I Would Get A Quest 2 Just To Watch Movies And TV
Here’s something I didn’t expect to discover during my Oculus Quest 2 review: the resolution is so good that it’s almost as useful for watching movies as it is for playing games. Even if I wasn’t interested in playing VR titles, I think the Quest 2 has plenty of utility as a dedicated movie and TV watching device.
If you’ve ever lay in bed and watched a movie on your phone, consider that you could have been watching it in glorious (nearly) 4K resolution in what’s essentially a virtual movie theater. I am one such bed-movie watcher, and have recently learned that the Quest experience is just so much better.
Even if you have a TV in your bedroom, the problem with televisions is that they are a) loud, and b) fixed to a permanent position in the room. When you watch a movie on the Quest, not only is it on the size of an IMAX with sound piped in through earbuds, but it also moves around with you. Turn your head in any direction and get comfortable by whatever means necessary and the screen will remain right in front of your face.
For me, silently watching movies in bed is often necessary so as not to wake my sleeping partner. I can’t turn on the TV because the light and sound will disturb her, but I can pull on the Quest, shove some earbuds in, and feel like I’m watching Transformers: Dark of the Moon on opening night (in an empty theater, obviously).
Of course, movie watching isn’t limited to laying in bed. The beauty of the Quest is its wire-free portability. It’s like taking a cinema with you wherever you go, on a long flight or road trip. The image quality of the Quest 2 is slowly but surely opening my mind up to all of the different possibilities in how it can be used.
I know you’re probably thinking you don’t want a screen strapped to your face while you watch an entire movie, but I find the feeling of the headset itself sort of falls away as I get immersed in whatever I’m watching. And it’s easy to get immersed when you’re completely cut off from the world around you, and all you can see is this massive screen and crystal clear picture in front of you. A high-quality pair of earbuds is all you really need to complete the experience.
The Quest 2 battery will last about three hours while watching TV, which is plenty of time to watch at least one movie or a few shows. With the Elite Strap and battery accessory Oculus sells, you can extend that up to six hours. I think the bulky strap might be uncomfortable for watching shows while laying in bed (I haven’t tested it yet myself), but for sitting on an airplane or something it should work out great.
Netflix, Amazon Prime, and YouTube all have native apps on the Quest 2 that offer a great cinema-like experience, but you can watch other streaming services like Hulu and HBO Max through the Oculus browser or Firefox Reality. The video streaming quality isn’t quite as high as it is in the native applications, but it certainly isn’t bad either.
Finally, you can also transfer videos directly from your computer onto the Quest 2. The Quest shows up as a drive on PC, but on Mac you’ll need to use the Android File Transfer utility. You can put full 4K movies onto your Quest 2 this way, just keep in mind that the $299 model only comes with 64GB of available space.
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Eric Switzer is the Livestream News Editor for TheGamer as well as the lead for VR and Tech. He has written about comics and film for Bloody Disgusting and VFXwire. He is a graduate of University of Missouri – Columbia and Vancouver Film School. Eric loves board games, fan conventions, new technology, and his sweet sweet kitties Bruce and Babs. Favorite games include Destiny 2, Kingdom Hearts, Super Metroid, and Prey…but mostly Prey. His favorite Pokémon is Umbreon.
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