Ways to Make Your Meta/Oculus Quest 2 More Comfortable

If you are looking to make your Meta/Oculus™ Quest 2 more comfortable, read on! We have included some useful advice here on relieving the pressure from the front-heavy headset, getting the best fit for your glasses and accessory recommendations that will enhance comfort and improve your VR experience.

When Meta launched Quest 2 in 2020, one of the improvements highlighted about the new headset was the weight. Quest 2 is 10% lighter than the original Quest.

Sony’s upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset is also lighter than the previous generation. LIkewise, Apple could potentially release an AR/VR headset that is slimmer in design than the current crop of devices on the market.

Making headsets smaller and lighter is a goal among VR manufacturers. Reducing the weight will enable people to wear the headset longer and spend more time in VR.

It is a common gripe that the headsets today feel heavy, leave pressure marks on the face after a session and even cause neck pain.

Another complaint is the foam gaskets can quickly become hotbeds of germs as sweat and dirt get trapped in the porous material. Wearing a dirty headset spoils the immersion because you would be less focused on the game and more worried about catching something nasty.

Wearing glasses with the headset can also be uncomfortable for some people, especially if the prescription frames are thicker than the recommended guidelines from manufacturers.

Let us now look at some ways to address each issue and how we can improve the level of comfort.

Reduce the Pressure

One way to make the VR headset less painful on the head is to adjust the head strap. Make sure the head strap is not too tight or too loose. The head strap should be tight enough that the VR headset does not move around on your head but loose enough that it is comfortable. Try to get the headset to sit evenly on your face; otherwise, it can cause pressure points and discomfort.

Another way to make the head strap more comfortable is to get an Elite Strap or a halo style strap. These head straps are designed to take some pressure off the face by redistributing it to the top of your head.

The extra weight at the back of the Elite strap also acts as a counterbalance to the front-heavy headset. The Elite Strap with Battery offers a similar benefit except it packs even more weight in the rear since it includes an extra battery.

For a solution that complements the Elite Strap, there is the VR Cover Elite Headstrap Foam Pad which cups the back of your head with soft cushioning and makes the strap feel more snug and ergonomic.

Wearing Prescription Glasses with the Headset

If you are using the original strap on Quest 2, you would want the strap to go on last. We suggest wearing the headset this way:

  1. Place the headset on your face and fit your glasses inside, making sure they are not touching the lens.
  2. Bring the strap over your head.
  3. If your glasses are pressing uncomfortably against you at this point, try pushing forward the arms of the frames just above your ears. This will shift them slightly away from your eyes.
  4. Adjust the strap on the sides so that they are not pressing your ears against the frames.

Thicker prescription glasses can benefit from using a glasses spacer, whether it is the spacer that comes with the headset or the VR Cover versions – XL Spacer (FAQs here) and VR Cover Facial Interface Spacer (FAQs here). A glasses spacer creates a bit more gap between your glasses and the lens and reduces the possibility of them brushing up against each other and causing scratches.

You can also consider switching to custom made prescription lens inserts. With them, you never have to worry about how your glasses are fitting in the headset or potential scratches to the lens. VR Lens Lab sells prescription lens inserts specially designed for different headsets.

Enhance Hygiene

Always wipe down the headset before and after every VR session. Use a microfiber cloth or anti-bacterial wipes. We recommend alcohol-free and skin-friendly wipes as these will not harm the surface of the headset or leave a sticky residue.

For a more sanitary option, try utilizing a washable VR Cover, Silicone Cover or a wipeable, adjustable foam replacement such as the Facial Interface and Foam Replacement or the Fitness Facial Interface and Foam Replacement. These cleanable accessories not only reduce the build-up of sweat and dirt, they also extend the shelf life of your equipment by keeping it in good condition for longer.

Disposable covers are convenient to have in a multi-user setting where you need a quick change of covers before passing the headset on to another person.

By following some of these tips, you will be able to get the most out of your headset, improve the comfort and experience the best possible VR.