9 Tips & Tricks for New Oculus Quest 2 Owners – Road to VR

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9 Tips & Tricks for New Oculus Quest 2 Owners – Road to VR

Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best headsets for first-time VR users, and it brings lots of new users into VR for the first time. Here are nine tips that are worth knowing right out of the gate to enhance your experience.

Updated – November 22, 2021

Enable Passthrough Background & Passthrough Shortcut

‘Passthrough’ is when you use the Quest 2 cameras to look outside the headset. You will have seen this the first time you set up your device. And while it may immediately seem new to having your ‘virtual home’ to be a sci-fi apartment or a fantasy landscape, I can tell you now that using the passthrough view as your background actually makes the headset much easier to use.

That’s because you can put the headset on first and so easily see where your controllers are to pick them up, instead of blindly feeling around. This is also much nicer than putting on your headset while the controllers dangle from your wrists at their straps.

When you return to your home area, you will also be able to see your relative position within the boundaries of your play area, allowing you to move back to the center if you have hiked toward the edge (you should not be the next person to post a picture of the TV you broke while playing a VR boxing game).

And if you want to be able to quickly peek outside your headset, you do not have to bother taking it off. With Passthrough Short enabled, you can double-tap your headset to instantly turn the passthrough display on and off to see who is calling your name or where to put your controllers down before removing the headset. Here’s how you do it:

Turn on Passthrough background
  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Click on the clock at the bottom left to access Quick Settings.
  2. In Quick Settings, click on the ‘eye’ icon

Now instead of having a virtual home area, you just want to see the space around you until you jump into an app.

Turn on the Passthrough shortcut
  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Click on the clock at the bottom left to access Quick Settings.
  2. In Quick Settings, click on ‘Settings’ (gear icon) at the top right
  3. To the left of the Settings section, select ‘Scales’
  4. Now scroll until you find ‘Passthrough Shortcut’ and turn the switch

Every time you can not see the outside world, double-tap the side of your headset with your hand or controller to instantly look into the real world. Double-tap again to return to VR.

Use voice commands to navigate Quest 2 and launch apps

Only available in the US with the system language set to English

Voice commands on Quest 2 are often the fastest and easiest way to navigate through your headsets menus and start games. Instead of fumbling through the app list, you can ask your headset to “boot Beat Saber.Instead of digging through the Settings menu, you can ask “show me guardianship settings.” And instead of searching for a new game by typing the name in the search box, you can say “search for The Walking Dead. “

Turn on voice commands
  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Click on the clock at the bottom left to access Quick Settings.
  2. In Quick Settings, click the triangular voice command icon

This will start the setup of voice commands and teach you what to say.

Enable Voice Commands Controller shortcut
  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Click on the clock at the bottom left to access Quick Settings.
  2. In Quick Settings, click on ‘Settings’ (gear icon) at the top right
  3. In Settings, select ‘Device’
  4. In Device, select ‘Voice commands’
  5. Enable ‘Controller Shortcut’ in Voice Commands
  6. (optional) We also recommend disabling ‘Save voice commands’

Now you can double-tap the Oculus button to activate voice commands.

Enable voice commands Keyword shortcut

  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller. Click on the clock at the bottom left to access Quick Settings.
  2. In Quick Settings, click on ‘Settings’ (gear icon) at the top right
  3. Select ‘Experimental Features’
  4. Enable ‘Hey Facebook’ in Experimental Features

Now you can say “Hey Facebook” to enable voice commands. This is especially useful when using hand tracking (without controllers) because it needs to be faster than going through menus.

Record or cast your VR gameplay on Quest 2

With something as cool as VR, it’s natural to want to share the experience. Fortunately, Quest 2 has many sharing options built-in. You can record videos of your gameplay, take screenshots, cast a video to your phone or TV or even stream to viewers online. Here’s how you do it:

  1. In your headset, open the Quest menu by pressing the Oculus button on your right controller.
  2. In the menu you can now choose between Record Video, Take Photo and Cast.

You can even use voice commands (which we shared in tip # 2) to say “record video”, “take screenshot” or “cast” to quickly perform one of these actions in the middle of the gameplay.

Casting allows you to stream video of your experience to local devices. You can cast to your smartphone via the Oculus smartphone app or to all compatible devices on your network like a TV with Chromecast. Alternatively, you can cast for any local computer by visiting Oculus.com/cast in your computer browser.

Recorded videos and captured images are stored on the headset, you can access them in the headset through the pre-installed Files app. In it Files app, you can also turn on syncing to access videos and photos from your headset via the Oculus smartphone app.

Alternatively, you can connect Quest 2 to a computer to download videos and screenshots for editing and sharing.

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