Virtual reality tech has come a long way in the last few years, and exciting innovations are on the horizon – but why wait when you can buy Meta’s current flagship VR headset; the Quest 2.
If you’re new to VR and have recently bought a headset you may have come across a few glitches and performance issues. Thankfully, many of the most common problems faced while using your Quest can easily be solved if you know what to do.
This guide will talk you through some care and maintenance tips so you can get the most out of your new VR headset.
Addressing Tracking and Guardian Issues
Every once in a while, you may encounter some problems with the headset tracking or the guardian system. If you’re getting errors such as ‘lost tracking’, these fixes may help.
When playing, make sure you’re indoors. The lighting in the room should be bright enough, but you shouldn’t be in direct sunlight. If the sun’s too bright, close your curtains or blinds.
The headset’s four tracking camera lenses should be clean. Over time, they can pick up fingerprints, dust, and smears, so it’s always helpful to wipe them with a microfibre cloth every once in a while.
Obscured lenses and too much light may affect the guardian system’s reliability and cause issues with the controller tracking. Other things that can interfere with the tracking system include string lights and mirrors.
This is because the controllers use invisible lights to let the headset track its position. Mirrors and lights can confuse these signals, so be mindful of what’s in the immediate vicinity of the area where you’re using your headset. Although Meta did release an update to the software to help counteract this issue, it’s better to avoid any lights that may interfere with the Quest’s performance.
Addressing General Bugs
As with most technology, a full system reboot often corrects any bugs and glitches that you may experience. Although it may sound cliche to turn it off and on again; holding down the power button and restarting your device can help get your Quest 2 back to top performance again in no time.
Addressing Controller Issues
If your headset can’t detect the controllers, the first thing you should check is the batteries. Batteries that have very little charge will have a tendency to cause connectivity issues. Replacing batteries early is always advisable.
If the batteries are fresh, the issue may be caused by sunlight, string lights, or mirrors in the playing area. Check for potential causes of interference.
Addressing Issues With Visuals
If your Quest 2 is blurry and is causing discomfort when you’re using it, you may need to adjust the headset’s IPD settings. These alter the distance between the lenses on the headset and are designed to match the distance between your pupils.
Getting the IPD settings right will make your Quest 2 comfortable to look at and prevent you from straining your eyes as well as stopping blurred vision and headaches.
To fix problems with visuals, you’ll need to adjust your IPD. You can either measure the distance between your pupils using a ruler and a mirror, or you can use trial and error to work out what works best for you.
There are three predefined distance settings. You can adjust the distance by sliding the lenses and it will snap into position.
If you’re still having trouble with blurry vision, make sure your headset is fitted correctly. The Quest’s strap should sit quite low on the back of your head.
What Are Your Top Tips?
So, there you have it. Most problems with the Quest can be solved by restarting it, adjusting the IPD or the strap, cleaning your lens, changing the controller batteries, and making sure there are no lights that could cause interference.
What are your Quest 2 tips? Let us know in the comments.