don’t wear glasses myself but I have a non-VR-initiated friend who does and I want to give her the best experience possible. What’s it like for you without lenses or glasses, and how does VR with glasses compare to RL with glasses?
AFAIKT using lens adapters with Oculus results in the same experience as for people who don't wear glasses. In both cases, the difference from the real world is that everything is already in focus (in RL you can use your eyes muscles to refocus from object to object).
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I've been using my Quest 2 as-is for the last year. I've avoided buying accessories for it, as it's supposed to be a cheap headset. Elites strap, knuckle straps... all these things add up.

Just followed this video for the headstrap:

and bootlegged a knuckle strap like this:

I have Facebook blocked on a router level for my Quest 2, so I use ALVR to wirelessly stream SteamVR games to it.



I no longer have my gaming PC hooked up directly to my router so I haven't played on my Quest in a while, but I believe ALVR is working on USB tethering, so that's something to look into)
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I've been using the Quest 2 via Airlink and it works flawlessly. Granted, I'm standing right next to my AX router when playing.

PerformingAzura wrote: and bootlegged a knuckle strap like this:
I saw this "trick" a while ago and found that it only works if you have tiny hands.
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board123 wrote: I've been using the Quest 2 via Airlink and it works flawlessly. Granted, I'm standing right next to my AX router when playing.



I saw this "trick" a while ago and found that it only works if you have tiny hands.
They are quite tight on my hands too, but I'm able to make do.

You can use hair bands to extend it, but I never got around doing it
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New Q2 owner here, need some IT advice. I have a D-Link DIR859 (AC1750), not getting a full signal in my basement so I'm considering my options for AirLink. Do I get a TPLink AX20 on sale for $100 to replace the DIR959, or do I get a TPLink 1200 for $35 and put it in bridge mode (hardwired) in the basement, giving me wired for PC and hopefully strong 5 GHz for the Q2.

I'm not 100% certain the AX20 is a worthwhile upgrade to our DIR859 alone, or if I get the cheaper router for the basement. TIA
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SynGamer wrote: New Q2 owner here, need some IT advice. I have a D-Link DIR859 (AC1750), not getting a full signal in my basement so I'm considering my options for AirLink. Do I get a TPLink AX20 on sale ...
I would say skip the new router because there’s no indication that the signal would be stronger, or that it would mean it’s viable for wireless PCVR.
Shoot for these three goals:

1. The PC is wired with at least 1Gbps
2. The Quest is in the same room as the wireless access point
3. The Quest is the only device on that Access point’s 5GHz channel (Protip: split the wifi in separate names for 2.4 and 5)

Do not use extenders, and be wary of mesh devices (some will be awesome, some will not)


For anyone else thinking of this: your PC does not have to be in the same room, it could even be across the house, but it’s definitely handy for when you need to use the keyboard/mouse to reopen something that’s crashed
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joshfindit wrote: I would say skip the new router because there’s no indication that the signal would be stronger, or that it would mean it’s viable for wireless PCVR.
Shoot for these three goals:

1. The PC is wired with at least 1Gbps
2. The Quest is in the same room as the wireless access point
3. The Quest is the only device on that Access point’s 5GHz channel (Protip: split the wifi in separate names for 2.4 and 5)

Do not use extenders, and be wary of mesh devices (some will be awesome, some will not)

For anyone else thinking of this: your PC does not have to be in the same room, it could even be across the house, but it’s definitely handy for when you need to use the keyboard/mouse to reopen something that’s crashed
1. Yes, wire on a gigabit port.
2) No, my PC and Quest are in the basement, hence why I'm looking at adding a second router to the basement since my PC is already hardwired down there. I can create a bridge and have the 5 GHz wifi a mere 1-2m away.
3. That would be the plan.
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SynGamer wrote: 1. Yes, wire on a gigabit port.
2) No, my PC and Quest are in the basement, hence why I'm looking at adding a second router to the basement since my PC is already hardwired down there. I can create a bridge and have the 5 GHz wifi a mere 1-2m away.
3. That would be the plan.
Then I’d say it sounds like the perfect use-case for a simple AP like the TPLink 1200. If you use that exact one you’d need either two eth cables from the router, or a >3 port switch (one in, two out).

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Question on the referral program. There is a double up promotion on now and does the double apply to Canada? Oculus forum posts lead me to believe yes but the website seems to indicate US
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US only. I just had a friend in the UK redeem my referral and I got $35 and the equivalent in £.
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Does anyone know which strap would be best? I bought the official elite strap, and also bought a BOBOVR M2 Pro with Battery since I finally saw it in stock earlier this morning on Amazon. Only looking to keep one though.
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zdpz wrote: Cool, I have a R7000 router and 3090 graphics card gaming PC so looking forward to running Alyz on it this weekend.

Bought BoboVR headrest and waiting for that from AliExpress since amazon has been stocked out.

I have the Frankenstein mod for Vive audio deluxe headrest but it was not that good. Need some head support so not all the weight is on the eyes.

Will reply back once I get that.
Do you have a link to the Ali express site? I keep hearing about how it’s so much more inexpensive than Amazon but I’m just not seeing it.
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I’m new to the Oculus Quest 2 and feel that getting prescription lenses is the way to go. Any other tips on how to do this? It seems you need a 3D printer to really go the cheaper routes?
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Tiberius wrote: I’m new to the Oculus Quest 2 and feel that getting prescription lenses is the way to go. Any other tips on how to do this? It seems you need a 3D printer to really go the cheaper routes?
Yes, either you go through a company like WIDMOvr or you print the adapter and get the lenses from somewhere cheap like Zenni Optical.
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bernieyee wrote: Yes, either you go through a company like WIDMOvr or you print the adapter and get the lenses from somewhere cheap like Zenni Optical.
Looking at honsvr.com and may place a order through them for the prescription lenses... was also considering Zenni + 3D printed adapter purchased through the link in the first post, but they are taking a break and not selling the adapter currently (no idea what the shipping would be either)

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