A convenient VR headset comfort mod has reached its goal on Kickstarter of $ 9,000 within 24 hours.
Who doesn’t love Oculus Quest? Facebook’s brilliant standalone device is currently dominating the VR headset market, offering consumers a great immersive experience. However, like any new equipment, the device is not without drawbacks, the loudest of which is the heavy external interface, which can cause additional stress on the user’s neck during long gaming sessions.
Designed to take the weight off the front of the headset, VR Balance is a special counterweight that is attached to the back of the Oculus Quest head strap using removable Velcro. Weighing about the same as three 10,000 mAh power supplies, the mod redistributes the weight throughout the headset, promising more comfortable dives in which you almost forget that you are wearing a headset. You can even attach your personal Power Bank to the mod for even longer gaming sessions.
“Personally, I can only use Quest for about 20-30 minutes, until it becomes too uncomfortable,” said creator Leon Jimenez. “When it starts to slide, the first thing I notice is that it goes a little out of focus. So I constantly had to adjust and tighten the headset. I tried to use the batteries and counterweights of the military helmet, but they were not heavy enough. VR Balance is exactly what is suitable in this situation.”
“I also developed a VR Balance counterweight for the Index, which is also surprisingly heavy, and for the Vive Digital Audio Strap. Their belts are more comfortable, but they are still tight, and are not a real counterweight. This will require a separate Kickstarter, and VR Balance for Quest should be successful to see if there is demand for other headsets.”
Those who had the opportunity to work with the mod themselves were pleasantly surprised by how much more convenient the headset has become. Despite the fact that the attachment device manages to evenly distribute the weight over the headset, with sharp and fast turns of the head, a small jump occurs, regardless of how tightly the headset is attached to the face. Some users may not be bothered by this slight inconvenience. When it comes to a more physically active virtual reality experience, it is probably better not to use a counterweight. It would be ideal to use a counterweight when watching movies or less intense 360 videos.
VR Balance on Kickstarter reached the goal of $ 9,000 in funding within 24 hours after launch. Those who deposit at least $ 25 will receive their own VR Balance counterweight with a special embroidered logo. The shipment is expected in March 2020.