The Quest 2 has cameras at each of it’s front corners and it can use those cameras to track the movement of your hands. Enough so, that you can do most of what you do with the controllers to operate the headset, and you can even use them to play games!
There are several games that do this, we’re going to show you two free ones that we loved!
Elixir – We had so much fun with this one we’ve gone back 3 times so far. It’s very short, but so full of things to see it is absolutely worth your time.
Essentially you are being guided by a wonderful disembodied voice. You just move along following what she tells you to do. You get to touch things and push and pull things. I won’t give it away, but at one point your hands become much more interesting to watch and wiggle your fingers.
Pro Tip! It’s a little tricky when you get started to move around. They have you hold your hands in a sort of triangle shape. Then you point that at the stones in the floor and when the one you want to go to lights up, you pull your fingers together. It is awkward, but take your time, go slow and work through it, it is worth it once you get the door open.
One more thing, you can absolutely play this sitting down, but if you have the space and can do it standing, I suggest that so you can walk around and lean over and look at all the things they put into this one.
You can find that one in the Oculus store here.
Tiny Castles – This is an App Lab game. This one is complex with a bunch of movements you can do. Not only are you grabbing objects and throwing them, but you can shoot fire and lightning from your fingers!
And to top it off, you actually get to play a game with just your hands, not controllers. Warning: the hand tracking technology is not perfect. You need to be sure your lighting is good and that you do your best to keep your hands in front of the headset. It will feel strange and at times not work exactly as you want it to, but it is a whole lot of fun!
I had so much fun with this one, I had to shoot a video. I hope you enjoy it.
Pro Tip! When attempting to push the long buttons, it’s easier to make the tip of your finger red by holding a tight fist while you point. And you need to hold the buttons till they fill up.
Pro Tip 2! When using the virtual controller, tilting it forward as if you really had a controller will move the ball forward. I found both that one and the transport one awkward to use.
We broke up the page here because the games/apps that follow all can have a social aspect to them. Where you can interact with friends, but also strangers from all over the world. This can be one of the best experiences you have in VR, but because one aspect of RL (Real Life) that follows us into VR… rude, obnoxious people who thrive on making others suffer, it can be temporarily awful. Yes there are many of them in VR and if you do these social apps, you are likely to run into them at some point. Don’t allow this to deter you. The positives of social games far outweighs what these people can do. Don’t let them push you out of enjoying these games.
These apps have different ways of dealing with this. Some have “mute“, or “personal bubble” features. Others you will need to “jump out” of a room and then just go into another with friendlier people. Some allow you to make private rooms or spaces to use.
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We created HowToVR.com with the goal of making it easier to find what you’re looking for as well as providing you with some rare nuggets that you’re not likely find anywhere else!
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