So you just got your hands on the incredible standalone VR headset from Facebook, Oculus Quest 2, and look forward to the opportunity to dive deep into a huge catalog of games and applications. There’s only one problem: you have is not enough physical space!
For those who don’t know, Oculus Quest 2 is a 6DoF headset that allows you to navigate through virtual worlds, physically moving your real-world environment. Oculus recommends the gaming space with a size of 2 meters by 2 meters without obstacles. Not necessarily, they just recommend. There is always a “Stationary mode”, but anyone who has 6DoF headset, will tell you how much more exciting can be a Room-scale (technology positional tracking).
When it comes to the original Oculus Quest, some users were unable to transfer your gaming session to the street, which allowed them to use unlimited space provided by nature to literally run for their virtual worlds. It’s a risky move, given the fact that direct sunlight can damage the lenses and sensors. But what about the Oculus Quest 2? Can I use the new and improved Facebook headset on the street? Well, the answer is Yes and no.
Technically headset Oculus Quest 2 can work outside of the household. You may encounter some discrepancies with tracking inside-out depending on the lighting conditions and the weather, but in General you should have no problems with running in a virtual space. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the controllers.
Unlike most headsets, controllers Quest 2 don’t work on the street. It seems that the camera Oculus Quest 2 have difficulty tracking controllers in a brightly lit environment; the same goes for hand tracking to Oculus Quest. While you may be lucky with darker lighting conditions, whether it’s cloudy or shade. Simply put, the more shade the better tracked headset and controller.
So, does Oculus Quest 2 on the street? It depends on what is to invest in the concept of “work”. While it’s true that you can physically move around their virtual environments with tracking inside-out, your controllers will not accompany you, making it almost impossible to interact with games and apps. However, it is nice to have the opportunity to stroll through their favorite virtual worlds, not worrying about what you will hit your head on the wall. Just don’t forget to install 2 Oculus Quest in developer mode, so you can disable the security system. Again, direct sunlight can damage your headset. If you decide to play outside, if possible, stick to darker sites away from the sun.