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If you were trying to convince someone to purchase a Quest 2 (for example) what games would you show them?

Back in my younger days I mainly got a PC to play Wizardry.

Half Life Alex. Not native to the Quest 2, but it can be played hooked up to a PC. It is absolutely amazing to me.

The biggest benefit of the quest 2 is precisely because it doesn’t need a PC, or be anywhere near a PC. I think this makes it an easy buy, if the games are enjoyable to the person.

Showing them a few episodes of Soda Island will go a long way… even if there isn’t a massive ton of similar videos, it clearly demonstates the beauty of immersive storytelling.

Beat Saber and Pistol Whip are obvious titles, they grab you immediately and give you a rush like you’ve never felt before if you’ve never tried VR.

Depending on the person, Eleven, Thrill of the Fight and Walkabout Mini Golf are very convincing if they like those activities in real life. These sold me.

After that it’s about showing them an example of whatever other game or experience type they like. The Mission ISS isn’t really a game, but hello, you’re in zero G and spacewalking, for free… fully 3d squirrel suit gliding over the alps… wooah.

I guess it’s important to stress the lower ticket price on things, but also the smaller game scope and length on average… it really isn’t a console/PC game comparative, to me it really is a third leg of gaming now.

Beat Saber
SuperHot VR
Eleven Table Tennis
Walkabout Minigolf
Resident Evil 4 VR

My go-to initial demo is still Richie’s Plank Experience, preferably with a real bit of wood.

Especially if the person is not really familiar with video games, since it’s quick to get into, doesn’t require learning any controls (if you start the game for them), and triggers vertigo and fear of heights in a way that normal games don’t.

Strong emotions equals strong impression!

I Expect you to Die 2, one of the higest rated games, for just 15€.

How is it with glasses? Does the spacer come with the device?

I assume that the 256 GB is worth an extra hundred bucks.

Most of the reviews made it seem like it wasn’t worth it, but I’m kicking myself for getting the 128gb when it’s clear Quest2 exclusives, that will use the extra horsepower over the old Quest1 hardware, are going to be much, much bigger games.

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Can you buy games on the quest 2 on Steam? I would have thought you were tied into the Oculus Store on the Quest 2?

You buy native Quest 2 games directly through the onboard Oculus store; you buy Steam games and play via airlink or cable, where the headset is only acting as the screen, but does none of the processing.

There is a ‘allow unknown sources’ you have to check on the Oculus pc app, once that’s done, the Oculus headsets allow anything.

Thanks for everyone’s patience at all my questions!

That is true, but nothing wowed me like Half Life Alyx. All the games you mention are really good games though and worth it even if we couldn’t play Steam VR games via airlink or cable.

Quest 2 comes with a spacer for glasses, but I haven’t used it.

It’s fine for me, but I have relatively small/narrow glasses. It’s definitely better than the Rift

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I recommend

Red Matter
Robo Recall: Unplugged
Tetris® Effect: Connected
The Room VR: A Dark Matter
Trover Saves the Universe
Walkabout Mini Golf
Pistol Whip
Until You Fall
Vacation Simulator

…and In a ‘dark horse’ moment, the most popular new game on Quest these last months haven’t been RE4 VR, but Blade & Sorcery Nomad. Both in number of ratings and number of reviews, despite being on the market 2 weeks less than RE4VR, despite not having the marketing campaign from FB, despite still being on EA, etc.

My Quest 2 arrived this morning. One day from Amazon around Thanksgiving (amazing it got here so quickly).

I set it up and bought Walkabout Mini Golf so far.

Couple of questions:

Should the Safe area light up when I am playing at all times.?At first it seemed to pop up only if I moved out of the safe zone.

I set up my recliner as an alternative zone but wondering if I should just include it in the safety zone.

When I set up my PC to work that is in another room; am I able to have a second safe area when connecting via PC?

Also was trying to purchase Beat Saber but for the life of me there are so many versions I am not sure what are add on packs and which is the actual game.

I have to say it is amazing! I feel I am doing better in VR than I though I would being older etc.

My next step will be to set it up on PC. I will probably go the wired link for now as it seems easier. Try wireless down the road (I do not think I have wireless on my desktop and may have to purchase a card unless there is a USB wireless that I is 5G etc).

Just buy the Beat Saber base game to start, if you think you’d like it (try the demo). It comes with three-ish chapters (6 ish tracks each, I think?) of almost exclusively electronica. It is quite fun, for quick don’t-know-what-to-play ten min sessions. Otherwise all other artists are DLC for additional purchase which you can do in-game. My wife plays this primarily, if it were me I’d spring for GreenDay and Imagine Dragons, but I’ve found Pistol Whip is more my speed for rhythm type games. Note, seems a lot of BeatSaber people move on to Synth Riders and now Smash Drums, which has more music genre variety. My wife is already sniffing around the demos.

I use the ‘include your sofa’ experimental feature, which allows me to draw more of my room as a gamespace (I could have made it as big before, but then I’d have no warning where the sofa is). You could do this with your chair. Note, is is extremely helpful to add a chair or sofa in the overallspace, rather than drawing the guardian around it, since most of the time your flailing would be above it, and so you don’t lose that space, and since it’s soft banging your legs into it isn’t terrible.

I think the Oculus can recognize a few guardian zones around the house.