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VR Fitness: How Oculus Quest Got Me Moving (and Can Do the Same for You)

Exercise again

I am not a fitness fanatic. I’m not even close to being one, and frankly, I don’t even feel like trying to move lately. Then came the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, two game consoles that were the hottest thing in gaming over the holidays. I tried to find one for the kids to no avail, but in the end I realized it wouldn’t work.

Then I remembered Oculus Quest 2.

Say what you want on Facebook; you are probably right. But there’s one thing Facebook does surprisingly well from time to time: predicting the future. When he bought virtual reality company Oculus in 2014, he bet on home virtual reality as a trend that eventually caught on.

This trend became my reality when I was trapped in a house with four children tired of the usual console games. I couldn’t find the latest consoles on the market and wanted something – anything – to entertain my family. Enter Oculus Quest 2, the latest entry in the Oculus series that Facebook has quietly developed and supported for six years.

Consolation Prize Console Shots

From the moment my husband and I started thinking about buying one, we were skeptical. Are the children going to play? Headphones so weird you didn’t want to wear them? Are the games expensive? Would it be easy to use?

I shouldn’t have worried. As soon as the headphones and controllers came out of the box, the whole family was intrigued. Of course, the husband came first, “testing” everything for us.

When I saw the smile on his face when he tried a free roller coaster game included with Quest, I wanted to give it a try. First of all, I’m an ordinary player who plays badly; My usual goal is to be with the kids to keep an eye on them and what they are playing. I don’t usually play video games just for fun.

He gave it to me, I tried it and I was hooked. I was so addicted that I got up off the couch and started moving.

On the recommendation of a colleague, we picked up Beat Saber, a fairly simple game that uses simulated Star Wars-esque lightsabers to smash down flying blocks and dodge other obstacles. It was the sheer enjoyment of the game that got me started; Adrenaline kept me there.

Before I knew what was going on, I was throwing blocks, leaning over to avoid moving walls, and pacing back and forth in my designated area.

I was having fun. Asset. ME TOO!

Counting pennies: Virtual reality is an affordable way to get around

It seems that I am not alone. According to various sources, sales of the Oculus Quest 2 have skyrocketed for Facebook; In part, its price ($299) has become affordable enough that more and more consumers like me are considering it a viable, cheaper alternative to the bigger, extravagant consoles from Sony and Microsoft. (You can also find one in stores.)

The games are also cheaper: Beat Saber is $30 for half the price of a standard PlayStation or Xbox game. For this price, I can buy two games instead of one. Supernatural, a connected fitness service for VR, costs $20 per month.

Whatever the price of the game, I think the quest is worth it. It gets my whole family off the couch.

No matter which game you buy, the best way to play is standing up. You can sit in a chair or on the couch, yes, but most games are best played standing up so you can easily navigate situations, dodge obstacles, or battle enemies.

(Parent) VR Exercise Games To Win

There are dozens of games for Quest 2 that can definitely hurt a budget. (Our family sets a dollar limit and votes each month on what new games to buy.) What surprises me is that kids don’t want the standard video game price to be available just for the console.

They want boxing, ping pong and dancing games. They want games that force them to use thought alongside action. I still love Beat Saber but I am looking at OhShape which is a must have game for your body like Beat Saber. My husband wants HoloFit, a game that lets you work your abs, arms, and shoulders using three virtual reality sports: rowing, cycling, and running.

Obviously, we’ll be voting for games for the rest of the year because there are so many available. Of course, the most rewarding thing for me as a parent is seeing my family move again.

I feel like we’re in some kind of time warp and the sheer happiness virtual reality brings to my family is like a ray of hope that life can be fun, healthy and active in the safe environment of our house.

Woman jumping in the air while playing VR game.

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Adopting virtual reality opens new doors

I don’t know why I was so nervous about buying a VR headset. Maybe there were too many stories about VR sickness (yes, that’s a thing and I don’t do roller coasters on Quest anymore); perhaps it was a misunderstood concept that virtual reality was “difficult” to use. Maybe I thought it was overpriced or it was a combination of all of the above.

What held me back is gone. I find myself encouraging everyone I know to try it. A friend told me he gave one to his grandparents and loved it, which means virtual reality at home has been captured by all generations.

Virtual reality is not going away. If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, keep moving, and have fun without leaving your home, try the Quest or another VR headset. There will be more on the market in the coming years (there is a rumor that Apple is working on a mixed reality version), which means it will become even more affordable entertainment over time.

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VR Fitness: How Oculus Quest Got Me Moving (and Can Do the Same for You)

Have some workout fun again

I’m not a fitness fanatic. I’m not even close to being one and, frankly, hadn’t even wanted to attempt moving much lately. Then came the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, two game consoles that were the hottest thing in the gaming world over the holidays. I tried in vain to find one for the kids but eventually realized it wasn’t going to happen.

Then I remembered Oculus Quest 2.

Say what you want about Facebook; you’re probably right. But there’s one thing Facebook does shockingly well at times: Anticipate the future. In 2014, when it acquired virtual reality company Oculus, it bet on VR in the home as a trend that eventually caught on.

That trend became my reality when I was trapped in a home with four kids who were tired of the usual console games. I couldn’t find the latest consoles on the market, and I wanted something—anything—that would entertain my family. Enter Oculus Quest 2, the most recent entry on the Oculus line that Facebook has been quietly developing and supporting for six years.

The Consolation Prize Console was a Hit

From the moment my husband and I began thinking about buying one, we were skeptical. Would the kids play it? Was the headset so weird we wouldn’t want to wear it? Would the games be expensive? How easy would it be to use?

I shouldn’t have worried. The second that the headset and controllers came out of the box, the entire family was intrigued. The husband went first, of course, ‘testing’ everything for us.

When I saw the grin on his face as he tried a free roller coaster game included with the Quest, I wanted to try it. I’m a casual gamer who primarily plays poorly; my usual goal is to be involved with the kids to keep an eye on them and know what they are playing. I don’t typically play video games just for kicks.

He handed it over, I tried it on, and I was hooked. So hooked, in fact, I got up off the couch and started moving.

On a colleague’s advice, we had purchased Beat Saber, a fairly simple game using simulated light sabers ala Star Wars to bat down flying blocks and dodge other obstacles. The sheer fun of the game was what got me upright; adrenaline kept me there.

Before I realized what was happening, I was swatting at blocks, ducking to avoid moving walls, and moving back and forth in my designated area.

I was having fun. Moving. ME!

Counting Pennies: Virtual Reality Is an Affordable Way to Get Moving

It turns out I’m not alone. Sales of the Oculus Quest 2 have skyrocketed for Facebook, according to various sources; partially because the price point ($299) has become affordable enough that more consumers like me are considering it as a viable, less expensive alternative to the bigger-hyped consoles from Sony and Microsoft. (Plus, you can find one in the stores.)

The games are cheaper, too: Beat Saber is $30, half the price of a standard PlayStation or Xbox game. At that price, I can afford to buy two games instead of one. Supernatural, a connected fitness service for VR, is $20 a month.

Regardless of game pricing, I think the Quest is worth the money. It’s getting my entire family up off the couch.

No matter which game you buy, the best way to play it is on your feet. You can sit in a chair or on the couch, yes, but most games are best played upright, so you can easily navigate situations, skirt obstacles, or fight off enemies.

VR Workout Games for the (Parent) Win

There are dozens of games available for the Quest 2, which could undoubtedly wreak havoc on a budget. (Our family set a dollar limit and votes monthly on which new games to purchase.) What’s surprised me is the kids aren’t just asking for the standard video game fare available for the console.

They want boxing, table tennis, and dancing games. They’re asking for games that require them to use thought along with the action, too. I still love Beat Saber, but I’m looking at OhShape, a game that’s supposed to be like Beat Saber for your body. My husband wants HoloFit, a game that lets you work on your core, arm, and shoulders using three virtual reality sports: rowing, cycling, and running.

We’ll be voting on games for the rest of the year, frankly, because there are so many available. What’s most gratifying for me as a parent, of course, is seeing my family get moving again.

It feels like we’re in a time warp of sorts, and the simple joy that virtual reality has brought to my family is like a beacon of hope that life can be fun, healthy, and active within the safety of our home.

South_Agency/Getty Images/E+
Embracing VR Opens New Doors

I don’t know why I was so nervous about purchasing a VR headset. Maybe it was too many stories about virtual reality sickness (yeah, that’s a thing, and I don’t ride the roller coasters on my Quest anymore); maybe it was the ill-conceived notion virtual reality was ‘hard’ to use. Perhaps I thought it was too expensive, or it was a combination of all of the above.

Whatever it was that held me back, it’s gone. I find myself encouraging everyone I know to give it a try. A friend told me she gave one to her older father, and he loved it, which means that virtual reality in the home is catching on with all generations.

Virtual reality is not going away. If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, keep moving, and have some plain old fun without leaving your home, give the Quest or another virtual reality headset a try. More will be on the market in the coming years (there’s a rumor that Apple is working on a mixed reality version), which means it will become even more affordable entertainment as time marches on.

Fitness that’s fun? Count me in.

#Fitness #Oculus #Quest #Moving

VR Fitness: How Oculus Quest Got Me Moving (and Can Do the Same for You)

Have some workout fun again

I’m not a fitness fanatic. I’m not even close to being one and, frankly, hadn’t even wanted to attempt moving much lately. Then came the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, two game consoles that were the hottest thing in the gaming world over the holidays. I tried in vain to find one for the kids but eventually realized it wasn’t going to happen.

Then I remembered Oculus Quest 2.

Say what you want about Facebook; you’re probably right. But there’s one thing Facebook does shockingly well at times: Anticipate the future. In 2014, when it acquired virtual reality company Oculus, it bet on VR in the home as a trend that eventually caught on.

That trend became my reality when I was trapped in a home with four kids who were tired of the usual console games. I couldn’t find the latest consoles on the market, and I wanted something—anything—that would entertain my family. Enter Oculus Quest 2, the most recent entry on the Oculus line that Facebook has been quietly developing and supporting for six years.

The Consolation Prize Console was a Hit

From the moment my husband and I began thinking about buying one, we were skeptical. Would the kids play it? Was the headset so weird we wouldn’t want to wear it? Would the games be expensive? How easy would it be to use?

I shouldn’t have worried. The second that the headset and controllers came out of the box, the entire family was intrigued. The husband went first, of course, ‘testing’ everything for us.

When I saw the grin on his face as he tried a free roller coaster game included with the Quest, I wanted to try it. I’m a casual gamer who primarily plays poorly; my usual goal is to be involved with the kids to keep an eye on them and know what they are playing. I don’t typically play video games just for kicks.

He handed it over, I tried it on, and I was hooked. So hooked, in fact, I got up off the couch and started moving.

On a colleague’s advice, we had purchased Beat Saber, a fairly simple game using simulated light sabers ala Star Wars to bat down flying blocks and dodge other obstacles. The sheer fun of the game was what got me upright; adrenaline kept me there.

Before I realized what was happening, I was swatting at blocks, ducking to avoid moving walls, and moving back and forth in my designated area.

I was having fun. Moving. ME!

Counting Pennies: Virtual Reality Is an Affordable Way to Get Moving

It turns out I’m not alone. Sales of the Oculus Quest 2 have skyrocketed for Facebook, according to various sources; partially because the price point ($299) has become affordable enough that more consumers like me are considering it as a viable, less expensive alternative to the bigger-hyped consoles from Sony and Microsoft. (Plus, you can find one in the stores.)

The games are cheaper, too: Beat Saber is $30, half the price of a standard PlayStation or Xbox game. At that price, I can afford to buy two games instead of one. Supernatural, a connected fitness service for VR, is $20 a month.

Regardless of game pricing, I think the Quest is worth the money. It’s getting my entire family up off the couch.

No matter which game you buy, the best way to play it is on your feet. You can sit in a chair or on the couch, yes, but most games are best played upright, so you can easily navigate situations, skirt obstacles, or fight off enemies.

VR Workout Games for the (Parent) Win

There are dozens of games available for the Quest 2, which could undoubtedly wreak havoc on a budget. (Our family set a dollar limit and votes monthly on which new games to purchase.) What’s surprised me is the kids aren’t just asking for the standard video game fare available for the console.

They want boxing, table tennis, and dancing games. They’re asking for games that require them to use thought along with the action, too. I still love Beat Saber, but I’m looking at OhShape, a game that’s supposed to be like Beat Saber for your body. My husband wants HoloFit, a game that lets you work on your core, arm, and shoulders using three virtual reality sports: rowing, cycling, and running.

We’ll be voting on games for the rest of the year, frankly, because there are so many available. What’s most gratifying for me as a parent, of course, is seeing my family get moving again.

It feels like we’re in a time warp of sorts, and the simple joy that virtual reality has brought to my family is like a beacon of hope that life can be fun, healthy, and active within the safety of our home.

South_Agency/Getty Images/E+
Embracing VR Opens New Doors

I don’t know why I was so nervous about purchasing a VR headset. Maybe it was too many stories about virtual reality sickness (yeah, that’s a thing, and I don’t ride the roller coasters on my Quest anymore); maybe it was the ill-conceived notion virtual reality was ‘hard’ to use. Perhaps I thought it was too expensive, or it was a combination of all of the above.

Whatever it was that held me back, it’s gone. I find myself encouraging everyone I know to give it a try. A friend told me she gave one to her older father, and he loved it, which means that virtual reality in the home is catching on with all generations.

Virtual reality is not going away. If you’re looking for ways to stay healthy, keep moving, and have some plain old fun without leaving your home, give the Quest or another virtual reality headset a try. More will be on the market in the coming years (there’s a rumor that Apple is working on a mixed reality version), which means it will become even more affordable entertainment as time marches on.

Fitness that’s fun? Count me in.

#Fitness #Oculus #Quest #Moving


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