The latest VR-dedicated headset from Facebook has hit an excited market and you’re no doubt wondering about every last detail!
The Oculus Quest 2 is worthy of praise and speculation alike. Sometimes, the built-in special audio features just don’t do enough.
In this article, I’ll be telling you whether you can use bluetooth headphones on it, along with other useful information to help you make the most out of the audio.
The short answer is yes, you can use Bluetooth headphones on the Oculus Quest 2. However, you might face problems such as game stuttering and audio/video being out of sync when using wireless headphones.
Let does look at this topic in a bit more detail.
Note! I have written about my experience using Apple Airpods with Oculus Quest 2 in one of my previous articles. Feel free to check it out!
How To Pair Bluetooth Headphones With the Oculus Quest 2
Officially speaking, the Oculus Quest neither says to nor claims to support wireless bluetooth headphones or such audio connections. Facebook made it quite clear that it wants you to use a wired connection or trust the in-built sound system.
However, this doesn’t mean that your wireless experience isn’t possible! Setting this up isn’t as hard as you might be thinking.
Once you’ve ticked off owning the new Oculus Quest 2 and finally deciding upon the headphones you trust for an immersive experience, it’s time to get you set up! All you need to do to pair your bluetooth headphones is follow these simple steps:
- Power up your Oculus Quest 2
- Open the Settings menu
- Select “Experimental Features”
- Select the “Pair” button form the “Bluetooth Pairing”
- Make sure that your headphones are on and detectable.
- Choose your audio device from the list on the screen and pair with it.
Just like that, your wireless headphones have been connected to your Quest 2! It’s worth mentioning that, since this isn’t an “official” method, not all wireless headphones will work this way due to compatibility issues. So if you face a problem, don’t be quick to conclude that there’s a problem with your headphones!
Oculus Quest 2 Performance Issues With Wireless Headphones
Since the method to connect wirelessly is a workaround, it comes with a few downsides that may dampen your VR experience.
The biggest issue faced by users is a severe drop in frame rates or lag when running games. This is particularly the case with games that are fast-paced or those that have you look around more, like Robo Recall and Beat Saber’s 360° levels. In some cases, the audio itself was reported to be out of sync as well. Stuttering issues of the games can be severe enough to render the experience unplayable.
Noticeably, there were fewer issues and even none at all when running media applications such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. So if that’s your aim with your wireless headphones then you have much less to worry about than most!
The reason for the latency issues is because of compatibility factors between your wireless headphones and the Oculus Quest 2, being wireless as well. Audio and video signals being received and processed by your devices are not in sync with each other. As a result, the processing speed of your devices is significantly reduced.
What Else Can You Do?
There’s another workaround with reportedly fewer issues in the Oculus Quest 2.
You might want to consider purchasing and connecting a Bluetooth transmitter into the 3.5mm audio jack of your Quest 2 headset. More formally referred to as an AV receiver, this device amplifies the processing of wireless audio and visual input. Consequently, the final result you experience in your VR headset is significantly improved.
This method reports a general 40 millisecond lag on average, a speed that you won’t even notice as you’re engaged in your virtual reality thrill! Do keep in mind that the latency may differ between headsets. Still, it’s an increasingly popular method to connect Bluetooth audio to the Oculus! All you need to get this done is a suitable transmitter, and a suitable headset.
Once that’s down, just follow these steps:
- Connect the transmitter to the Quest 2 using the 3.5mm audio jack. For extra comfort, you can keep it strapped to the headset with velcro. There’s no need to worry about the added weight or “clunky-ness” since it’ll go practically unnoticed! One of the most recommended AV receivers can be bought through this link.
- Link up your audio through your three devices: the Quest, the transmitter, and the headphones. Use the same method described above to link your Quest 2.
Congratulations! You’re on your way to a better wireless virtual reality experience!
It’s worth mentioning that the effectiveness of using a wired connection should not be overlooked. While the Oculus Quest 2 prides itself on a futuristic wireless VR service, Facebook recommends Logitech G333 earphones as the official wired audio solution for your Quest 2.