NATIVE STRAP REPLACEMENT
This has to happen, and waiting does Oculus no credit whatsoever. The Quest, love it as we might, is not the most comfortable VR headset around, and, in fact, is one of the most uncomfortable headsets. We’ve all tolerated that because we’ve been impressed by the fact that it’s an all-in-one system and that the thing actually works – but once that initial awe has subsided, we all end up facing the truth; it hurts to play for long. The growth of third-party comfort solutions proves this; we’ve got the VRCover facial interfaces, the AMVR facial interfaces, the somewhat ridiculous Quest Comfort Strap from Studioform and variations on it from Amazon, and, of course, the almighty king of all comfort mods; the FrankenQuest which relies on fitting the HTC Vive Deluxe Audio **** to the Oculus Quest. You can do this the by fiddling with various items, or by buying a 3D printed adapter and fiddling with slightly fewer items.
That’s ridiculous. So ridiculous, in fact, that I put off going for the full FrankenQuest solution because, naive optimist that I am, I believed that Oculus must be coming up with its own native alternative strap any day now. Well, it’s been a while, and they haven’t even announced one, and I might’ve waited longer had I not gone back to my PSVR a few days ago and remembered just how comfortable it was to have a VR headset hanging in front of my eyes rather than crushing my face. I took off the PSVR headset, went online, and ordered the Vive DAS immediately. There’s no good reason to endure discomfort, not when there’s a choice.
But here’s the thing; I should’ve been buying an Oculus product, and it should have been designed exclusively for the Quest, and it should have been less fiddly to fit, and I shouldn’t have needed a strap adapter to use it, or velcro strips or 3D printed doodads. If anything, the rise of the Vive DAS as a comfort mod for the Quest has proven that a sizable amount of Quest owners are willing to pay around $100 for a strap. Let’s go native, Oculus.