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Splinty

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These other guys answered well, but it's all a standalone system. You only need a cord if you want to trick it out and even then, not really. I got bored with the baseline oculus experience in a week and started tweaking. There are more games and experiences in Steam, more porn on the web or in PC apps. You can have a standalone experience though over strong wifi using the in built Oculus Link (over wifi or a cable). It depends what kind of intensive stuff you end up doing. I really liked the Half Life franchise so I use a cable to play Half Life Alyx just to reduce any risk of latency. Plus as you saw in my Fapout thread, attention to detail matters 😎

So long usb cable is needed for me to access other catalogs like steam?
 

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So long usb cable is needed for me to access other catalogs like steam?

Its like having a PS 4 and saying you want to purchase a lead so you can play the PS2 version of Crash Bandicoot on it.

Why would you want to?
 

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Its like having a PS 4 and saying you want to purchase a lead so you can play the PS2 version of Crash Bandicoot on it.

Why would you want to?
Steam has plenty of their own exclusives.

Splinty @Splinty, I'd highly recommend Space Pirate Trainer (it's on Oculus store too). Fun game to just pick up and play, and a great demo of what to expect with VR.
 

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Fuck ya. My kids are finally back to school and I’m waiting for new employer to get me started. I got time to dive in, I haven’t even started the headset on yet. Would it be weird to watch VR porn knowing that once my son gets home he’ll be using it for gorilla tag?
I thought you were self employed for some reason

i hope the new gig satisfies you
 

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I thought you were self employed for some reason

i hope the new gig satisfies you
Nah I have no interest in running my own company. My dads been an electrical contractor since th early 70s and I’ve seen what it take. Hard pass.
 

kneeblock

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So long usb cable is needed for me to access other catalogs like steam?
No, you can connect PC to Steam over wifi either with the free built in software or with the virtual desktop app, which you have to buy, but some top tier games, I've found, just get a bit buggy and really test the connection. It's nice to have the cord in case. The official oculus cord isn't worth it, but there are cheap ones for around $15 that do the job. I also like to have the cord for when my battery dies to use to plug into basically any phone brick and keep it going if you're really into a game or experience.
 

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This post composed in VR.

Just found the holy grail of apps to make a true metaverse. It's called Neos. Played with a really cool experience where you freely move between the limits of the observable universe and atomic scale.
 

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This post composed in VR.

Just found the holy grail of apps to make a true metaverse. It's called Neos. Played with a really cool experience where you freely move between the limits of the observable universe and atomic scale.
You gonna fuck me up if I am able surf the internet easily while also watching VR pr0n on a much bigger yacht
 

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Fingers @Fingers Coast @Coast IschKabibble @IschKabibble PaleAndGangly @PaleAndGangly Nuk Soo Kow @Nuk Soo Kow shall we have a meetup in Horizon Worlds or VRChat? So far the coolest social space I've been to is Chillout VR but it's on Steam.
I'd be up for that, if I can find the time for it.

Splinty @Splinty I hate to add another thing you should buy to the list, but if you havent already bought a different strap, I would recommend going for one that has the extra battery built in. As it stands you get 2-3 hours out of the headset, and it takes as long to charge as it does to drain. I've connected a powerbank to mine which will give it another 4 or so hours.

Does anyone have any apps to recommend. I've been playing Thrill of The Fight mostly, just downloaded the Star Wars Pinball, which is unreal - you lean over the table and if it wasn't for the fact you had a headset on you wouldn't know it wasn't a real table you were looking at.
 

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I'd be up for that, if I can find the time for it.

Splinty @Splinty I hate to add another thing you should buy to the list, but if you havent already bought a different strap, I would recommend going for one that has the extra battery built in. As it stands you get 2-3 hours out of the headset, and it takes as long to charge as it does to drain. I've connected a powerbank to mine which will give it another 4 or so hours.

Does anyone have any apps to recommend. I've been playing Thrill of The Fight mostly, just downloaded the Star Wars Pinball, which is unreal - you lean over the table and if it wasn't for the fact you had a headset on you wouldn't know it wasn't a real table you were looking at.
My roommate is addicted to Population One. He sits in a chair to play and spins around killing young children for hours. It's a little disturbing, but I'm happy that he's happy. He plays on Quest 2 and has the external battery as well. He recently hooked the battery to the back of his head strap as a counterweight to prevent the screen from sliding down his face. I was skeptical but it turned out to be really comfortable.
 

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I’ve spent over an hour this morning trying to add a second account to my kids Quest 2. I’m about to smash the fucking thing.
 

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I'd be up for that, if I can find the time for it.

Splinty @Splinty I hate to add another thing you should buy to the list, but if you havent already bought a different strap, I would recommend going for one that has the extra battery built in. As it stands you get 2-3 hours out of the headset, and it takes as long to charge as it does to drain. I've connected a powerbank to mine which will give it another 4 or so hours.

Does anyone have any apps to recommend. I've been playing Thrill of The Fight mostly, just downloaded the Star Wars Pinball, which is unreal - you lean over the table and if it wasn't for the fact you had a headset on you wouldn't know it wasn't a real table you were looking at.
I'm gonna make my list here of things I've gotten on the Quest, on the Oculus store on my PC, on Steam and elsewhere on the interwebz. Just give me a minute to look through everything and I'll write a bible length post.
 

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We bought the unit for my son for Xmas so it’s all setup as he wants. I’m trying to add my own account, I thought eees normal?
If you are using another account, mind that some apps are not shared across different accounts. You may find you son would have to use your account to play certain things, or you would have to buy them again on his account.
 

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I'm gonna make my list here of things I've gotten on the Quest, on the Oculus store on my PC, on Steam and elsewhere on the interwebz. Just give me a minute to look through everything and I'll write a bible length post.
So, here's the list.

On the Quest 2

Non-games

Virtual Desktop: On the Oculus, you can connect to your PC in a number of ways. There is the Oculus Link which you can do over WiFi. It works, but sometimes gets glitchy. You can also plug a USB-C into your device and PC and get probably the best resolution and framerate, but based on Recommendations, I'd heard Virtual Desktop was the easiest, most functional way to connect your headset wirelessly to your PC and access all its functions and I was not disappointed. It's very simple to run and doesn't lock you in one place like the native oculus app (Workspace) nor does it ever glitch. It gives you running stats ln your PC's performance. If you have a good PC with a good graphics card and you keep it connected to an ethernet, you can get really good performance on this app. I maybe should've tried more with Oculus Wireless Link, but I just couldn't get it to work well consistently so I got this app. Useful if you're downloading apps that are PC only because remember, the Quest runs on essentially the hardware of a high end mobile device.

Horizon Worlds: This is Facebook's stab at giving users the ability to create their own experiences and games and socialize. While I'm impressed that FB is teaching people how to build, the assets are pretty basic. You'll get some cool stuff that's cartoony and of course be able to socialize, but it has some hard limits.

Horizon Events: Similar to above, it's cartoony avatars drifting around talking to one another, but this time while attending events like a view from the International Space Station, OneFC, some NBA games, a 2Chainz concert and other assorted things. So far FB hasn't booked many good events, but OneFC is cool to watch despite the casuals.

VRChat: This is arguably THE most popular social space. There are a number of worlds you can visit and just talk with others or hang out forever alone. It kind of reminds me of Clubhouse plus weird avatars. Available on the Quest or Steam.

VTime: I've been using this since I had Google Cardboard. It's basically a space where 4 people can sit and talk in a number of settings, underwater, in space, on a cliff's edge, etc. Useful if you have 4 friends with any type of headset.

Bigscreen: This is for watching movies socially. You basically get an iMax size screen you can watch 3d movies on or you can load your own. You can also bring your desktop into this space and share with others. Virtual desktop is a bit better imo, but bigscreen is cool for its 3D films.

NetflixVR: Netflix but in VR. You get to sit in a cozy cabin watching a TV.

YouTube VR: Here you can watch regular YouTube, but there are a lot of 360 videos worth checking out that people have uploaded. If you want to see live action video, it's worth it, though there are other apps with more slickly produced content, like all things YouTube.

Wander: Basically Google Street View that you pay for. It's a good app for what it is, but you can get google earth on your PC for free and accomplish the same thing.

Within: A good overview of cinematic VR that I've been playing since the Gear VR days. Some cool experiences including some that won awards. They have good curation so you usually see some cool experiences that push storytelling in different and interesting ways.

Games

Population One: Basically Fortnite or PubG on the Quest. Good game. Easy to play and you don't need to be a munitions expert to just get in and start shooting.

Onward: This is a more tactical shooter, kind of like Call of Duty. The gun loading is maybe a little too realistic, but it's fun once you get the hang of it.

Thrill of the Fight: very realistic boxing game amazingly made by a pencil necked geek. While other games like Creed: Rise to Glory offer player vs player boxing, it's horribly buggy and the hand tracking is sometimes off. This game is for people who like to actually box. It's a great workout.

Deisim: This is one of my favorite games. In it you're a god and you build a roomscale world and populate it with flora, fauna and humans. They sometimes go to war, which you can stop by hurling thunderbolts. You can also redistribute resources between the towns the people build. Look out for heretics. They'll foment war so you must either hurl them off your map or eat them.

Vader Immortal: I hesitated to buy this game on PS4 VR because I kept hearing it was short, but it's actually 3 episodes that all together cost about $30 and are the length of a full Star Wars movie. The graphics are incredible and there's a Lightsaber Dojo training mode where you just work on your dueling skills for hours and hours. Truly awesome as a Star Wars fan. In it, you're training to be Vader's apprentice and it's set between episodes 3 and 4.

I have some other apps that I've not really used yet like Supernatural (a workout app) or Alcove (a video watching and social app) or Shack Pavlov (a shooter) or Resist (essentially Spider-Man with guns). I'll return to review those after I use them more.

Generally, I've found you should trust the reviews and avoid things that aren't rated a 4.0 or higher, with only a couple exceptions (e.g. Netflix). I'll return to post the Steam and PC games I have a bit later.
 

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We bought the unit for my son for Xmas so it’s all setup as he wants. I’m trying to add my own account, I thought eees normal?
In simple terms, it's easier to just delete the browser history than to add a second account.
 

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kneeblock @kneeblock so, someone is going to ask this sooner or later - do you use any of the apps to sideload - things like Rclone or loader.

I've bought a fair few things for it but tried loader the other day, I was like a kid in a candy shop.

And yeah, I think Virtual Desktop should be the first thing bough for the Quest, too many problems with default option where as Virtual Desktop works flawless for me.

A few games I like not already mentioned by you.

Gorn - Roman Arena type game, use maces, swords, bows, axes, and a bunch of other stuff to chop the opponents to bits. Good fun.

Eleven - Its just ping pong that you can play online, but it actually feels like real ping pong.

The Walking Dead Saints and Sinners - The closest thing the quest has to a AAA title. I can play 15 minutes at time before the motion sickness sets in, if fact if I didn't get sea sick everytime I play a game that moves, this would be my favourite.

Superhot VR - You look at this on YT and looks shit. Playing it is completely different. Basically its a shooter where time only moves when you move, the quicker you move the quicker time moves. It makes for some matrix type moments.

The Climb - A rock climbing simulator, sounds shit but its genuinely fun, you get a real feel for how high you are when your losing grip and about to fall.

Beat Sabre - Everyone else has it, you might as well have it too. Play your first go on Expert+ and call bullshit on it all.
 
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In simple terms, it's easier to just delete the browser history than to add a second account.
If so that’s completed retarded. If the idea is to have the headset use up to 3 users then let me do it. Reading online there’s lots of other people with same issue. I’m not looking to hide anything but like a shared computer I like it set up for me, that’s the whole idea of the meta verse no? Only thing I haven’t tried is factory reset. Reason being it has to be done over app and my sons phone is at school with him so I’m not able to. I know even on Xbox playing COD or whatever. My son will be using my account sometimes and one of my buddies with just join his game and be all “YO YO MOTHER FUCKER WHUT UP?!! KILL MANY FAGS?!”. Lol. I’m not impressed with this aspect of it at all. It’s bad enough I had to make a FB account.
 

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If so that’s completed retarded. If the idea is to have the headset use up to 3 users then let me do it. Reading online there’s lots of other people with same issue. I’m not looking to hide anything but like a shared computer I like it set up for me, that’s the whole idea of the meta verse no? Only thing I haven’t tried is factory reset. Reason being it has to be done over app and my sons phone is at school with him so I’m not able to. I know even on Xbox playing COD or whatever. My son will be using my account sometimes and one of my buddies with just join his game and be all “YO YO MOTHER FUCKER WHUT UP?!! KILL MANY FAGS?!”. Lol. I’m not impressed with this aspect of it at all. It’s bad enough I had to make a FB account.

this isn't relevant?