Oculus Quest Accessories – What do I Really Need?
So you just got your Oculus Quest headset. AWESOME!!
Now you’re wondering… all of these ACCESSORIES!! Where do I even start? What’s really important to have and what’s just for fun? Well, I’ll try to help you out a bit here (note: this article will be updated over time). In this article, we’re going to look at the two things I consider to be the MOST essential: Lense Care and Charging. There are lots of other important accessories to consider, but these are the two most basic things. You can click on product images to order them!
Lense Care – So one of the first things EVERYONE is going to need, is a safe way to take care of those precious lenses!
Not only do they protect your lenses from stuff like dust, accidental scratches and smears, but they protect your lenses from accidental SUNBURN. Yup, you heard that right. The lenses inside the headset, the ones right in front of your eyeballs, can easily become sunburnt, and it’s permanent. It has been found that direct exposure to sunlight can permanently damage the lenses in less than a minute, so be careful!
This set is cheap, but they will work just fine!
Do you wear prescription lenses?
Alternately, you can get prescription lenses to fit into your headset! Super convenient. Even if you don’t wear prescription lenses, you can get a set of protective lenses to go over your headset lenses!
Check out this website to order them – VR Optician
Finally, the lenses WILL get dirty. No matter how careful you are, they will get smears, smudges, dust particles, sweat… (yes, sweat – it turns out that VR is surprisingly good exercise!) on them and you will need a safe way to clean them. This lense cleaning pen works nicely, with a brush to clean away the dust and a lense cleaner to polish up that lense.
Next up – Charging!
Your headset will only last a couple of hours per charge, so charging your headset is something you will become intimately familiar with. Nothing like being yeeted out of a high intensity battle because your battery just died!
One of the first things you will quickly realize is that the charging cable shipped with the headset is rather… short. Unless you have a special area set up to charge your headset, you might find the included cable to be inadequate. Here are a few suggestions!
I’ve found that a 6-10′ charging cable is usually about the right length. You can also use this cable to connect your headset to your computer (we’ll talk more about that in another article). If you plan to use the original charging brick, you just need a USB C to USB C cable. I prefer Anker as the most reliable brand of charging cable. If you plan to use a standard charging brick, or if your computer doesn’t have a USB C port, you should look into getting a USB 3.1 to USB C cable.
What about those controllers? The stock batteries that come with them do seem to last an unusually long time for most folks, but eventually you’re going to have to replace them and the most cost effective plan is to get yourself a GOOD set of rechargeable batteries.
Be aware that normal AA batteries will work, but they won’t last long and you’ll start experiencing more “tracking loss”, because the batteries just don’t pump that juice out the way higher quality rechargeables will. So, what you need is a set of 4 Li-Ion 1.5v batteries (2 to use, 2 to charge). They usually need a specific type of charger that isn’t for use with other rechargeables, so getting the batteries and charger together is a good idea. We’re using this set and it’s working great so far.
Need MORE POWER? Of course you do. Extend your playing time dramatically with a high quality external battery pack! To be of practical use, you will need a battery pack that is at least 10,000 mAh and no less than 4-Amps. This one works nicely:
To actually connect your battery to your headset, some folks simply wrap a velcro strap around the battery and use that to attach the battery to the strap. The AMVR Battery Holder works with a variety of head straps and comes with several handy accessories to customize your experience. We use this one and we like it a lot! Our biggest complaint is that it can be a little tricky to set up, initially. The instructions could be better.
The above battery holder comes with a magnetic charging cable, but if you decide not to use that battery holder, or if you want a better charging cable for it, you will need an appropriate cable to connect that external battery to the charging port of your headset. We like this one. It’s 3′ long with a right-angle USB-C connector, so you can tuck it into your shirt pocket, or coil it a couple of times and use a velcro strap to connect it to your headset.
Well, those are the most basic essentials.
Probably the next thing you will start caring about is a whole other topic: Comfort! Several accessories fall under this category, including grip covers, silicon face cover and/or faceplate replacement sets and of course, those fancy head straps which range in price from $30 to over $100. We’ll talk about those later. We hope this article has been helpful! Let us know what you think in the comments below.
And remember, ALWAYS WEAR YOUR GRIP STRAPS!