You’ve probably seen it. You’ve definitely heard about it, and now you’re wondering if it’s going to be worth it: The Oculus Quest 2! It’s here, and it’s (almost) every bit better than its predecessor.
Now if you’re thinking whether the Quest 2 is worth the hype to watch movies, you’re in the right place!
The Oculus Quest 2 is a very viable choice to consider for watching movies. You can either use streaming services (e.g. Netflix, Hulu, ..) or transfer and play local files. The device supports 2D as well as 3D movie playback and its biggest advantage (over TVs and monitors) is the immersion and “big screen” effect you get.
In this article I’m going to be talking about exactly how viable the Oculus Quest 2 is going to be to get you the experience you’re hoping for!
How to Watch Movies with the Quest 2
If you’re under the impression that there’s going to be some complicated way to use the Quest 2 then you really don’t need to worry. The initial device setup is quite easy and can be done in minutes.
Keep in mind however that you do need a Facebook personal account to use the device. If you do not have it (and/or do not want to create one), you can not use the Quest 2.
One way to watch movies with the Quest 2 is to connect it to your PC and transfer the movie file – in any of the numerous supported formats, into your Oculus Quest 2 and you’re good to go! Yes, it’s that easy!
What’s more is that your headset will support 2-D video files as well as 3-D files. This means that if you have the 3-D version of your movie or video downloaded, the Oculus Quest 2 will be giving you a very unique experience indeed!
Well, what if you don’t have a downloaded file? Let’s say you’re subscribed to Netflix, Amazon Prime, or Hulu. Wondering if you can still stream those directly to your headset?
Yes, most of these streaming services have a dedicated app for the Quest 2 and you can stream the movies straight in the device (provided you have a Wi-Fi connection)
For those services that do not have a dedicated app for the Quest 2, you can still use them via a web browser. No Worries!
The Visual Quality of Oculus Quest 2
Facebook used an RGB stripe display for its latest device (compared to the OLED Pentile of the original Quest). Basically, this places pixels in the headset closer together so the gaps are practically non-existent to the naked eye and images are much clearer!
The headset boasts a resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye or panel. Doing a little Math projects a total resolution of almost 4k! Even for a next-gen headset, that’s pretty neat.
With a refresh rate of up to 90Hz, the Quest 2 can deliver a smooth viewing experience and manages to offer reasonable competition to other VR headsets (especially considering it is a standalone device).
However, if you’re looking to compare it to a high-end PC then you’re probably going to be a little disappointed. The clarity and colors offered on an OLED TV, for example, is definitely going to be more visually pleasing, and you’ll also find higher refresh rates on PCs. Even watching on a 4K TV is going to deliver greater exposure and more vivid colors.
The upgraded LCD in the Oculus 2 doesn’t offer too much in terms of deep colors and that perfect black pitch on screen, but then again, is it really meant to?
The beauty about VR headsets lies in the immersion they give you. Watching movies on the Oculus Quest 2 will be a one-of-a-kind experience for you because of how the headset is going to transfer you to a different world.
This immersion factor is why VR exists in the first place! The visual quality is far from being described as “bad”. In fact, there could even be a few LCD TVs that the Oculus Quest 2 would beat. Comparing the VR headset with PC or TV builds in the same price range wouldn’t really be an accurate comparison. The expectation you should be going for with a VR headset is how it can take you into a whole new world!
The Comfort Factor
Starting out with VR headsets doesn’t always work our perfectly – that’s just a fact, but something you really don’t need to worry about! Some people adjust to the virtual world faster than others.
Do remember to check health and safety warnings if motion sickness and color blasts are things you’ve been told to be aware of!
But once you get adjusted to the headset, (usually around the hour-long mark), you may find yourself keeping it on a bit too long!
Having a device strapped right on your face may not sound like the brightest idea, but trust me: it gets better and better! Not only does the headset has its own built in features for comfort such as padding and a weight-balance design, but there’s also a few things you can do to have your experience be all the more worthwhile!
- Adjust the IPD settings if you find yourself straining your eyes to watch the movies and being uncomfortable. You can learn more about IPD here.
- Make use of extra comfort straps that you can buy from Amazon or Oculus websites. These are designed specifically to make you wearing the Oculus Quest 2 more bearable, and many users actually say they make quite a difference!
- Take breaks. This is probably emphasized in the VR community everywhere. VR itself does not damage your eyes, but eye strain in front of any light projection is dangerous. So if you feel your eyes struggling to keep up in the VR world, you might be surprised at how much good a small break would do you.
Why You Should Watch Movies using VR?
Everything around you will be the movie that you are watching, especially if go with the 3-D version. If you want to know more about watching 3-D movies in VR, check out my previous article.
But even that doesn’t mean you’ll be losing out from an impressive 2-D experience! What you see inside the VR headset will be the projection of a huge screen. Of course, you can change the size of this screen to what suits you, but bigger is better, right?
It gets even better. With Oculus Quest 2 you can watch movies however you want! Sit up, lie down, do that pose where you’re somewhere between sitting and lying down, it’s up to you! With the headset on, your movies will follow you.
And that’s not all! You can even bring your friends to your virtual space via BigScreen for example. Even something as simple as streaming videos on Youtube can be done by using dedicated apps. Now you can watch movies with anyone, anywhere!
So… What are you waiting for?