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While I am completely blown away by the Quest and thrilled I bought it, I'm not new to VR, having owned both the Oculus Rift and Go, along with the Gear VR. I have been reading reactions from people new to VR who bought a Quest (or who own other headsets like the PSVR), and I thought I would share some of them:





 

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And there were no negative ones?
 

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And there were no negative ones?
I've not seen any negative ones. Reviews have addressed some of the shortcomings of it - they did have to sacrifice some graphical fidelity compared to tethered pc headsets, and some people don't like the audio, but otherwise it has been overwhelmingly positive.
 

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The best reaction I’ve read is the guy who showed his coworkers and half of them immediately left to go to best buy to pick one up for themselves before they sold out.

People who share it are very likely to convert people. This is very possible to go viral like the Wii
 
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I’ve demoed the Quest to 4 people and 50% of them ran to Best Buy to purchase one before they sold out. The other two are seriously considering purchasing after their next paycheck after only one experience.
I really really want a demo. No matter how many descriptions I read, it's still an experience that my imagination doesn't quite grasp. The co-worker of mine who won an Oculus Go door prize at the last office Xmas party promised to bring it in so I could try it, but hasn't so far.
 

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Hulu really wants me to buy one of these. Like every commercial break.
 
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Hulu really wants me to buy one of these. Like every commercial break.
I'm so relieved they're running VR commercials. At least I'm somewhat interested in VR, unlike the Keytruda commercials that drive me insane with boredom.
 
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This never occurred to me until today, when I was reading some of the comments Cris posted and someone mentioned being exhausted after a game.

This sounds perfect:

If I could get a physical workout from a VR game, that would be worth the price of admission AND it would justify the alone time.

ETA: https://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/top-10-oculus-quest-launch-titles/
 
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I would avoiding demoing an Oculus Go if at all possible. 3 DOF (360 bubble) and 6 DOF (1:1 tracking space) VR are nothing alike, and 3 Dof will for sure give you the wrong impression of what VR is like. It’s not a taste or an idea, 3 DoF vr is just nausia inducing for me, thankful it wasn’t my first impression.
 
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If I could get a physical workout from a VR game, that would be worth the price of admission AND it would justify the alone time.

ETA: https://www.vrfitnessinsider.com/top-10-oculus-quest-launch-titles/
Definitely don't underestimate the work out potential of full.body gaming. I used to play a ton of Dance Dance Revolution, at fairly difficult levels, and during that time I was probably in the best shape I have ever been in (granted it was also college and I walked everywhere/many miles a day). Ocassionally I try to motivateyself to take it up again because it really is a fun and worthwhile effort.

I have seen some of these VR games in videos and I can see them being similar in nature.
 
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For what it’s worth I lost 35 lbs since I got my Rift last May. I can’t credit all of that to VR but when i noticed VR was making me lose weight I decided to start watching my calorie intake too.

But beat saber is absolutely a work out, and I made a self-policy to never sit down for VR so really any game gets me out of my chair.
 

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Cristiano - Do you have the 64gb or the 128gb Quest? Would the 64gb do for a light gamer like me?
 

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I have the 128gb, which actually is probably even overkill for me as the actual VR apps and games are not that huge. I just tend to always get as much storage as I can. You would be fine with the 64 gb version. It's also incredibly easy to remove stuff you're not using and reinstall later if you want to. I think i read somewhere that every single launch title (the 50+) would all fit on the 64gb at once. I believe it has about 50 ish gb of storage (the OS has its own space blocked off). An extra $100 was a bit pricey for double the storage, but I'm easily seduced by such stuff lol.

BTW, I am not sure if I mentioned this before, but I do understand the skepticism around VR. Before I bought my Rift, I was extremely skeptical. I thought it would be gimmicky like 3D movies. I was completely wrong. It is not something you can really convey to someone else, they just have to experience it for themselves. I'm glad my first experience was in a high quality VR headset.

Even owning the higher end Rift, I'm blown away by the Quest. The visuals are not quite as impressive as on the Rift, but that's only one part of what makes up the VR experience, and the visuals are still fantastic. The ability to move around while in VR without worrying about wrapping yourself up in a cable, and also being able to take the headset with you into different spaces (in my living room I mainly use it sitting in a chair or standing, while in my extra bedroom which has a lot of empty space I move around a lot with it, and in my bedroom I use it sitting or lying down) just completely changes the experience exponentially. The Oculus Touch controllers that are included with the Quest are the best VR controllers available. It feels very natural holding them and using them to manipulate things in VR. This probably sounds ridiculous, but just the simple act of using your virtual hand to pet an animal is incredibly engaging.

My favorite vr experiences are not games. There are some fun games in VR, but it's been other experiences that have engaged me the most. I bought an app yesterday that has various environments in it that you can explore to help you relax. It also lets you interact with the environments in ways that feel magical (you open a menu that has bubbles with different things in it that you throw out into the environment to change it, like to make it rain or plant a tree or an explosion of butterflies). One environment had branches that had birds on them, and you could pick up the branch and pull it close to look at the birds. The whole thing actually made me kind of emotional, which is something I often find in VR. This isn't something I can really express to someone else in a meaningful way, it is just something you have to experience.
 

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Someone on Reddit said they installed all initial FREE launch titles and demos (including demos and full versions of the same game) and they just barely all fit on the 64gb.

If that’s true the larger hard drive sounds largely uncessesary. The games are optimized for mobile so they don’t have a big hard drive foot print either. As long as you have fast internet and are willing to delete / redownload titles if you ever get a huge library

It doesn’t not contain a slot for SD storage so you are stuck with your choice... i’m Torn too.
 

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For some reason I didn't fully appreciate how physical the VR games could be and never made the connection to exercise potential until today. Slow on the uptake. I've been peeking at videos of Beat Saber, which looks like a LOT of fun, if somewhat overwhelming. But practice mode might be doable....
 
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