Now that I’ve had ample time to put the two Oculus VR products to a fact-based head to head comparison — it is time for me to disclose the pros and cons of each. Note: I’m leaving the Facebook issues out of this discussion because this is a pure discussion of hardware and VR features; not a “religious argument”. At this point, if you’re new to Oculus — Facebook is a required evil. So let’s not even bother with it and get down to the big duke-a-roo.

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Those of you that follow my writings here and my posts on Reddit know that I’m not someone that will mince words or fight with kid gloves. Many of these are subjective evaluations between the two units; and in some cases, the features that favor one device or another may not matter to everyone. …


Whether you are brand new to VR with the Quest 2 or managed to grab a dirt cheap Quest OG on eBay for $100 — I’m going to give you over FORTY great experiences to kick start your virtual reality collection. These are all native Quest games — no PC required. Let’s get started! Updated: 2020–10–25

This “mega” article is a compilation of a half a dozen articles I’ve previously published — along with fresh, brand new games you can’t live without.

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Before we go over the experiences, just a couple more things. First, these are Quest native titles; not streamed via Link, Virtual Desktop or other means. Second, these are chosen based on a variety of criteria — some scientific and some not so much so; and probably completely inconsistently, too. …


Things are about to change regarding Oculus, Facebook and potentially Beat Saber. Let’s talk about what we know — and what we don’t know — about what’s coming down the pike in less than a week. Updated: 2020–10–18 with some new information.

We are just a few days away from an important change for the Oculus VR platform. Not only is Oculus doing a big change to the Terms of Service it expects users to abide by on October 11th, but on the 13th the Oculus 2 headset is released — which also signifies the death of all new Oculus accounts in favor of requiring all new hardware and users to use real, verifiable Facebook accounts. …


Just over a year old, the consumer-friendly and totally wireless Oculus Quest stand-alone virtual reality headset is proving a smash hit both newcomers to VR and to those whom have been tethered to the PC for far too long. Check the end of this article for other volumes in this collection of mini-reviews.

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Hopefully you’ve read my other recommendations already. We won’t be covering older ground.

Before we go over the experiences, just a couple more things. First, these are Quest native titles; not streamed via Link, Virtual Desktop or other means. …


There is no question that virtual reality gaming is simply amazing; it is immersive, emotion-eliciting and a fresh experience where the entertainment medium has faltered in recent times. Unfortunately, even for the well-initiated, it can elicit another response; mild to severe motion sickness. Here are five ways you can enjoy VR gaming while avoiding a trip to the porcelain gods. Note: This is mostly aimed at Oculus Quest owners, but other VR users may definitely benefit from the information within.

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Whether you’re brand new to VR or are a long time purveyor of alternative reality gaming there is a good chance that you suffer from motion sickness. …


In Death’s dream kingdom, Heaven is abandoned. Among its crumbling ruins, forsaken souls, angelic creatures and demons alike have run amok. Only a courageous hero that dares to venture deep into the Afterlife will be able to restore Harmony. Updated 2020–07–23.

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In 2018, indie studio Sólfar Studios released a virtual reality game on Steam simply named In Death. The rogue-like, procedurally generated levels loaded with clever enemies and snappy ranged attacks made Purgatory worth visiting over and over again.

The only thing that would have made In Death better would be to play it without wires.

Fast forward to July 2020 — and Superbright has taken the near-perfect game on PC VR and “unchained” us (get it?) from the shackles of wires and cables; bringing us what will surely be considered the definitive edition of the game. …


While most people purchase the Oculus Quest because they do not have a “VR Ready” PC to begin with, there are many Quest owners that actually have a computer powerful enough to run AAA titles like Half-Life: Alyx or The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners. Oculus has offered a wired solution called Link that lets you play PCVR games on their headset — but there is another WIRELESS solution for those with the right network and setup. It’s called Virtual Desktop. Last Updated: 2020–10–25

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While not a requirement to use this article, it would probably be a good idea to read this article if you’re fairly new to the Quest platform. …


Whether you’re a supporter or opponent of “cancel culture” or you agree or disagree with the social and political climate in the year 2020 — things are changing quickly with regards to the availability and integrity of film and television. If we don’t act soon, we may not be able to preserve our legacy at all.

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If you’ve been follow the news the past few months, you’ve undoubtedly noted that movies and TV shows are being censored or even outright removed from streaming services.

Why Is This Happening?

In some cases, it is due to the nature and values of the streaming service.

Disney+ decided to censor the partial nudity of Darryl Hannah in Splash! and has even taken measures to remove the infamous “sfx” easter egg word from the starscape in a scene of The Lion King (because some people see the word “sex” instead). …


Beat Saber is a virtual reality phenomenon. Using two lightsaber-like swords, you chop colored blocks flying at you; set to blasting music and a spectacular light show all in perfect synchronization to the beat. These play levels are known as charts, beatmaps or just “maps”; authored by unsung rhythmic heroes of the internet. How are these mini-capsules of musical magic created? The answer may surprise you.

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If you’re not familiar with Beat Saber, let’s take a look at a little teaser before we continue.

If you’ve played this high intensity rhythm game, you know that timing and flow are everything; a synergy between beat, motion, sound and lights. …


Nearly a year old, the consumer-friendly and totally wireless Oculus Quest stand-alone virtual reality headset is proving a smash hit both newcomers to VR and to those whom have been tethered to the PC for far too long. Check the end of this article for other volumes in this collection of mini-reviews.

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Hopefully you read my other recommendations already. We won’t be covering older ground.

Before we go over the experiences, just a couple more things. First, these are Quest native titles; not streamed via Link, Virtual Desktop or other means. …

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