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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best Oculus Quest 2 accessories available right now
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By Jack Webb , Becca Caddy
Upgrade your VR gaming with the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories
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Which Oculus Quest 2 accessories do you need? If you’ve got an Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, it’ll work perfectly well straight out of the box. You don’t need a set of accessories or extra kit to step into virtual worlds – just a bit of space and some of the best Oculus Quest 2 games.
However, buying a few add-ons can significantly improve your experience with the Quest 2, making gameplay more comfortable, safer and even enhancing your performance, too.
Below you’ll find our pick of the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories you can buy right now to take your virtual reality gaming to the next level. We've included an Oculus Link cable to play PC VR games on the headset, prescription lenses so you don’t need to worry about glasses and a range of swappable covers for ultimate comfort.
How to choose the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories
The best way to decide which Oculus Quest 2 accessories you need is to go slow. Try the Oculus Quest 2 for a week or two first to figure out what's important to you.
For example, if you find yourself dropping the controllers or hitting your surroundings with them, look at some extra grips or cases to keep them protected, like the Halo Controller Protectors from VR Cover – we also suggest moving your furniture to give yourself more room.
If you enjoy working out in VR with a game like Beat Saber or FitXR, consider a foam replacement for the inside of your Quest 2 that's designed for sweating and can easily be cleaned.
If you experience the telltale face or headache of long VR gameplay, look at the foam replacements that are big, squishy and built for comfort, like the options from VR Cover below.
Importantly, everyone has a different experience when they put on a VR headset. By trialling the Quest 2 without accessories first, you can prioritize which add-ons sound cool as opposed to which you really need.
Oculus Link cable
Bring thousands more games to your Quest 2
Reasons to buy
+Access a wide variety of VR games+Long for plenty of freedom
Reasons to avoid
-Pricey-It means you play wired
We like to think of the Oculus Quest 2 as its own games console – it's just on your face, not tucked away under your TV.
The Quest 2 connects to the internet and you then log-in through your Facebook account to access a virtual storefront. This is full of games, which you can play directly on the wireless headset without the need for any other hardware.
However, if you want even more choice, this library can be expanded however with the Oculus Link cable, which unlocks access to computer-based VR titles for those with a PC.
Via the Oculus Link cable, you can connect your Quest 2 to your gaming PC or laptop to play PC-quality VR games such as Half-Life: Alyx, Sword and Sorcery, Asgard's Wrath, Lone Echo and much more.
By using the Link cable on a Quest headset, you're also given access to a wide range of PC VR games from the action-packed Oculus Rift library and beyond, provided you're happy to tinker with some settings to ensure the likes of Steam VR play nicely.
Plug the Oculus Link cable into a USB-3 port on your laptop or PC, and download the Oculus desktop app, which you'll find here. A big downside of this way of gaming is you'll be tethered by a lead when the Quest 2 is so great because it's wireless. But, for now, it's the price you'll need to pay access to hundreds, if not thousands, more games, making this accessory a must-have for VR gamers.
The Quest 2 Elite Strap
Upgrade the Quest 2 strap for extra comfort
Reasons to buy
+Better than the Quest 2 strap+Easy to adjust
Reasons to avoid
-Comfort depends on your head size
One of the things we love the most about the Quest 2 is it's light and comfortable – especially compared to the original Quest. However, if you wear it for long periods you can still experience some discomfort.
That's why we recommend that if you have headache after using your Quest 2, consider changing the strap first. The Quest 2 Elite Strap is a solid option that promises to make long VR sessions more comfortable.
It's designed to ensure the headset is equally balanced on your head and improves overall support, too. Plus, if you need to make any fit adjustments, you can easily do that with a quick twist of a wheel so you don't need to take it off.
The strap easily attaches to the headset and it also comes with a flexible brace that cradles your head, improving overall comfort levels while you play.
Oculus Quest 2 Prescription Lens Adapter
A great idea for anyone who wears glasses
Reasons to buy
+Easy to use+Supports many prescriptions
Reasons to avoid
-Takes up some room in the headset
If you wear glasses you can still use a VR headset, but it's tricky. The Oculus Quest 2 comes with a small plastic insert that you put inside the headset that adds more distance, meaning when you put the headset on your glasses don't get squashed.
However, this still isn't ideal, which is why we recommend anyone who can't make glasses and the Oculus Quest 2 play nice should buy some prescription lenses.
You can buy a Quest 2 Prescription Lens Adapter from VR Optician, which is fitted with lenses made to your own personal prescription – you will need to know what this is first by visiting an optician – so you can see games more clearly without your glasses.
All you need to do is find out your prescription from your optician and input your details. Once the adapter has arrived, it easily attaches to the lenses already in your Quest 2 headset.
The best part is that these inserts, unlike some others, support a wide range of prescriptions, making VR gaming a possibility for many more people.
Quest 2 Fit Pack
Improve the fit of your Quest 2 headset
Reasons to buy
+Increases comfort+Accommodates more face sizes
Reasons to avoid
-Light blockers feel unnecessary
The Oculus Quest 2 can be uncomfortable for some people from the start – we all have different shaped heads after all.
If the headset doesn't feel right, grab yourself the Oculus Quest 2 Fit Pack, which includes a pair of light blockers and two alternative-width frames, allowing for a more comfortable fit no matter your face shape.
These snap into place within the headset, giving you more room. The wider frame, also known as an 'interface', reduces foam around the face for a more accommodating fit. The smaller, narrow interface provides more foam to allow for extra padding, structure and overall support.
The light blockers reduce light from entering around the nose area. Some people find these important for immersion, but others might not be bothered about a bit of light leakage.
Regardless, all parts are interchangeable, so you can play around for the combination that works best, especially if the standard interface supplied with the headset doesn't work so well for you.
VR Cover Facial Interface and Foam Replacement
For soft, pillowy comfort
Reasons to buy
+Air vents for VR workouts+Wipeable design+Noise guard for light leakage
Reasons to avoid
-Might be too big for some people
If you use your Oculus Quest 2 headset regularly it might be worth considering an upgrade of the whole inside of the device with this set from VR Cover, which includes a new interface (plastic insert to change the fit of the headset), soft leather replacement for the foam and a nose guard.
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Oculus Quest 2 accessories
The Oculus Quest 2 is an amazing, affordable introduction to VR, but it isn’t without its flaws. Its face cover causes skin irritation, and it doesn’t ship with the official Carrying Case. Its unsupportive cloth strap makes the headset top-heavy, the battery is short-lived…there’s plenty to improve! Thankfully, the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories actually solve (or at least alleviate) many of these issues. To make your virtual experience better, we’ve chosen the top Oculus or third-party option in every category, from face covers to batteries, Link cables to VR-ready PCs.
Best overall: Oculus Quest 2 Carrying Case
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You may not be carrying your Quest 2 anywhere these days, but unless you want to keep your Quest 2 in the box it shipped in, you need something to hold it. The lenses can get damaged after just a few seconds of exposure to sunlight, and after you buy a bunch of accessories, you’ll need somewhere to keep them, so they don’t get lost.
Among the best Oculus Quest 2 cases, Facebook‘s first-party accessory should be your first choice, and not because it has an “O” engraving. It can fit your headset, controllers, charging cable, and Link Cable secure, with custom molding and inlaid dividers that keep everything in place. That’s all fairly standard; what makes the official case stand out is that it can fit the Quest 2 with the Elite Strap attached. Most third-party cases are designed for the base headset, with no room for bigger straps.
Even if you don’t have the Elite Strap, this case looks stylish, is easy to carry with the attached hand-hold, and is specifically designed for the Quest 2. (Many third-party cases were originally designed for the Quest 1 and relabeled.) On the other hand, the soft material and lack of padding mean it doesn’t protect from falls or compression in a suitcase. For actually carrying a case around outside, consider looking at a hard-shelled case from the linked list above as an alternative.
Before you buy it, consider one thing first: the Elite Strap with Battery comes with a Carrying Case, so if you plan to buy that as well, there’s no need to buy this individually.
- Fits the Elite Strap
- Molded to naturally hold Quest 2 securely
- Stylish design
- Pricier than most alternatives
Oculus Quest 2 Carrying Case
A perfect fit
An essential Quest 2 accessory, the Carrying Case makes it much more portable and convenient to carry, store, and use.
Best Quest 2 head strap: Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap
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The default Quest 2 strap is soft and loose, making it easy to pull the headset on and off but not offering much support. The Quest 2 Elite Strap hugs the back of your head and comes with a fit adjustment wheel to tighten or loosen it around your head. It’s heavier than the default strap but keeps the Quest 2 more secure during active VR games. It somewhat offsets the front-heavy design.
You may have heard rumors of the Elite Strap breaking when you tightened it too much, but after an initial recall, Oculus fixed the issue and has been selling it without user complaints for half a year now. You can safely buy one without worrying.
There are two main reasons to buy the Elite Strap. The first, obvious reason is improved comfort and fit. The second is that you can buy a special Elite Strap with Battery and Carrying Case bundle. This version inserts a battery into the back of the strap that plugs into the charging port, adding several hours of additional playtime. Some Quest 2 modders strap battery packs onto their headsets to add more battery life, but that can be uncomfortable; this built-in battery solution is really handy.
Our recommendation is the Elite Strap, but we can’t deny that it’s expensive and makes the Quest 2 less portable. If it isn’t what you’re looking for, we suggest looking into the best Quest 2 Elite Strap alternatives, which should also serve your needs.
- Early models had issues with breaking
- Makes headset larger, can’t fit in some cases
Best Quest 2 head strap
Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap
Better fit, balance, and padding
The Elite Strap makes extended play sessions much more comfortable and can even double your playtime with the built-in battery.
Best Quest 2 link cable: VR Cover Premium USB-C Cable for Oculus Quest 2 (5m)
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33% of SteamVR users use the Oculus Quest 2, despite the fact that it’s not designed for native PC VR. To play Steam VR games on the Quest 2, you can play games wirelessly with Air Link or Virtual Desktop, but a wired connection gives you the best, most consistent performance — especially if your network isn’t built to handle the required speeds.
You can buy the official Oculus Link cable for reliable performance, but it gets expensive. That’s why we point people to the best Oculus Link cable alternatives; and of those, the closest rival cable in specs, length, and quality is the VR Cover Premium USB-C Cable. It’s a 16-foot, USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-C cable rated to transfer 10Gbps and 20V/3A of power — everything you need for PC gaming on your Quest 2.
A nylon-braided cable with a right-angle head to slot into the Quest 2 charging port, the VR Cover cable is designed with plenty of give and flexibility for roomscale VR without potentially yanking and damaging your hardware (or tweaking your neck). It’s the closest you’ll get to the freedom of wireless VR while still tethered to your computer.
- 16 feet (5m) long
- 10Gbps fast enough for any game
- Enough power to keep steady battery while playing
- Cheaper than the official Link cable
- You might need a USB-C-to-USB-A adapter for computer
- Still fairly pricey
Best Quest 2 link cable
VR Cover Premium USB-C Cable for Oculus Quest 2 (5m)
The 5m VR Cover USB-C cable is your best alternative to the official (expensive) cable for consistent PC VR performance.
Best VR-ready PC: HP OMEN 30L
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It’s not every day you’d call a PC an “accessory,” but in this case, it’s the truth. The best Oculus Quest 2 games can be immersive and graphically impressive for a mobile VR headset, but you need PC hardware to play Oculus Rift- or SteamVR-level games on a Quest 2. So check and see if your PC, laptop, or Mac is compatible with Oculus Link; if it isn’t, then we suggest picking up a VR-ready PC if you can afford one.
Most powerful PCs with graphics cards made in the last few years will work for VR. But if you need help picking one, we’d suggest the HP Omen 30L, highly rated by our colleagues at Windows Central and one of the best prebuilt PCs for Oculus Link. Depending on which model you buy, you can upgrade up to an Intel Core i9-10900K, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, a TB of SSD storage with some HDD backup, and 32GB of RAM.
These specs are all more than powerful enough for playing the best SteamVR games to play with Oculus Link. It has one USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C port — perfect for your VR Cover Link cable — and plenty of fan cooling to keep it running smoothly. Performance is excellent in various benchmark tests, at least with the best build. Really, the only issue with the HP Omen 30L is that the top builds are quite expensive and often hard to find.
- Excellent computing and gaming specs
- NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 GPU
- USB-C port for Oculus Link
- Cool RGB lighting
- Cheaper PCs can also run VR games
- Fans were noisy in tests
Best VR-ready PC
HP Omen 30L
Expand your Quest 2 gaming library
This prebuilt gaming PC has a next-gen graphics card and respectable components, ready for the most demanding VR experiences.
Best Quest 2 battery pack: VR Power 2 for Oculus Quest 2
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There’s very little worse than that “low battery” warning ruining the immersion of an intense Beat Saber session, forcing you to cut the fun short. The Quest 2 only lasts about 2.5 hours on a full charge and will drain if you leave it on standby, so you’re bound to run out quickly. That’s why we recommend strapping a reliable Quest 2 battery pack to your headset to extend your playtime.
As we mentioned above, the Elite Strap with Battery will naturally accomplish this, but its bundled price is steep, and the 4,676mAh boost to battery life is only a couple of hours. For true all-day battery life, look into Rebuff Reality’s 10,000 mAh VR Power 2. It attaches to the back of your head strap and displays the current capacity, so you know if it needs a recharge itself.
The VR Power 2 sits on the upper back of your head, resting comfortably thanks to its soft padding on the inside. It can work with the default strap, as well as the non-Battery Elite Strap or other third-party straps. It’s relatively heavy at 0.6 pounds, but this helps to counterbalance the headset’s weight. The included cord runs along the top strap and slots into the charging port, with fastening clips to keep it in place.
You can buy a standard battery pack with the same (or larger) capacity for much cheaper, but you’ll have to find a way to attach it to your headset securely. This is designed specifically for the Quest 2 and is much easier to install.
- Ups your playtime by 4 to 6 hours
- Serves as a counterweight to headset
- Costs less than Elite Strap with Battery
- More secure than most modded battery packs
- Fairly expensive
- Somewhat heavy
- Makes headset harder to remove
Best Quest 2 battery pack
VR Power 2 for Oculus Quest 2
Playing with power
Rebuff Reality’s 10,000mAh battery prepares the Quest 2 for an all-day virtual reality binge.
Best Quest 2 controller accessory: VR Cover Controller Grips
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Oculus Touch controllers come with little built-in hand straps that prevent accidental tosses. But if you do let go, the controllers awkwardly swing from your wrists; you have to keep a constant, rigid grip on them during play sessions, which can strain your wrists or cramp your hands. That’s why many Quest 2 gamers like Quest 2 hand strap mods which strap the Touch controllers to your knuckles so you can safely loosen your grip.
Out of all the available mods, we tested and loved the VR Cover Controller Grips. They velcro around your upper knuckles, so the Touch controllers stay firmly in place at all times, with the buttons within easy reach. The felt fabric material helps it to feel soft and cool rather than restrictive and sweaty. And they come with a non-slip, textured plastic grip that’s pleasingly firm, so gripping it hard won’t cause it to shift under the pressure.
These grips add some extra weight, but surprisingly, you may appreciate that when playing active games like Beat Saber and Creed: Rise to Glory. And you can easily remove the VR Cover straps when they get dirty since they’re fully washable (unlike the Touch controllers).
- Keeps the controller securely in your hand
- Fits any hand size easily
- Adds a little more weight to the controller
- Comfortable felt material
- Prominent VR Cover branding
Best Quest 2 controller accessory
VR Cover Controller Grips
Give your hands a rest. These durable, well-made knuckle grips keep the Touches secure in place no matter how much you shake them.
Best Quest 2 face cover: AMVR Facial Vent and Pads
The Quest 2’s biggest design flaw is its foam padding on the inside of the headset. Not only do the pads absorb dirt and sweat that’s difficult to clean, but they can cause consistent skin irritation across long play sessions. Facebook recently issued a voluntary facial interface recall and are sending Quest 2 owners a free silicone cover to cover up the foam. Even Oculus agrees you need a new face cover!
You can certainly make do with Oculus’s complimentary cover; it’s free, after all! But it doesn’t solve another persistent issue with the Quest 2: lens fogging. The headset design prioritizes blocking light at the expense of air circulation to and from the headset, causing heat and sweat to condensate on the lenses. To solve this issue, try installing AMVR’s Facial Vent and Pads.
This mod has a special vented nose gasket that improves circulation without letting too much light in. Made of PU leather materials, it’s arguably more comfortable than silicone but still reflects sweat much better than foam. It even has “side wedges” that cushion your face around your eyes, blocking light and improving the fit for people who wear glasses. All in all, you get plenty of modded improvements to the headset, plus some replacement parts, for a reasonable price.
We’re a fan of the AMVR facial interface; we just strongly recommend you buy the all-black set, as consumers report that the other version’s orange coloring catches light inside the headset, causing a distracting glow.
- Ventilation prevents fogging
- Reduced light leakage
- Tight fit
- Complicated to install
- Orange color can be noticeable in-headset
Best Quest 2 face cover
AMVR Facial Vent and Pads
AMVR’s Facial Vent and Pads improve ventilation and comfort, are easy to clean, and give you a more premium leather feel.
Best Quest 2 headphones: Logitech G333 VR gaming earphones
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The Quest 2 comes with built-in speakers, but those speakers are relatively tinny and low-quality. Plus, chances are your family or roommates won’t want to hear your game audio spilling out. For proper immersion and for sparing the people nearby, the best Oculus Quest 2 headphones are necessary to any Quest 2 owner’s arsenal. And for us, the Logitech G333 VR earphones top that category.
With dual drivers dedicated to mids/highs and bass, respectively, these compact earbuds deliver solid audio despite their lightweight design. And speaking of design, they have custom-length cords, so the side nearer the Quest 2’s 3.5mm headphone jack is shorter; that, along with the provided velcro straps, ensures the cable doesn’t dangle and bounce during active gameplay. Plus, of course, they don’t have any noticeable latency, ensuring the audio matches up to the video.
Co-developed by Facebook and Logitech, the G333 VR earbuds are a little expensive, especially considering their custom length makes them unsuited for use with a smartphone. But they’re easy to attach to your Quest 2 permanently, adding no noticeable weight and fitting easily inside any carrying case. They also come with three different bud sizes, so they’ll fit most ears without difficulty.
Whether you prefer these or over-ear headphones is a genuine matter of preference. We think these work better for action-packed games or VR exercise regimens, but if you want more powerful audio, other Quest 2 headphones like the Logitech G PRO may work better for you.
- Dual drivers
- Custom cord length and velcro straps
- Costly for earbuds
- Only work for VR
Best Quest 2 headphones
Logitech G333 VR gaming earphones
Good things, small packages
Don’t let the G333s’ small form-factor confuse you: they’re capable of delivering rich, crisp audio for sinking into VR worlds.
Best Quest 2 accessory for glasses-wearers: VirtuClear Rx lens inserts
While the Quest 2 ships with a glasses spacer, many have reported that it doesn’t prevent glasses from sliding up against the headset’s lenses — meaning either set of lenses can get scratched. Even if that doesn’t happen, a tight fit will make your glasses push up against your nose, causing headaches and discomfort. For the near- or farsighted who want a clearer, more natural VR experience, you can buy prescription Quest 2 inserts and ditch your glasses.
Made “in partnership” with Facebook, VirtuClear lenses are installed directly over the official lenses. You send in your official prescription, and VirtuClear will customize and ship your personal lenses to you. It takes 7 to 10 days to create the lenses, then extra time for shipping. The company also recommends you install the Quest 2 Fit Pack for better comfort with these lenses.
Just like that, you’ll essentially have personalized Quest 2 lenses while freeing yourself from glasses!
These lenses work best for solitary Quest 2 owners who don’t regularly share the headset with friends or family members. Yes, you can remove and reinsert them every time you swap headsets, but that’d be annoying for anyone. Also, you’ll want to make sure your prescription is up to date; these lenses aren’t cheap, and your eyes could get worse in a year, so make sure they’re accurate for as long as possible.
- Tailor-made for the Quest 2
- Endorsed by Oculus and Facebook
- Anti-glare treatment
- Easy installation
- Takes a long time to ship
- Pretty expensive
- Not designed for sharing
Best Quest 2 accessory for glasses-wearers
Virtu Clear Rx lens inserts
Clearing things up
Tred of cramming your glasses in-between your Quest 2 and your face while playing? VirtuClear’s lens inserts will be a lifesaver.
There’s no VR headset like the Quest 2; its portability and reasonable starting price make it a popular entry point for virtual experiences. But Oculus made it so inexpensive in part by not including many vital accessories in the box. With a set of the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories, your experiences with the headset genuinely will improve. And you’ll want to start with an official Quest 2 Carrying Case, which can safely fit the headset and many of those accessories.
You can’t just shove the Quest 2 into a backpack and call it a day. The lenses could be scratched, the various cables and chargers lost, or the Touch joysticks pressed to the side, potentially causing drift. A Carrying Case is an easy way to protect your investment and keep all your VR tools in one attractive container. Plus, it has room for your upgraded Elite Strap!
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Charlie Wacholz is a freelance writer at Android Central. He has a passion for all things gaming, exciting, innovative hardware and VR, as well as indie games and anything Nintendo touches. When he’s not writing, you can find him talking about Metroid or asking for a new Katamari game on Twitter at @chas_mke or waxing nostalgic about games, film, TV shows, and music on his podcast, Comfort Food.
Michael Hicks is a former ebook dev turned tech writer whose career arc took him from VR to wearables, emerging tech to gaming guides, before arriving at AC to cover Android, Oculus, Stadia, and smart homes, among other things. A Bay Area native, he loves underperforming sports teams, running, and tormenting his friends as the DM for D&D and Star Wars RPG campaigns.
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Play PC VR games on the Oculus Quest 2 without the $80 official cable
The Oculus Link cable is undoubtedly the best way to play SteamVR and Oculus Rift games on the Oculus Quest 2, but it costs nearly 80 bucks. Alternative cables cost far less while hitting the same benchmarks, but some you’ll find on Amazon can’t be trusted. Here are the ones you should try first.
Here are all the games you can play on Oculus Quest and Quest 2
The Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 have over 200 games and apps that can play with some enhancements for the Quest 2 versions, and any Quest purchases transfer over to your new headset. Here are all Oculus Quest games currently available for both headsets, plus any announced and upcoming titles coming soon.
28 Oculus Quest Accessories You'll Probably Want To Try
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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Quest 2 Standard Facial Interface
Quest 2 Headset Cable (1m)
Quest 2 10W USB-C Power Adapter
If you own an Oculus Quest 2 (check out our review if you don’t), you already know that your VR headset is nothing short of a revelation—inexpensive, easy to use, completely portable and able to play PC-caliber games. It’s the VR headset that could finally make virtual reality go mainstream. When you have a gaming accessory this good, you have to ask yourself: Can you make it even better? You sure can if you consider adding any of these products we’ve identified as the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories.
There are a slew of add-ons and accessories you can use to improve your VR experience. Whether you are looking for a more comfortable fit, a way to play PC VR games from Steam or make your controllers rechargeable, you’ll find what you need here. We’ve rounded up the 15 best Oculus Quest 2 accessories below, so browse the list to see what’s missing from your VR universe, then jazz up your headset and we’ll meet in the Oasis.
Best Way To Organize And Display Your Quest 2
AMVR VR Headset and Controllers Display Stand
AMVR VR Headset and Touch Controllers Display Stand
When you’re done with a gaming session, where do you put your headset and controllers? Just leaving them lying around on a tabletop doesn’t just make a mess, but risks damaging your gear as well. AMVR’s display stand is an inexpensive and straightforward solution—this light plastic structure gives you somewhere to hang the headset and controllers for easy access, keeps everything looking neat, and protects the lenses from scratches. You can even thread the charging cable through the stand for easy access.forbes.comAmazon Promo Codes | 10% Off In June 2021 | Forbes
Best Way to Avoid Running into Walls
ProxiMat VR Space Station Theo
ProxiMat VR Space Station Theo VR Mat
When you get too close to the edge of your play area, your Quest displays the Guardian boundary to keep you from running into a wall. But seeing that grid appear too often ruins the sense of immersion in the VR experience. ProxiMat is better: It’s a a floormat that delivers tactile feedback to keep you within the play area.
The anti-fatigue foam doesn’t just help you feel where y0ou are in the room, but it is more comfortable than playing on a hardwood floor as well. It also has a pair of raised buttons to help you orient yourself by foot-feel alone. Proximat offers several versions of its mat; in addition to this 35-inch diameter model, you can get a smaller “travel” version and a wide, dog bone-shaped pad designed for fitness games like Supernatural and Beat Saber.
Best Replacement Sound
Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones
Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones for Oculus Quest 2
Not everyone loves the audio built into the Oculus Quest 2. The speakers are weak and sound thin, and almost any pair of headphones you plug into the audio jack sound better. But external headphones are clumsy.
A better option? Logitech’s aluminum-clad G333 VR gaming earphones are optimized specifically for the Quest. Not only do they sound great, but thanks to the silicone-tipped earbuds, they help isolate you by blocking outside sounds. But perhaps their best feature is that the wires for the left and right ear are ideal lengths to reach each side, so you don’t have to contend with a lot of extra cabling getting in your way.
Best Battery for Extended Gameplay
AMVR Powerbank Bracket
AMVR Powerbank Bracket
Nothing beats the freedom from wires that you get with the Quest—but the 2-hour battery life can put a damper on play sessions. There are a lot of battery pack solutions out there to give you more play time between charges, but the one we really like best (see below) is currently out of stock. In the meantime, here’s an excellent (and wallet-friendly) alternative: AMVR’s Powerband Bracket clips to your headset strap and accommodates any battery you’d like to plug in—like this $25 15,000-mAh power bank from RAVPower. So for about $50 or so, you can add 8 or more hours to every VR session.
VR Power for Oculus Quest 2 (Out of stock)
VR Power for Oculus Quest 2
While this VR Power kit for the Oculus Quest 2 is currently out of stock (much like the official one from Oculus itself), it’s the hands-down best option for supercharging your Quest’s battery and the one we recommend when inventory reappears. It’s significantly cheaper than the model offered by Oculus and can be easily adapted to the standard Oculus head strap as well as most third party alternatives.
VR Power gives you a massive eight hours of battery life between charges thanks to a massive 10,000-mAh battery. And the remaining battery life is clearly indicated on the battery itself, so you never need to wonder what its charge status is. The battery also helps counterbalance the headset, making for a more comfortable gaming experience.
Best Inexpensive Battery for Extended Play
VRGE Power Bank Organizer Kit
VRGE USB Battery Power Bank Organizer Kit for Oculus Quest
Want to extend your Quest’s battery life but want to do it a little more cheaply—or don’t want to mount a battery to your headset? The VRGE Power Bank Organizer might be a better solution for you. This simple contraption is little more than a waist-clip that attaches to a power bank battery with adhesive tape. Clip the battery to your waist and connect the included cable to the headset—you’re now in business with extra runtime. This is a BYOB (bring your own battery) proposition, which is why the kit is so cheap. The upside? You can choose any size battery you like or use a battery you already own.
Best USB-C Oculus Link Cable
Oculus Link Cable
Perhaps the Quest’s most compelling feature is that you can use it both as a standalone, all-in-one VR headset and also connect it to a PC and play PC VR games originally intended for headsets like the HTC Vive. All you need is a long Oculus Link-compatible USB cable. Well, you don’t get more compatible than Oculus’s own official cable. This 16-foot cable has a fiber optic core and offers the bandwidth to play any PC VR game with the Quest.
That said, this cable requires a USB-C connection on your computer (it doesn’t come with a USB-A adapter) and is pretty expensive as well. For a USB-A alternative that’s a lot more affordable, look further down the list.forbes.comOculus Promo Codes | 20% Off In March 2021 | Forbes
Best Grip to Avoid Throwing Your Controller Through a Window
AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover
AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover
We’ve all seen videos of people accidentally throwing their Nintendo Wii controllers through their TV or crashing one through a window. Unless you remember to don the wrist strap, the same thing can happen with your Quest controllers, especially in high-energy games like Beat Saber or Sports Scramble. Here’s an antidote: AMVR’s Touch Controller Grip Cover wraps around your controllers and provides a grippy, textured sleeve made of TPU plastic.
Best USB 3 Oculus Link Cable
MASiKEN Oculus Link Cable
MASiKEN Oculus Link Cable
It’s hard to overstate how awesome the Oculus Link is; by connecting a USB cable to your PC, you turn an Oculus Quest 2 into a powerful PC-based VR headset as capable as units two or three times as costly. But you need a high-quality USB cable.
MASiKEN’s Oculus Link Cable is 16 feet long and plugs into your PC with a standard USB-A connection. As long as you insert it into a standard USB 3.0 port, this cable is all you need to play HTC Vive and Oculus Rift games on the Quest 2. And it does all that at about a third of the price of Oculus’s cable.
Best Way to Clean Your Lenses
Lens Cleaning Pen
Lens Cleaning Pen for Oculus Quest 2
You don’t need to do much to keep your Oculus Quest 2 in top form, but scratched or dirty lenses will ruin your day. For the most engaging VR sessions, you should clean your lenses frequently. A microfiber cloth is handy for that purpose, but a lens cleaning pen is even better. This cleaning pen is like ones used by photographers to keep expensive photo gear clean. The two-sided design features a fine filament brush for sweeping away dirt particles and the cleaning pad wipes away smudges, fingerprints and sweat.
Best Way to Stop Replacing Controller Batteries
Anker Charging Dock for Oculus Quest 2
Anker Charging Dock for Oculus Quest 2
Anker’s Charging Dock for the Quest 2 is more than it appears. Yes, it’s a cool-looking stand that holds your headset and controllers. In addition, it automatically charges your headset, so your Quest 2 is always topped off and ready for action. But I saved the best for last: It also charges your controllers.
What’s that, you say: You can’t recharge the Quest controllers because they run on AA batteries? Anker solves that by providing rechargeable batteries for the controllers, along with replacement covers for the controller that have charging ports that slip into the dock. Overall, it’s an elegant solution for anyone who spends a lot of time using their Quest—keep everything charged up automatically, and never replace batteries in the controllers again.
Best Comfort Strap
Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap
Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap
There are a lot of replacement straps out there for the Quest 2, which isn’t surprising given how uncomfortable the stock strap is. As I pointed out in our review of the Quest 2, it’s almost like Oculus went out of its way to make the headset uncomfortable. Oculus’s own Quest 2 Elite Strap is one of the best upgrades you can give yourself. The strap features a rigid support for the back of your head that enhances stability, and the wheel in the back lets you ratchet up the tension for the perfect fit.
Also, be aware that Oculus offers a version of the Elite Strap with an integrated battery that can extend your playing time, but that version of the strap is currently out of stock.
Best Way to See What You’re Doing
Prescription Lens Adapter
Prescription Lens Adapter
While it’s certainly possible to wear eyeglasses with your Oculus Quest, it’s not especially comfortable. Playing without glasses is liberating, and you can experience that for yourself by adding a prescription lens adapter to your headset.
There are a few companies which offer this service, but VR Optician seems to be able to fulfill the widest range of prescription lenses. Just enter your most recent eyeglass prescription details and select a few options, and you’re on your way. The price starts at $69, but other options, like a blue light filter coating, can add to the final cost. Installation is simply a matter of pressing the adapters onto the Quest’s lenses and setting the IPD distance.
Best Carrying Case
Oculus Quest 2 Carrying Case
Oculus Quest 2 Carrying Case
Do you take your Quest on the road? You need some sort of case to carry it and the controllers. When it comes to carrying cases, it’s hard to beat the quality, simplicity and durability of Oculus’s official version. The hardshell exterior can protect the headset from abuse, while the interior has custom molding to accommodate the headset, controllers, power adapter and charging cable. And don’t worry if you’ve upgraded to the Elite strap—this case can fit the headset with either strap, with room to spare.
Best Way to Protect Your Lenses
Orzero VR Lens Cover
Orzero VR Lens Cover
They look like a blindfold that you only see people wear to bed in the movies, but Orzero’s VR Lens Cover is designed to protect the lenses of your Quest when it’s not in use. This scratch-proof lens cover fits inside the headset, completely covering the lenses and shields them from dust, dirt and accidents. It’s fully washable, so you can throw it in the washing machine if it accumulates sweat from your Supernatural gaming sessions.
Best Way to Avoid Sweating All Over Your Headset
Topcovos VR Silicone Interfacial Cover
Topcovos VR Silicone Interfacial Cover
One reason no one else wants to put your headset on may be that it’s coated in perspiration. VR gaming sessions can take a toll on your body, and you shouldn’t be surprised when your headset is somewhat unpleasant after an hour or two of gaming.
The best way to keep your Quest clean and dry, even after intense action-packed gaming sessions, is with a silicone cover. This cover from Topcovos slips right on top of the existing facemask and acts as a barrier to keep your Quest free of sweat. After a game, just pull it out and clean it off—the headset itself should fully protected. An added benefit: The cover helps block light more effectively so your gaming sessions become even more immersive.
I’m a senior editor at Forbes and though I started out in New Jersey, I am currently living in Los Angeles. After college, I served in the Air Force where I operated…
I’m a senior editor at Forbes and though I started out in New Jersey, I am currently living in Los Angeles. After college, I served in the Air Force where I operated satellites, taught space operations and performed space launch planning.
After that, I spent eight years as a content lead on the Windows team at Microsoft. As a photographer, I have photographed wolves in their natural environment; I have also been a scuba instructor and co-hosted several podcasts that include Battlestar Recaptica and currently, Rick and Dave Control the Universe.
I am the author of nearly three dozen books about photography, mobile tech, and more; I’ve even authored an interactive storybook for kids. I have contributed to sites including CNET, PC World and Business Insider before joining the team at Forbes Vetted.
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