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rknz

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#275932 17-Sep-2020 10:30
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Just pre-ordered this, mainly for my son who has been a bit obsessed with the idea and has been saving his money hard. Have had an eye on the Quest for quite a while, but given the new pricing ($569 including delivery to NZ) and improved specs is a no-brainer to get into a bit of VR.

 

The downside most people talk about is the requirement of a Facebook account. I don't use Facebook but won't mind setting up an account that is never used other than for Oculus purposes.

 

Anyone else going to jump in?


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Kookoo
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  #2566698 17-Sep-2020 10:48
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Very tempting.

 

Played a few games on my mate's Quest - was really impressed with what they've achieved there.

 

The one downside I see is that the games are pretty expensive compared to a console equivalent in terms of scale/replayability value. But that's a price you pay for the VR factor I guess.





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  #2566701 17-Sep-2020 10:49
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Yeah quite keen to try a bit more VR. How do these work? They're stand-alone so do they have all the hardware inbuilt to play most things?   I hear you can also tether them to PC if you want to play Rift compatible games from Steam, is that right?  When tethered can they offload processing to your PCs hardware? 

EDIT: Interesting article that answers most of my questions (and kinda puts me off because facebook)  https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/09/review-we-do-not-recommend-the-299-oculus-quest-2-as-your-next-vr-system/ 





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  #2566731 17-Sep-2020 11:05
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We've got a bunch coming of the 256gb versions with elite strap for rental (Virtual Reality Rentals NZ). They look like they'll be a winner, although clearly cuts were made to keep the cost down. I think it was the right move though, now if only they'd sell them locally. If you could pop into The Warehouse, JB Hi-Fi etc and they're sold anywhere a PlayStation is, I think they could really bring VR to masses of people.

 

sidefx: That's correct yes, the hardware inside plays all the Quest games ( https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/ - pricing in US$ on their online store ) but you can also buy a Link Cable which if you have a PC that supports it (requirements listed at https://support.oculus.com/444256562873335/ ) you can play SteamVR games and Oculus games on your PC. The game processing is entirely done by your PC, and it just streams the picture and audio to the headset, compressed a little. The picture isn't quite as clear as a native PC based headset, but it does the job pretty well to be honest.

 

 





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rknz

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  #2566745 17-Sep-2020 11:24
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Wow thanks for sharing that link sidefx - that is the most negative review I've seen. Most other reviewers have been very positive overall.

 

I'm still very excited about my purchase, VR is one of those things you really need to "experience" to know what its actually like, and I'm sure the technology has come a long way since I last tried any sort of technology like this.


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  #2566859 17-Sep-2020 14:34
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rknz:

 

Wow thanks for sharing that link sidefx - that is the most negative review I've seen. Most other reviewers have been very positive overall.

 

I'm still very excited about my purchase, VR is one of those things you really need to "experience" to know what its actually like, and I'm sure the technology has come a long way since I last tried any sort of technology like this.

 

 

 

 

Yup, must admit it still looks like a decent product and that price is hard to argue with, so still slightly tempted... I just am not a big fan of Facebook and it's a little sad to hear that oculus is slowly getting more and more facebookified.





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  #2568987 21-Sep-2020 09:43
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Does that final shipping price also include GST?


rknz

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  #2568995 21-Sep-2020 09:55
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Good question. The order confirmation email I got says that the order total of $569.00 NZD includes $74.22 of "tax", which I assumed was GST.

 

Here is a paste of some of the text:

 

Items:

 

Oculus Quest 2 64GB = $569.00

 

Tax: $74.22

 

Est. Delivery & Handling Costs: $0.00

 

Order Total: $569.00

 

 

 

Taxes, Surcharges and Fees: The total price listed on your invoice includes applicable delivery costs, taxes and duties and will be charged to your payment method by Oculus. Oculus is not liable for any additional charges levied by your government on the import of goods to your specific region.


 
 
 
 


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  #2569002 21-Sep-2020 10:02
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That's correct yes, the $569 includes GST and shipping (which is free).




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  #2569005 21-Sep-2020 10:05
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sidefx:

 

 Interesting article that answers most of my questions (and kinda puts me off because facebook)  https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2020/09/review-we-do-not-recommend-the-299-oculus-quest-2-as-your-next-vr-system/ 

 

 

Yup, that would pretty much kill it for me. I already don't like being held to the ransom of needing a google or microsoft account to operate my phone, Shield, Xbox etc.

 

But of all companies, Facebook is not one I would want to, as the author put it... make a deal with the Mephi-zuck-eles... that got a chuckle out of me.

 

I would rather pay more money to NOT do business with Facebook.


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  #2590189 22-Oct-2020 12:08
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Has anyone received your Oculus Quest 2 yet? mine was shipped on the 13th Oct and still bouncing between HK, JP, CH, SG. and Fedex pretty much said they don't know when it will be delivered because "covid" 

 

It was supposed to be delivered on the 19th. 

 

 


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  #2590190 22-Oct-2020 12:16
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We received a few yesterday that shipped from Oculus on the 10th, but agreed the delivery date is hard to predict at the moment. Hopefully yours arrives before the long weekend!





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  #2590192 22-Oct-2020 12:38
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Same,

My one shipment information sent on 10th, picked up HK on 12th, due here on19th.

Stuck at Sydney with nothing since 17th. But there was another couple of scans yesterday, so hoping it's moving again.

Tomorrow would be nice, but will see.

Elite strap took more direct route in 2 days then they kept in depot until 19th.





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  #2590218 22-Oct-2020 13:38
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Got mine yesterday.

 

I have to say it has been a very pleasant out of box experience, very easy to set up and get going. The kids are having an absolute blast with it, no regrets thus far!


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  #2591044 23-Oct-2020 22:02
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Got mine today in Wellington after a week delay in Sydney.

Wish I got elite strap however, feels quite uncomfortable after using the Rift S. All sold out everywhere, if anyone knows where I can pick one up, preferably with the battery let me know.

LostBoyNZ
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  #2591172 24-Oct-2020 10:31
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There's a lot of reports of the Elite Straps cracking and snapping which is a worry. Of course you never really know what % of users are affected, but I think I'll just include the regular straps with the ones I rent until things become a bit clearer. Unless it's due to high demand, it looks like Oculus have halted sales of the straps for now.





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