The Quest 2 is a pretty awesome VR headset – it combines the portability of a cable-free experience with the software variety of cabled headsets. As a matter of fact, you can pick from thousands of games on various platforms. One of them is the Oculus Quest store. The store is more than just a place to buy your favorite games – you just have to know how to fully take advantage of its potential. Here are some tips to help you take your Quest 2 experience to the next level.
Download the App (or use a browser)
In addition to the store on your headset, you also have access to it via your phone. You’ll need to download the Oculus app for either iOS or Android to use it. You’ll find the store tab there, where you can then purchase games just like on the headset.
The advantage of this is that you can get games without turning on the headset – so if it’s out of battery, you won’t need to worry about missing out on a good deal or sale. If your Quest 2 is switched on, the game will automatically download and install onto your headset. This way, it’ll be ready to play by the time you get home from work.
You have the same option on the Oculus website. Find the store tab and purchase games to your heart’s content. As long as your headset is on to connect to a Wi-Fi network, your games will start installing immediately. If the headset is off or not connected to Wifi, it’ll instead install the games when next it connects to a network.
Take Advantage of the Free Options
While the Quest 2 is cheap for a VR headset, it’s still an expensive purchase. If you don’t want to drop even more on a game library after getting it, don’t worry – there are lots of free options. While popular games like Beat Saber are paid, there is a lot more free content than you might think.
Not only can you use your headset to play Steam VR games you already have, but even in the Oculus store, you can find tons of free games. Within the store, you can use the Filter By menu on the right side of the store to filter for free games only. Simply select Pricing and then Free. On mobile, you can type the word free into the search bar on the store site to see the free options.
You’ll be able to find a surprising variety of games in the free section, including games like Echo VR, PokerStars VR, Gun Raiders, and free apps such as NetflixVR and YoutubeVR. If you’d like to at least pretend you’re using the Quest 2 for something useful, you might like some of the free productivity tools such as Spatial as well. You can also find some free demo versions of paid games to give you a better idea if you like them!
Use the Wish List in the Store
Whether you’re just trying to keep an eye out for sales or have already blown your monthly game budget, don’t hesitate to take advantage of the wish list function. You can easily keep track of price drops on your favorite games, find them again later, and even keep an eye on upcoming releases. It’s possible to add games to your wish list even before they’ve been released, and you can set reminders when they finally come out.
You can also wish list games on the app and the web version of the Oculus store, though you won’t be able to expect list DLC packs or deals that way.
Use Gift Codes – 3rd Party Redeemable Codes
In addition to buying games directly in the Oculus Store, you can also receive them as gifts or buy them elsewhere and then redeem a game code in the store. When taking advantage of this, you should receive an email containing a 25-digit-code that you need to enter in the store to redeem the gift. This is similar to how you can redeem a game on Steam and on the Epic store.
You can get these gift codes either when you receive a gift from a friend or purchase a game key somewhere other than the Oculus store. Please be aware that if you are buying from third-party key resellers, you run the risk of getting scammed and not getting a code at all, so proceed with caution!
Make Use of the Info panel in the Store
In addition to letting you buy games, you can also find a lot of information on the Oculus Quest 2 store. Mainly when you use the web or app version, you can use the info panel on the side of each game listing to find out essential details about the game.
You’ll find details such as how comfortable the game is to play – relaxed, moderate, or intense indicating how likely the game will affect users susceptible to motion sickness. This way, you can tell in advance if the game is likely to make you nauseous or if it’s safe for beginners!
On the web and app version of the store, you can also find some details about what devices the game is compatible with. There is no web/app store version dedicated exclusively to the Quest 2, so you can also find games that aren’t compatible with the headset.
You’ll see whether the game you’re looking at will work on your headset in the info panel. You can also see if you can play the game offline! Don’t forget to share your comments below!
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