A quick dive into the Meta Quest Series of VR headsets. We’ll try to quickly compare the differences between both headsets, mention some recommendations when it comes to performance, comfort and related accessories.

The Meta Quest series has been a top contender ever since its release when it comes to their value proposition. It offers users an immersive experience with a clean user interface, decent performance and the ability to tether to a PC when using the right cable. With the release of the Meta Quest 3, it’s essential to understand how it stacks up against its predecessor, the Meta Quest 2. This article will explore the features of each Quest headset under various categories, providing a detailed comparison.

Performance

Meta Quest 2: The Quest 2 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform which is used in almost all other standalone VR headsets, delivering reliable performance for a standalone VR headset. It supports most popular games, including Beat Saber, Superhot VR or VRChat (with certain limitations in standalone mode when it comes to which maps can be visited, which avatars can be seen and available visual effects).

Its internal battery, while convenient for wireless play, lasts for about 3 hours and can easily be connected to an external battery bank. Since the Quest 2 uses a lot of power, we recommend a PowerBank from a reputable source, Anker for example, with a decent output of at least 2.4amp per USB port.

Meta Quest 3: The Quest 3 elevates performance with an updated chipset, the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2, promising a more immersive and responsive VR experience for standalone experiences. This is a significant upgrade (around 2.5x the performance of its predescesor according to multiple sources) that should keep the headset running smoothly for years to come.

The battery of the Quest 3 has been known to last around 2 hours, which might be short for some people. See the accessories below for a headstrap that includes a battery pack. You can also simply buy a high-capacity battery pack from a known company like Anker and a right-angle USB-C cable which should keep the headset charged for longer play sessions. Simply make sure to get a battery pack with at least 2.4amps USB power.

Design and Comfort

Meta Quest 2: The Quest 2’s included strap should be enough for most people and offers a decent amount of adjustability. A spacer is included for glasses but comfortably fitting some larger pairs of glasses could be a bit difficult. The official Meta Quest YouTube channel posted a video mentionning glasses should not exceed 142mm width and 50mm height. Your mileage may vary with larger glasses.

Otherwise the headset, in our personal experience, was comfortable for longer sessions, simply make sure not to tigthen it too much and to take some breaks when necessary. Do also note that the arms on either side of the headset can rotate up and down which can help with pressure points on your forehead and cheeks.

The only negative when it comes to comfort was that headstrap, the plastic bits on holding the different parts together would put pressure in unwanted spots behind the head. Some users have not reported discomfort with them.

Meta Quest 3: The Quest 3 improves upon the design with a lighter build and better weight distribution, enhancing overall comfort and reducing fatigue during extended use. The strap has been upgraded slightly and the plastic bits holding the different parts of the strap together have been made flatter and wider, which should improve control. The rest of the adjustments from the Quest 2 are still available.

It can still be a good idea to invest into an upgraded headstraps, but it can be a good idea to wait until you have had a certain amount of time with the headset to decide whether or not you need one.

Display and Resolution

Meta Quest 2: With an LCD display providing 1920 x 3664 resolution , the Quest 2’s visual output is clear, offering decent colors and good contrasts for an engaging VR experience. The quality of the panels do not match OLED when it comes to deep blacks and color reproduction, but during our tests this has never been an issue since the headset is enclosed and blocks most of the external light.

Some bleeding happens through the nose area, but can be blocked with a quick and cheap silicone accessory, multiple versions are available online.

The LCD panel is able to reach 120hz which, if supported by your computer or the standalone experience/game can make everything ever more enjoyable. Because of the use of Fresnel lenses and the overall resolution, we cannot recommend the Quest 2 specifically for long-term office work or multitasking where a lot of small text will be on-screen since it can get quite difficult to read after a while. The lenses have a sweet spot in the middle that can make some text harder to read. Do note that this is normally not an issue in games because these issues are normally either accounted for, or you can move around to make it easier, we have not had issues.

Meta Quest 3: The Quest 3 boasts a higher resolution of 2064 x 2208 pixels per eye, ensuring sharper images and a more detailed virtual environment, which is a noticeable step up from its predecessor and will make text a lot easier to read, especially over longer periods of time.

The Quest 3 also supports 120hz refresh rate and now sports pancake lenses which are a type of Lens that allow for a much clearer image and have a larger sweet spot in the middle, which should help keep eye fatigue to a minimum. The headset also supports a horizontal field of view of 110 degrees compared to the 90 degrees FOV of the Quest 2 which will make the experience much more immersive for social and fast-paced games

Price, availability and recommendations

As the more budget-friendly option, the Quest 2 remains an excellent choice for those new to VR or not wanting to invest heavily. It is currently available at 250$USD and is often seen on discount down to around 200$. It is a great investment for someone who wants a first VR headset without needing to invest in the Meta Quest 3.

It does lack some features like the full-color, high-fidelity passthrough, has lower quality Fresnel lenses (versus the pancake lenses of the Quest 3) and is overall slightly older. Though the price difference can still make it a very attractive option, especially if combined with a higher quality headstrap with a battery pack. For example, this option from Kiwi should be a nice addition, their accessories are known to be of high quality, which is quite important when choosing a battery pack. Combined with Virtual Desktop or the wireless Oculus Link mode for PCVR play, the Quest 2 then becomes a remote play powerhouse.

We would still recommend considering the Quest 3 if it fits your budget since those differences do add some nice quality of life improvements to the overall experience.

The Meta Quest 3 is targeted at the premium market segment, at least for now. Its price reflects its advanced features and specifications, catering to VR enthusiasts who demand the best. A lot of these features simply enhance the experience of the headset and mean it will be supported for longer, taking into account that the headset is newer by almost exactly 3 years. Both headsets should still be supported for PCVR (wired or wireless connection to a gaming computer) for a long time, if the Quest 1 support by Meta is anything to go by.

As mentionned for the Quest 2, multiple options for headstraps with battery packs exist. For the Quest 3, another option by Kiwi is this one, which should extend your play time by a couple hours, depending on the app and the refresh rate chosen Otherwise the BOBOVR M3 Pro is well reviewed and should offer a similar level of comfort. Though we recommend waiting before buying one to see how the Quest 3 fits your own head.

Thanks

If you do not mind supporting us and decide on purchasing a Meta Quest 2 or Quest 3, it would be appreciated if you could use the below links to purchase the headsets.

Meta Quest 2 – 128Gb. This version of the Meta Quest is more than enough if you mostly plan to use it tethered to a gaming PC (which is recommended if you can, since it unlocks some better graphics and allows you to experience more games than the Standalone version). We personally use a 64Gb early Oculus Quest 2 and have never run out of storage because of this, even though we have some apps installed like RoboRecall, VRChat, browsers and multiple video viewers.

Meta Quest 3 – 128Gb. The Oculus Quest 3 is recommended if you can afford it because of the mentionned advantages it has over the Quest 2, which are mostly quality of life and the fact it is newer and should be supported for longer by Meta. The addition of color passthrough can often be underestimated, but it can make a world of differences ever single time you need to exist VR for a few seconds or to confirm something.

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