The Oculus Quest 2 is a phenomenal headset; the upgraded Snapdragon XR2 platform provides a serious boost in the performance department, offering higher quality standalone VR experiences and, with an enhanced display, everything looks great too. All that for £100/$100 less than the first-gen headset? There’s certainly a lot to like about the Oculus Quest 2.
VR accessories help further enhance the virtual experience, with a flurry of great VR accessories available for PC VR headsets. Facebook-owned Oculus wanted to provide a similar experience for Quest users and designed the headset with accessories in mind. You can swap out the head strap, the faceplates and more to expand the functionality of the standalone headset and get the most out of it for your needs – be it gaming, social or work-related.
So, you’ve got your new headset and you want to pick up a few accessories to go along with it – you’ve come to the right place. We’ve tested and ranked the best accessories currently available for the Oculus Quest 2 (and original Quest) to help you get the most out of your virtual reality experience.
If you’re yet to pick up the headset, take a look at our Oculus Quest 2 review to see why it’s such a tempting option, and our selection of the best VR headsets if you’re on the market for something a little different.
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VR Cover Facial Interface for Oculus Quest 2
The soft spongey material that laces the Oculus Quest 2 is comfortable and breathable, but that’s also a problem – especially if you’re using the standalone headset to workout in apps like FitXR or Beat Saber and work up a bit of a sweat in the process. Nobody wants a super-absorbent headset lining that’s hard to wash and dry, right?
Thankfully, VRCover offers swappable soft leather faceplates for the Quest 2. The replacement faceplates are cushioned with foam so it’s just as comfortable, but with the added bonus of being easy to wipe down and clean when things get a bit sweaty. Bye-bye germs! There’s also an extended nose guard to help block light that comes in around your nose and passive air vents to help keep you cool too.
The new faceplates are due to ship at the end of November, with pricing TBC.
Oculus Link Cable
Oculus Link is undoubtedly one of the key features of the Oculus Quest for those that like to dabble in PC VR gaming. The Oculus Link functionality, available for both generations of Quest, allows users to hook the standalone headset up to a PC and use it to play PC VR titles. You see, while the Oculus Quest is a capable bit of hardware with an incredible display, it doesn’t have the same level of power as a high-end gaming PC. Besides, there are games like Half Life: Alyx that simply aren’t available on Quest.
Oculus Link essentially saves you the hassle of having to buy a second headset for use with PC, and with one of the best displays of any VR headset on the market right now (standalone or otherwise) the Quest is the perfect option to experience high-end PC VR titles. It’s capped at 60Hz for now, but an update to increase it to 90Hz on the second-gen headset should be available soon.
You can admittedly use a variety of USB-C cables to connect the headset to your gaming PC, but the official Link cable is both long enough at 5m and sports a 90-degree angle on the USB-C end for a cleaner look when plugged into the headset. If you’ve got a capable gaming PC and want to experience titles like No Man’s Sky in VR, the Link cable is a must-have.
Oculus Elite Strap
The Oculus Quest 2’s head strap is great – it’s made from a stretchy fabric that can fit a variety of head shapes and it can be folded into the headset for a compact form factor when travelling – but it’s not the easiest strap to adjust, nor is it the most comfortable.
That’s where the Elite Strap comes in. In a similar vein to Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap, Oculus’ Elite Strap features a cushioned hard frame and a crank system on the back to easily adjust the fit. The end result is a headset that’s easier to put on, stays securely in place and feels comfortable to wear over longer periods of play, but there is a trade-off in portability as it increases the overall footprint by quite a bit.
If you’re looking to share the Quest 2 with friends and family, it may be worth investing in the Elite Strap. It’ll speed up the initial fit process to no end and make sure everyone has the best visual experience possible.
Oculus Elite Strap with Battery & Carry Case
The Oculus Elite Strap with Battery and Carry Case is essentially what it says on the tin: it’s the same Elite Strap as described above, but with the addition of a battery on the rear to extend battery life. In fact, it close to doubles the battery life of the Quest 2, helping extend gameplay to over 3 hours before needing a top-up via USB-C.
There is added weight when compared to the standard Elite Strap, but we think it’s actually a benefit, helping balance the weight and stop the headset from feeling so front-heavy.
You’ll also get a textured hard-shell carry case with the premium strap combination, allowing you to safely store and transport your headset and controllers. It is expensive, so if you don’t think you’ll get enough use out of the additional battery life, the standard Elite Strap may be better for your needs.
Note: Oculus has temporarily taken the Elite Strap with Battery and Carry Case off the shelves while it investigates issues of the strap snapping during use.
Logitech PRO Gaming headset for Oculus Quest 2
The Quest’s built-in audio system is okay for casual VR use, but it’s not quite the same as having a dedicated pair of headphones. Oculus knows this, which is why there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack on the headset – the problem is that most wired gaming headsets have extremely long cables and it’s easy to get tangled.
That’s where Logitech’s PRO Gaming Headset for Oculus Quest 2 comes in. It’s the same as the standard PRO gaming headset in almost every way, so you’ll be getting great audio performance and a snug fit, but there’s one key difference: the cable is incredibly short. That’ll negate any potential tangle issues, and if you do want to use the headset for gaming on PC or console, you’ll be happy to know that there’s a full-length 3.5mm cable and USB-powered DAC included in the box.
It’s not essential if you’re only using the VR headset for social activities or web browsing, but if you want to really get into Beat Saber or Population: One, a gaming headset is the right choice.
Note: It’s available in the US for now, with UK availability expected soon.
Energizer Recharge Pro
The Oculus Quest controllers are great, and the second-gen controllers last way longer than the originals, but there is still a problem: they use disposable AA batteries. There is reasoning behind this with built-in batteries deteriorating over time, offering less and less power per charge, while single-use batteries give you the most power possible. It’s just not very green (or wallet-friendly) is it?
One of the best accessories you can get for your Quest isn’t something that connects to the headset itself, oh no. Do yourself a favour and pick up a rechargeable battery station and four rechargeable AA batteries. You’ll get decent battery life out of them, you can use them over and over again and when they do eventually die, you’ll only have to fork out for a few new batteries.
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