The Oculus Quest is out now, and it’s hands-down the most accessible and affordable high-quality VR headset out there. The Quest was announced last month as the most powerful self-contained VR headset at a consumer level, and it does not disappointed. It doesn’t require a gaming PC, an additional console, or external sensors; you quite literally just put it on and go. It features an intuitive grid that allows the player to set up their play area in under three minutes, which is a godsend in the VR world. And with a reasonable price, it fulfills the wishes of anyone trying to jump into the VR sphere.
One of the best features of the Quest is the completely wireless connectivity. All you need to worry about is the headset and the two wireless Oculus Touch controllers, allowing for untethered, 360-degree play and more real movement than we’ve seen in consumer VR up to this point. The already-ergonomic Oculus Touch controls got a slight upgrade: The sensor circle now faces up to better connect with the headset censors.
Another great feature is the visual quality. The Quest has 1,440 x 1,600 resolution and is one of the most crisp VR experiences I’ve had to date. Included on the headset is a slider that allows players to move the distance between the lenses to get the sharpest visuals available. Along with the video, the built-in speakers create a pseudo-surround-sound effect. Over all, the hardware is remarkably impressive, with very little to compromise on.
The Oculus Quest game library has over 50 hit VR titles including Beat Saber, Job Simulator, and Creed. But only the Quest is home to Vader Immortal, a new Star Wars game that puts you in a very crucial role between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. This exclusive title is near worth the whole system itself. Without spoiling any of the story, Vader Immortal looks absolutely stunning and has a lightsaber experience good enough to live up to your childhood dreams of being a Jedi Master. Swinging, slashing, deflecting blaster bullets, parrying—all of it uses the Quest’s responsive controls to fully immerse players. The story itself is well-crafted, giving you your own Star Wars plotline.
Beyond the gaming library, you can access features like Youtube VR, Oculus TV, Netflix VR, a web browser, and more on the Quest, really making it more than a console. It also has a tool system to cast to certain TVs and phones; it’s still in beta testing, but it works pretty well already.
Overall, the Oculus Quest blew my expectations, which were high to begin with, out of the water. While $399 for 64GB and $499 for 128GB isn’t cheap, it’s the lowest overall cost for this type of A + VR experience—and the Quest is already harboring some exclusives that are absolutely delivering top-tier VR gameplay. If you’re an avid VR fan looking for something light and portable, the Quest is a winner. And if you’re just getting into VR now, it’s the ideal all-in-one entry headset.