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Gear VR vs Oculus Quest 2: Is There Even Any Competition?

The Samsung Gear VR holds a fond place in many hearts thanks to its status as a mobile VR pioneer but the Oculus Quest 2 is the splashy new headset on the scene and it’s already making waves.

No, not because of Facebook’s controversial account policies, but because the headset is actually genuinely impressive.

Even so, you might be wondering whether the Quest 2 is for you or if you should either stick to the Gear VR (if you already own one) or get one instead since they’re a little lighter on the pocket.

Well, today’s your lucky day because we’re taking a look at what each of these headsets have to offer.

Gear VROculus Quest 2
Tracking3DOF tracking6DOF Inside-Out Tracking
ProcessorDepends on the inserted smartphoneQualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Chip
Lens per Eye Resolution1280 x 1440*1,832 × 1,920
DisplayDepends on the inserted smartphoneLCD
Refresh Rate60Hz72Hz / 90Hz
MemoryDepends on the inserted smartphone6GB of RAM
StorageDepends on the inserted smartphone64 GB / 256 GB
Battery LifeDepends on the battery life of the inserted smartphone2 -3 hours

*The resolution you’re going to get with the Gear VR also greatly depends on the smartphone you’re using.

Seeing as the Quest 2 has one of the best resolutions of any VR device currently on the market, there’s just no way the Samsung Gear VR can keep up with that.

You have likely already guessed as much anyway, as the Gear VR is a pretty old piece of hardware in VR terms (the first consumer version was released in 2015) while the Quest 2 is Facebook’s latest flagship device.

The Gear VR has a 101° field of view (FOV) while the Quest 2 has a FOV of 92° (H), 90° (V), 129° (D).

Having a bigger FOV means you have a bigger observable environment at any given time while using the headset.

A bigger play area means you’re able to do a lot more within that area without losing track of your controllers or environment, which leads to greater immersion.

So its definitely one of the more important aspects of VR gaming.

Interpupillary distance (IPD) on the Gear VR is also fixed, while the Quest 2 has three IPD settings, which Facebook says should be able to accommodate most people.

Not only will this provide a more comfortable experience, but will also help with the clarity of the images you’re going to see.

As for processing power, it’s really hard to compare the two, because the Gear VR doesn’t have a processor of its own and relies on the smartphone plugged into it.

That said, most of the smartphones that the Gear VR supports don’t come close to the Quest 2 in terms of processing power and so it’s very unlikely that you’ll get the same level of performance out of any Gear VR experience.

When it comes to battery life and storage, these factors once again depend on the smartphone you’re using the Gear VR with as it doesn’t have its own onboard hardware.

One thing is clear though, the specs on the Quest 2 are arguably some of the best on any standalone headset available today.

So, even though there’s no real way to compare the two on this front unless you compare it with a specific smartphone’s specs, there’s little chance any smartphone combo you’re going to use with the Gear VR will trump the Quest 2 on the hardware front.

Degrees of freedom is probably the biggest difference, besides the visual quality, that you’ll notice between the two.

The Gear VR only provides 3DOF, which means that you can look around in a virtual world, but everything is centered around you and you cannot move within the world.

6DOF, on the other hand, is really where its at for VR right now, as this provides you with the ability to move around and interact with the virtual world you’re in.

It makes a massive difference in the level of immersion you’ll feel, as well as the type of interactions you’ll be able to make in-game.

For that reason alone, the Quest 2 already outstrips the Gear VR by leagues.

 

Convenience and Accessibility

Obviously, both the Gear VR and Quest 2’s biggest selling point is that they’re standalone devices.

With either, you’re able to get things started quickly and jump into experiences with minimal effort.

Although, the Gear VR does require that you get your phone set up and into the headset first, which can take a bit more time.

Luckily it’s very straightforward and user-friendly nonetheless.

Since they both work as standalone headsets, the Gear VR and Quest 2 can easily be packed up and taken along with you wherever you go.

You’re also not confined to any room or area as you would be with a tethered VR headset.

That said, if you’re looking for something that’s more flexible and will provide you with equally great standalone and tethered experiences then the Gear VR isn’t going to be the headset for you.

The Quest 2, however, provides an incredibly agile experience and you can use it whichever way you see fit or as the situation requires – so long as you buy the Oculus Link cable to connect to a PC via USB of course.

 

Comfort

Unfortunately, the original Oculus Quest was already known for being quite uncomfortable and that trend continues with the Quest 2.

It’s regrettable because the rest of the headset fares exceptionally well against most of today’s low-, mid-, and even some high-tier VR headsets.

Yet Facebook has dropped the ball when it comes to the headset’s overall design and comfort.

Their decision is a little baffling, but it might be the result of some scrimping on their part to save money.

The Gear VR is lighter than the Quest 2 at 318g vs 503 g, although the smartphone you add onto the Gear VR adds quite a bit of weight too.

Even so, with a smartphone attached, the weight on the Gear VR doesn’t feel like as much of a problem and it’s still more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time than the Quest 2.

That’s because, the straps on the Quest don’t support the weight of the headset as well as they ideally should, leading to much of its weight resting on your nose and cheeks, even if you tighten the straps.

Facebook went with more flexible straps on the Quest 2 than on the first headset, and in some ways that’s better because these fit more comfortably around the shape of your head, but they do virtually nothing to hold the headset up.

That’s a shame because it starts to get uncomfortable after around 10 minutes, which is a fraction of the time that most people will want to spend with the headset on – especially if they’re playing longer AAA games.

Don’t think that the Gear VR is perfect in this area, however.

It suffers from the same issue to a degree, as a big chunk of its weight rests squarely on the bridge of your nose and that gets uncomfortable fast.

Thankfully, it’s a little easier to adjust the straps on the Gear VR to find that sweet spot – which is possible with the Quest 2 as well, though it might take some more fiddling.

If you’re not up for that amount of effort just to get comfortable while wearing your headset (and who could blame you) then there is the option to buy an Elite Strap or Elite Battery Strap for the Quest 2.

Obviously, that means you’ll have to shell out some more cash for the headset, though.

 

Controllers

No two VR controllers are cut from the same cloth and nowhere is this more starkly apparent than when you try to compare the controllers of these two headsets.

Really, the Quest 2 controllers are in a whole different realm than the Gear VR controller and there’s simply no way you’ll ever get close to the same experience between these two.

The Gear VR originally released without a controller, but one was later added to give people an alternative to that silly little trackpad on the side of the headset.

This helped with the immersion too, of course. It features a trackpad similar to those on the HTC Vive controllers, as well as a couple of indented buttons.

The controller itself is pretty small and limited in its abilities, but for what the Gear VR and its content are able to do, it gets the job done fairly well.

People with bigger hands might have some issues with comfort after a while though.

Things couldn’t be more different when it comes to the Quest 2 controllers.

The tracking is more snappy, for one, and you have that six degrees of freedom (6DOF) as well as a bigger FOV so you’re going to get a lot more mileage out of it.

The games that are designed for the Quest 2 as well as the PC VR games it supports can also provide a lot more variety and immersion because of this.

On top of that, you have two controllers (instead of just one) that are relatively big – they’re some of the biggest currently in the market – and the extra space on there really helps to avoid accidental button-pushing.

Plus those with bigger hands certainly aren’t going to find anything to complain about here. Although, anyone with smaller hands might notice them being a little too bulky.

 

Content Library

Samsung proudly boasts that the Gear VR headset has “ 1000+ apps and counting”.

That’s not at all a bad library size for a mobile VR headset, although they do count ‘experiences’ among that number, which tend to be short VR videos that may or may not be interactive.

So, in essence, you’ll find that the apps and games that support the Gear VR are simpler, entry-level experiences that the hardware on an Android phone will be able to run.

The Quest is a whole other beast since it can provide both standalone experiences and full-fledged PC VR content via the Oculus Link cable.

On the quest alone, you’re getting a whole long list of apps, games, and experiences thanks to Oculus’s extensive library, but if you add the cable and make use of SteamVR then you’re not just opening up a whole new avenue with thousands of games, but also AAA ones too.

Even so, while it’s easy to say that the Quest 2 wins out in terms of its content library, your preferences still have a big role to play here.

If you’re not much of a gamer and just want access to simple experiences and 360° videos then the Gear VR is still a solid option.

You might be less inclined to pay for the more expensive Quest 2 when you’re not going to be making use of everything it has to offer.

 

Price

Accurate price comparison is a little tricky because the production of the Gear VR has been officially discontinued as of 2019, and so you’ll likely have to settle for a second-hand device if you still want to get your hands on one.

If you had bought a brand new Gear VR in 2017 or 2018, then it would have set you back around $129 USD (bundled with the Gear VR controller, which costs $39 separately).

That’s not a bad price for an entry ticket into VR, so long as you had one of the smartphones it supports.

As for the Quest 2, it’s currently retailing at $299, which is cheaper than the original Quest and all of the other mid-tier and high-end VR headsets currently on the market.

Honestly, for everything you get with this headset, that’s a fantastic price range – even if you decide to include the Oculus Link cable or the comfier Elite straps.

 

Conclusion

Obviously, the Quest 2 pretty much crushes the Gear VR in almost every VR category seeing as it’s newer, provides better flexibility in terms of playstyle, and sports much better hardware.

The Gear VR had a good run and it provided a great low barrier to entry for a massive amount of people who wanted to dip their toes into virtual reality back when it just started becoming more mainstream in 2015.

But there are much better options now, as the Quest 2 clearly proves.

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Looking for ways to improve your VR experience on Oculus Quest 2? Here’s our list of the best Quest 2 accessories for Autumn 2021, including carrying cases, head straps and more.

Oculus Quest 2 is one of the hottest VR headsets available on the market right now. Out of the box, it comes with everything you need to get started.

But after a bit of time with the headset, you might be wondering what other add-ons or accessories you can buy to improve your experience and make things a bit smoother. We’ve gathered together some of the best Quest add-ons and accessories right here, ranging from cases to head straps to headphones and beyond.

Where possible, we’ve noted the items that we’ve been able to test ourselves and also tried to provide a few options for each category, varying in price, purpose and quality.

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Best Quest 2 Carrying Case

The Quest 2 doesn’t come with any form of portable storage for the headset. Given that you could easily damage the headset or scratch the exposed lenses, getting a case is an absolute must.

We’ve tried the official case sold by Facebook, pictured above, and found it to be very sturdy and worth recommending (check out our review) as long as you like the soft exterior design that resembles an egg. It’s available for $49 on Amazon, when in stock, or from Facebook directly.

Alternatively, you could try VR Cover’s carrying case, pictured above, which is similar to the official case, but more boxy. It’s available directly for $29 on its US store, its Europe store or its worldwide store.

There’s also this case from JSVER for $16.99 or this case from Zaracle for $23.99. Our staff have tried both of these and were very happy with them as cheaper options.

Best Head Straps for Quest 2

The Quest 2’s design allows for users to swap out the default fabric strap for a comfier alternative, and there’s a load of official and third-party options to choose from.

The most obvious is Facebook’s Elite Strap, pictured above, which has an adjustable ring at the back to easily strengthen or loosen the strap’s grip and uses an oval-shaped rubber piece to sit up against the back of your head.

Initially, users were reporting issues with this strap cracking and breaking, but Facebook claims the issue has since been resolved and now offers a 2-year replacement guarantee in the event you still have problems. Some UploadVR staff did experience the issues with launch-day Elite Straps, but we’ve had no issues with the replacement strap/newer model strap at all so far.

The Facebook Elite Strap is available from Facebook directly for $49 or via Amazon, stock permitting.

Other options include the Kiwi Upgraded Elite Strap, pictured above. UploadVR staff have tried this strap and noted that it felt serviceable, but preferred the tightening mechanism on Facebook’s official Elite Strap. It’s available for $39 via Amazon.

There’s plenty of other third-party straps available on Amazon, such as the Orzero Adjustable Headband, the BoboVR M2 Head Strap or the Jayol Halo Strap but we’ve not been able to test these ourselves yet.

Best Strap with Battery Pack

If you’re going to be using Quest 2 for extended sessions, then you’ll want some form of strap and battery pack combo so you can keep going for as long as possible.

The VR Power 2 acts as a counterweight and battery pack for the Quest 2. Strapping onto the back of the headset, it improves comfort by balancing the weight distribution, while also charging the headset while in use. This lets you stay in VR for much longer than you would with the standard Quest battery, and we were considerably impressed in our full review using it with Quest 2. It may be the best option if you’re looking for a Quest battery pack, and works with both the standard strap and Elite Strap (as seen above).

The VR Power 2 is available from Rebuff Reality for $70.

There is also the official Elite Strap with a Battery Pack from Oculus, which also comes with the official Carry Case bundled in. We were happy with this strap in our review at launch, but these straps did have the same snapping issues as the standard Elite Strap, mentioned above. Likewise, Facebook says these issues have been resolved and it offers the same 2-year replacement offer for the Elite Strap with Battery Pack.

The Elite Strap with a Battery Back is available for $129 from Facebook directly or via Amazon.

Best Quest 2 Stand And Headset Display

If you have a permanent spot in your house for your Quest 2, you’re going to need something to put it on.

The first option is by AMVR, pictured above. I’ve got this stand myself and it’s a fantastic if you want something simple and inexpensive that blends in and matches the clean white aesthetic. The two arms that hold the Touch controllers are also optional, so if you’d rather remove them and have the controllers sitting upside down beside the Quest, that’s an option too.

The Kiwi stand is available for $32.99 via Amazon.

The other option, pictured above, is a similar stand by Kiwi. Other UploadVR staff tried this stand and were pleased, remarking that it felt quite sturdy. It’s a bit more boxy and streamlined than the AMVR stand, especially if you want to hang the controllers. It’s also available in both black and white.

The AMVR stand is available on Amazon for $25.99.

Anker Charging Dock for Oculus Quest 2

Anker’s charging dock takes the headset stand a step further, offering charging capabilities as part of the sleek white dock. It charges the Quest 2 headset itself and comes with replacement battery covers and rechargeable batteries, which allow the dock to charge the controllers wireless through the cover when docked. All-in-all, Anker says the kit should be able to charge all your devices in 2.5 hours.

Stock permitting, the Anker Charging Dock for Oculus Quest 2 is available on Amazon for $86.99.

Touch Controller Grip Covers for Quest 2

Controller grips provide some extra protection for your Touch controllers. The grips pictured above are by Kiwi and actually replace Touch controller’s battery cover, forming a shell that sits across the face of the controller. Not only does this give you added protection, but it also adds on grips straps akin to those on the Valve Index controllers, so you can keep your controllers attached without gripping them the entire time.

They’re available on Amazon for $29.99.

If you’re looking for a simpler solution, AMVR’s grips slip on top of your Touch controllers, as pictured above, to provide a rubber protection layer and a basic strap for a hands-free grip at all times. They’re a little bit cheaper than the Kiwi solution, so might suit better if you just want to protect the controller from drops and nicks.

The AMVR grips are available on Amazon for $16.99.

Microfiber Cleaning Cloth

Cleaning the lenses (here’s a guide for best cleaning practices) can have a dramatic effect on your VR experience. Some headsets ship with cleaning cloths, but Quest 2 does not.

Oculus recommends wiping the lenses down with a dry optical lens microfiber cloth, starting from the center of the lens and wiping gently in a circular motion outward. Facebook says alcohol-based wipes and cleaners are not recommended for use on the lenses, as they can lead to damage.

If a smudge is being stubborn, Facebook says users can dab a small amount of water on the cloth as well, but alcohol should not be used on lenses at all.

There are many microfiber lens cloths available online, but this 6-pack from Amazon for $8.95 would be a good start.

VR-Ready PC

This might be the most unconventional accessory on the list, but a VR-ready PC is truly one of the best (and most expensive) Oculus Quest 2 accessories you can buy. A VR-ready PC will allow you to play PC VR content (like Half-Life: Alyx and Skyrim VR) on your Oculus Quest or Quest 2 via USB on Oculus Link or wirelessly using Air Link or Virtual Desktop (head here to find out how).

Most VR-ready PCs composed of high-end or common components used for gaming rigs should work with Oculus Link, but you can double check by comparing your proposed parts or your existing rig against this Link compatibility list from Oculus.

For example, this iBUYPOWER PC from Amazon meets VR requirements and is available with a white-on-black design that would match a Quest 2 nicely. This isn’t the only option though — something with newer components might be a better option. It might get pricey though, given the global chip shortage and resulting hiked prices on GPUs and other components at the moment.

Oculus Link-Compatible Cable

If you have a VR-ready PC and want to use Oculus Link with a stable wired connection, you’ll need the right type of cable.

You can use a variety of different cables with Oculus Link. Facebook sells its own high-quality, thin and flexible 5 meter optical USB 3.0 C to C Oculus Link cord, which is available for $79 on the Oculus Store.

Alternatively, any USB 2.0 cord or higher will work. Oculus does note that ‘your performance can be improved when switching to a USB 3.0 connection’, but don’t give further specifics. We’ve written about this $20 PartyLink cable that works well, and Facebook also officially recommends this  $13 Anker cable as an alternative to their first-party option.

However, realistically any 2.0 or higher cable from a reliable brand should work fine, with 3.0 and above giving the best results. You may also need to buy a USB C to A adapter (which will also need to be USB 2.0 specification or higher) to plug the cable into your computer, depending on if it has a native USB-C port onboard.

You can browse Amazon for USB-C Oculus Link cables to see all the available options — we recommend sticking to trust brands to ensure you get what you pay for.

Rechargeable Batteries

The Oculus Touch controllers use one AA battery each, so if you use your Quest a lot, you’re going to go through batteries over time. To save some money long-term and help the environment, it is worth investing in some quality rechargeable AA batteries.

A pack of 2-4 rechargeable AA batteries and the accompanying charger is only around $10-20 on Amazon, but there’s also a newer kind of rechargeable battery that is even more convenient by giving the batteries micro USB plugs for direct recharging. If you combine the latter with the multi-device charger below, you’ll have an all-in-one charging station for your Quest from just one wall outlet.

Multi-Device Wall Charger

The Oculus Quest comes with a wall socket to charge your device, but if you want to charge several things at once, we recommend this multi-device wall charger from Anker. Not only does it have a USB C port, allowing you to use the long 5m cable that’s included with the Quest, but it has 4 additional USB ports as well.

If used in combination with the USB rechargeable batteries above, you would be able to use one outlet to recharge your Quest and controllers at the same time

The Anker Multi-Device charger is available for $51.99 on Amazon, stock permitting.

Chromecast

It’s now easier than ever to cast your Quest to another device — you can visit oculus.com/cast on your browser or use the Oculus mobile app. While this works, we’ve found that casting to a TV is a better viewing experience than a computer, phone or tablet.

Some TVs have built-in Chromecast capability, or you might already own a Chromecast-enabled device attached to your TV, but if not, you’ll need to buy a Chromecast.

There are two kinds of Chromecasts — the Chromecast and the Chromecast Ultra. The only difference between the two is that the latter allows you to play 4K content. The Quest does not output a 4K stream when casting, so you probably won’t see any difference there. However, if you have a 4K TV then the Ultra will provide you with the best quality stream for most other Chromecast media like Netflix and YouTube.

Subject to stock availability, the Chromecast is typically available for around $35, and the Ultra for $70.

VR Cover Accessories

VR Cover has been around for some time and is known for making accessories designed to improve headset hygiene and comfort against the face. We’ve tested a fair few of their Quest-specific covers, straps and facial interface replacements in the past. Some staff members love the added comfort, while others don’t feel they made a huge difference.

However, the facial interface replacements are the best option if you plan on exercising and getting sweaty in VR — you can easily swap the covers our when things get a bit slippery.

You can browse VR Cover’s Quest 2 accessory range on their US, International and European stores.

Lens Cover

The lenses are one of the most vulnerable parts of the Quest headset — they can be permanently scratched and direct sunlight can be magnified through them, resulting in burnt screen pixels.

We’ve tried some lens protectors, like this one from Orzero, and found they work well on Quest 2 (and other headsets — the shape is pretty generic) to protect them from sunlight and dust.

An important note — when using a lens protector, you may have to fully turn the headset off or change its power settings, as they can activate the headset’s proximity sensor.

The Orzero VR Lens Protect Cover is available for $10.99.

Earbuds or Headphones

All Oculus Quest and Quest 2 headsets include an audio system that releases sound from the head strap area, which works quite well as basic, ready-to-go solution. Still, a lot of detailed sounds are lost with this system. Did you know, for instance, there are ambient sounds in the home area of Oculus Quest? You might not hear that with the out-of-the-box audio experience on Quest.

For Quest 1 (which has two headphone jacks, one on either side), you could go for these official weird headphones (which come in two separate pieces with very short cords) or go for this similar but cheaper option from Kiwi, at $12.99.

If you have a Quest 2, we recommend these $20 earbuds from Amavision instead (pictured above), subject to stock availability. They’re designed so that the left ear cord is shorter, as it’s the side closest to the headphone jack.

If you’re looking for something to cover your ears in a more comfortable way, you can try out some over-ear headphones that clip onto the Quest 2 strap. There’s options such as these ones from MYJK on Amazon for $43 or you can opt for something more premium, such as the VR Ears from Rebuff Reality, which we’ve tried and found added a bit more oomph to the volume/loudness. The latter is available from Rebuff Reality directly, for a pre-order price of $129 before their October 30 release or $149 after release.

Another premium option is this official headset (pictured above) released by Oculus in partnership with Logitech, which delivers high-quality sound via totally encapsulating over-ear headphones. You can get them from the Oculus website for $100.


Have you found any other accessories that improved your experience with Oculus Quest? Let us know in the comments. This article was originally published on June 5, 2020, and updated with new accessories and other changes on August 15, 2020, March 10, 2021, August 18, 2021 and most recently on October 12, 2021. 

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These are designed for the Quest 2 but reviewers say they also work for the Quest 1.

Promising review: "These grips for the Oculus Quest and Rift S are a must-buy! I have tried cheaper silicone/rubber versions and did not have a good experience. However, with the AMVR Touch controller grips, I can play comfortably without being annoyed at the short length of the handle on the Touch controller and have the bonus ability to open and shut my hand at will. This should be your first purchase after getting an Oculus Quest or Rift S, especially if you have large hands like myself. I can't imagine playing fast-paced games like Robo Recall, Creed, Beat Saber, etc., without these again. It's a very quick experience placing these on with the provided Velcro straps. There are competitors out there with similar options, but it's no question that this is the best I've seen thus far for the money and overall experience." —Virtual Robots Revolt

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

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Maximize VR Hygiene & Comfort On The Oculus Quest

Among VR fans, Spring 2019 will always be remembered for the release of Oculus Quest – the first highly advanced, standalone virtual reality headset to hit the market. With its wireless system supported by six degrees of freedom and large room-scale inside-out tracking, it successfully transforms VR into a sophisticated experience for many. When paired with the Oculus Quest Touch Controllers, the revolutionary gaming device allows users to consume VR virtually anywhere.

And there are plenty of exciting titles in the Oculus Quest games list to keep one occupied. Less welcomed is the build-up of perspiration, oil and dirt on the original stock foam after multiple sessions.

To help you combat a dirty headset, we have hygiene kits of custom facial interfaces, foam replacements and 100% cotton covers. All made specially to fit the Oculus Quest, every accessory can be easily installed and used right away. Got a grimy foam? Just wipe it or swap it out with a fresh replacement. Hate getting sweat on the Quest? Wrap our absorbent, machine-washable VR Cover over it! When you use our hygiene solutions, you will enjoy a longer and better VR experience!

Whether at home or trade shows, playing with friends or demoing to customers, our products keep you and your headsets clean and protected.

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