Having the right Virtual Reality (VR) equipment while playing can lead to improved comfort and performance. Read this article to learn more.
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by Scott Johannes, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Health Content Writer
Today I’m going to show you exactly what VR equipment and accessories can help with performance and comfort during play.
As a physical therapist, I know that using the right equipment during play can significantly improve pain levels, reduce fatigue, increase comfort and lead to more in-game wins.
So if you want to get these improvements, you’ll love the actionable information in this article.
Let’s get to it.
Friendly heads up, this article is geared towards Quest 2 headsets, but there is still useful recommendations regardless of what headset you have.
- Beginner’s Guide to VR Equipment and Accessories
- Headset Accessories (Head Straps, Face Covers, Lense Accessories, Add-on Batteries)
- Audio Accessories
- Controller Accessories (Grips, Object Handles)
- Personal Cooling Devices
- Cleaning Products
- Input Devices (VR-compatible Keyboards)
- Workout Enhancers
Beginner’s Guide to VR Equipment and Accessories
Before we dive into VR equipment and accessories, it’s important to understand what virtual reality (VR) is and how it works. If you need a refresher, read What Is VR?
A VR headset is required to play VR games. Furthermore, if you get the right headset, it is generally the only piece of equipment you need to get started.
Choosing the right headset is critical to getting access to the games you want; not all headsets can run all games.
I recommend the Quest 2 shown below.
Why do I recommend it? Several reasons:
- Very popular
- Highly rated (just look at the Amazon reviews!)
- Low price point (compared to other headsets)
- Easy to setup
- Easy to learn
- Has LOTS of games and apps, and more are always coming
- Doesn’t require any other hardware to run (like a VR-enabled computer)
Having a good VR headset is the foundation VR equipment and of experiencing great VR.
If you don’t have one yet, I recommend pausing before going any further in this article, and order one now.
VR Headset Accessories
Head Straps (part of VR Headset Accessories)
As a physical therapist, I understand how a VR headset can cause headaches, neck pain, back pain and more.
A good replacement head strap is one of the most recommended VR equipment pieces you should consider, as it balances the weight of the headset, which can improve comfort and reduce pain a LOT.
Check out these recommendations, and choose the one that is right for you.
AMVR Head Back Padding, Gravity Pressure Balance Cushion Comfortable Soft TPU Pad Accessories for Meta Quest 2 Headset
A starter choice for an upgrade head strap at an economy price tag. No frills, just an add-on strap that attaches to the back of the head strap that comes with the Quest 2 headset. It increases the contact area on the back of the head, distributing pressure more evenly, improving comfort, pain and preventing headaches.
KIWI design Head Strap Accessories Compatible with Quest 2, Elite Strap for Enhanced Support and Comfort in VR
A deluxe head strap that replaces the original one from the headset. Extra padding and more surface area to distribute the pressure to more areas of the head. It has a turn-dial on the back to easily adjust fit, and it hinges in the front to make the headset easier to take on and off. Works great even if you want to flip up the headset to see something in the room, and then flip it back down.
BOBOVR M2 Pro Battery Pack Head Strap Compatible with Quest 2,Magnetic Connection and Lightweight Design, 5200mah Replaceable Hot Swap Power Bank VR Accessories
A premium head strap choice for that replaces the original that comes with the headset. The weight of the headset is distributed in the ring that goes around the head and forehead, and the visor then hangs from the ring in front of the face, significantly reducing the amount of pressure on the face. It has a turn-dial on the back for easily adjusting fit. Finally, it comes with a battery pack that plugs into the headset to extend play time. The battery pack is located centered on the back of the headset, improving the front to back weight balance of the headset.
Face Covers (VR Headset Accessories)
For VR equipment, face covers do multiple things.
They help keep the visor surface that touches your face clean and comfortable.
They also keep out light from the room so you only see the VR experience. Some even help vent air in to keep you cool and prevent the lenses from fogging up.
Pick up one today, your face will thank you.
CNBEYOUNG VR Face Cover and Lens Cover Compatible with Meta/Oculus Quest 2, Sweatproof Silicone Face Pad Mask & Face Cushion for Oculus Quest 2 VR Headset, Washable Lightproof Anti-Leakage
A simple upgrade face cover for an economy price. Made of silicone, it attaches over the top of the existing face cover that comes with the headset. Comfortable fit, easy to wipe clean, and the nose piece does a good job of blocking light from the surrounding room.
VR Cover Fitness Facial Interface and Foam Comfort Set for Oculus / Meta Quest 2
A deluxe choice for a face cover replacement. Replaces the face cover that comes with the headset. Multiple pads come with of different thickness so you can choose what works best for you. It also has vents that improve airflow to keep your face cooler during play and prevent the lenses from fogging up.
BOBOVR F2 Fitness Facial Interface (Upgraded Version) – Compatible with Oculus/Meta Quest2, Soft PU Face Cover/Pad, Active Air Circulation Micro-Fan Ventilation to Reduce Lens Fogging
Designed for higher intensity VR users. A padded face cover replacement that comes with a small fan that sits on the top of the headset. The fan sucks the sweaty, moist air out of the visor to reduce the stuffy feeling inside the headset and prevent lense fogging during play.
Lense Accessories (VR Headset Accessories)
If you wear glasses or contacts, you may have frustrations with VR. Headsets come with glasses spacers, but they don’t work for everyone.
There are VR equipment options to improve your experience while using VR headsets.
Check out the options below.
AMVR Lens Anti-Scratch Ring Protecting Myopia Glasses from Scratching VR Headset Lens Compatible for Meta Quest 2/Quest/Rift S/Go
If you wear glasses and are concerned about damage from contact between them and the headset lenses, try this product. It comes with rings of varying thickness that fit inside of a frame that creates a cushion between your glasses and the headset lenses, while not blocking vision. Never be afraid to wear your glasses with your headset again.
Amavasion Glasses Lens Insert Compatible with Meta/Oculus Quest 2, Amavasion VR Glasses Customized Easy-to-Install Frame Plus Lens Combination
If you hate wearing your glasses or contact lenses with your headset, then try this deluxe solution that adds prescription-strength corrective lense inserts to the headset. They pop into the existing headset and remain, so you don’t have to worry about reaching for your corrective lenses anymore before play.
KIWI design Lens Protector Cover Accessories, Compatible with Quest 2, Quest, Rift S, Valve Index and HP Reverb G2
Direct sunlight hitting the lenses on the headset can cause a magnifying glass effect, damaging the equipment. If you typically leave your headset in an area where direct sunlight can hit it, this lens protector cover can be used to cover the lenses. Worry no more!
Add-on Batteries (VR Headset Accessories)
I have a secret to tell you: VR headsets typically don’t have super long batteries
Wait, you already knew that huh? Well, then let’s talk solutions.
In terms of VR equipment, add-on batteries can have multiple beneficial purposes.
They can increase your enjoyment by extending play time, AND they can improve comfort by helping to balance the weight of the headset.
There’s a trick to it though: The battery has to be kept on the back of the headset to get the weight balancing benefit, as it offsets the front-heavy weight of the headset.
That’s why you’ll see back-mounted battery packs recommended here. There are side-mounted ones on the market, but these don’t offer the same weight-distribution benefit, and they may actually cause more neck strain because their weight pulls your head down to one side.
Now that you know, test out one of the batteries below yourself and enjoy the upgrade.
KIWI design 3 in 1 Battery Strap Compatible with Quest 2/Quest/HTC Vive Deluxe Audio Strap Accessories
This is a battery strap only, does not include a battery. A bit pricey for a battery strap but it does the job well, and attaches to a bunch of different head straps. It also allows the battery to be put in the right place (the back of the head), which as we already discussed is super important for weight distribution.
Anker Portable Charger, 313 Power Bank (PowerCore Slim 10K) 10000mAh Battery Pack with High-Speed PowerIQ Charging Technology and USB-C (Input Only) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and More
A solid choice for an add-on battery. Will significantly increase play time, and is the right size and weight to allow strapping it to the back of the headset to balance the front-to-back weight of the headset for improved comfort.
Anker Portable Charger, 325 Power Bank (PowerCore Essential 20K) 20000mAh Battery Pack with High-Speed PowerIQ Technology and USB-C (Input Only) for iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, and More
A deluxe choice for an add-on battery. Larger capacity allowing for extended play sessions and less plugging in the headset to charge. Heavier weight and size for strapping to the back of the headset to really help offset the front-heavy nature of the headset.
Rebuff Reality VR Power 2 – VR Headsets Battery Pack Compatible with Oculus Quest 2, 10,000mAh Extended 8 Hrs of Playtime and Lightweight Design, Counter Balance with Improved Comfort
Do you want an add-on battery but don’t want to mess around with awkward battery packs and straps? This battery was made specifically for the Quest 2 headset, and straps on to the correct spot (the back) to achieve best weight distribution. It is compatible with numerous different head strap setups.
VR Audio Accessories
As a piece of VR equipment, audio accessories have multiple benefits.
First, in-ear options like ear buds can limit the audio to your ears alone, keeping others around you from listening in (or being bothered) by what you are playing.
Second, they can improve your awareness and reaction time in games, by allowing you to hear directional sounds more clearly.
Third, they can DRAMATICALLY improve the auditory experience you have, making you feel even more immersed in the game.
Check out the recommendations below, and give one of them a try today.
Amavasion VR Gaming Earphones Compatible with Oculus Quest 2 / Meta Quest 2 (3D 360 Degree Sound) Custom-Length Cable – White
A solid choice for headset ear buds. Ear bud design to keep the sound in your ears and out of the surrounding room, with an ergonomic shape for best fit and a shortened cord specifically for VR headset use.
Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones for Oculus Quest 2 – Oculus Ready – Custom-length Cable and Straps – Dual Driver Audio Designed for Gaming – Durable Aluminum Housing – Low-Latency 3.5 mm Aux
A deluxe choice for headset ear buds. Standard ear bud design, designed specifically for VR headset use. Comes with upgraded sound quality to allow maximum immersion while the ear bud design ensures the surrounding room isn’t disturbed by your game.
Logitech Chorus VR Off-Ear Headset for Meta Quest 2, Designed for Gaming and VR Fitness, Lightweight, Open air immersive Audio, flip to Mute, USB-C passthrough – White
A premium choice for audio immersion. Speakers flip down from the headset strap and hover over the ears, with high quality acoustics to fully immerse you in the experience. The speakers don’t touch the ears to improve comfort, and can be flipped up for quick storage and to instantly mute them.
VR Controller Accessories
Grips (VR Controller Accessories)
Has anyone ever told you to “get a grip?”
All dad jokes aside, I’m here to tell you the same thing.
Controller grips are a fantastic early upgrade choice for VR equipment.
Their starting price point is lower than other accessories, and they offer major benefits in arm and hand comfort, pain reduction and fatigue prevention during play.
Many grips also have hand straps built in. You can let go of the controller and it stays pressed against your hand, allowing you to fully relax the hand between button pushes. Think how good that feels.
One note: If you plan to use the hand straps that come with controller grips, make sure your fingers can easily reach all the buttons when you strap them on.
If your fingers are straining to reach things, that can quickly turn into discomfort during play and ruin your experience.
Grip makers do their best to design their VR equipment products for all hands, but everyone’s hands are different and you may have to try more than one product to find your “perfect fit.” Don’t settle, the perfect fit for your hands is out there.
So get a grip! Or better yet, buy a pair!
AMVR Touch Controller Grip Cover, for Meta/Oculus Quest, Quest 2 or Rift S Accessories,with Anti-Throw Straps and Handle Protective Sleeve,Made of Premium Material, Comfortable Feel, Easy Installation
A good choice for controller grips at an economy price. Improved grip when holding the controllers to reduce hand fatigue. Also comes with hand straps, allowing you to let go of the controllers completely and they will stay in your hands.
VR Cover Controller Grips for Meta / Oculus Quest 2
A deluxe choice for controller grip covers. Comes with an upgraded grip texture and comfort. Has larger hand straps made of cloth for improved fit and feel during play.
KIWI design Controller Grips Compatible with Quest 2 Accessories, with Battery Opening Adjustable with Knuckle Straps, Suitable for Large Hands
A specialty choice for controller grips with several additional added features. Made with silicone with memory foam inside for added comfort but still able to be easily cleaned. Larger than other products, making the overall holding surface of the controllers larger (good for larger hands) for improved grip, performance and comfort. Has a battery access door for easy battery swaps without removing the grips. Also comes with silicone protector rings to put over the sensor rings of the controllers to protect them from drops or hitting things.
Object Handles (VR Controller Accessories)
Object handles strap to the controllers and can serve several purposes as VR equipment.
First, they can improve comfort and overall experience, by turning the feeling of what you are holding into something else. For example, if your hands feel like they are holding a golf club while playing a golf game, the game feels more real.
Second, they can improve player abilities, like being able to reach further and swing faster. Not all games will allow this, and players shouldn’t use them if it is considered cheating by the game developers.
Third, they can allow someone to play that otherwise couldn’t (accessibility and adaptability.)
Lastly, some are used just to make things more fun when around others!
For example, a pair of controller boxing gloves can make it more fun to watch someone play a boxing game.
Or, a pair of controller extension grips could make it more fun for others to see you in VR, as it might look like you have super long arms. (If the game allows this to happen, you’d have to test it.)
Pick up a couple object handles today to take your experience to the next level!
AMVR Table Tennis Paddle Grip Handle for Meta/Oculus Quest 2 Touch Controllers
Made for table tennis games. The grip replicates a table tennis paddle grip for tactile immersion during play. The controller is strapped to the device further out than the hand. This can translate into a performance enhancement, as the game may think your arms are longer. The controller will be moving faster with each swing, which may result in increased swing power with the same amount of effort.
AMVR Dual Handles Extension Grips for Meta Quest 2/Quest/Rift S Controllers
These extension grips allow the controllers to be further away from the body during play, which can offer several advantages.
First, this can extend the reach of the arms, allowing the player to possibly reach further away from the body. It might be easier to reach enemies in melee fighting games. Players may be able to more easily reach in-game objects like buttons. It may not help with situations where the player has to use controller buttons to grab things, as the player may not be able to reach the controller buttons when holding the extension handles.
Second, the controller will be further away (and thus moving faster) during swinging activities, which can mean more in-game swing power for the same amount of effort from the player. Fighting games that base damage output from swing speed could see higher damage ratings. Golf games may see increased power from swings.
Third, it can improve the overall comfort of the hands as the handles are padded and some players may enjoy the handle-style shape of the grips more.
Last note, these aren’t recommended if you want higher scores in games like Beat Saber. Advanced levels in Beat Saber require quick wrist flicks (wrist rotations) to slash all the notes coming in, and extension grips like these can slow that down.
AMVR Long Stick Handle Extension Grips Stand for Meta Quest 2/Quest/Rift S
Made for games where the player wants a long handle setup for fun or performance, such as Beat Saber, kayak games or fighting games with pole-arm setups. For Beat Saber, consider this a fun accessory, as you’ll be able to spin and chop notes in a new way that is challenging and fun to watch.
This product may help with performance enhancement in certain games. Movement in kayak games may be faster and smoother as the controller movements more realistically simulate real-life paddle movements. For games where the player is swinging at things (like fighting games), the controllers will be moving faster than if they were held in the hand, which may mean more swing power with the same amount of effort.
The product comes in multiple pieces, so it can also be used broken up for two-handed extension grips, or as a single controller pole arm for golf games. See separate product entries on these types of items for more details.
Ahroy VR Game Saber for Quest 2 Controllers, Quest 2 Accessories Supernatural Jedi Training VR Workout. Beat Saber Games Accessories Enhanced Beat Saber Gaming Experience
Makes the controllers look like the sabers in Beat Saber. A fun add-on for Beat Saber or other rhythm, fighting or slashing games to increase immersion and make it more fun for other to watch someone play.
Comes with palm straps that hold the controllers to the hands for improved comfort, similar to other controllers grips. May not work well with other controller grips.
AMVR Boxing Gloves for Meta Quest 2/1 or Rift S Touch Controllers, Compatible with Playing Thrill of The Fight or Other VR Boxing Type Games, Making VR Experience More Realistic
Boxing glove add-ons for boxing, fitness, and melee fighting games. Adds an immersion factor so the player feels more in the experience, and make it more fun for others to watch someone play.
The gloves still allow holding the controllers and using all of the buttons, but make sure you test it out yourself as all hand sizes are different.
DeadEyeVR DriVR – VR Golf Club Handle Accessory – Rift S and Meta Quest 2
Deluxe controller add-on that simulates the feel of a real golf club for use on golf games. You can see from the image that it is not just a controller extended, but is modeled after a real golf club including grip and metal core for added weight. These increase the immersion factor, putting the player deeper inside the experience.
Multiple straps to accurately secure the controller so the swing isn’t always slicing or hooking. Works with left or right controller to meet the needs of lefties and righties.
Also may improve in-game performance, as the controller will be further away from the body during each swing and thus moving faster. This can translate into higher power swings and further ball flights.
CNBEYOUNG VR Game Gun Set Pistol Grips Accessories Compatible with Meta/Oculus Quest 2 Touch Controllers, Enhance Arizona Sunshine Robo Recall Pavlov Onward Pistol Whip FPS Gaming Experience
Pistol controller add-ons for the shooting game enthusiast. Increases in-game immersion by making the controllers look and feel like pistols. It can make watching someone play shooting games more fun as well.
Don’t you wish they came with holsters for quick draw battles?
VR Real Fishing Reel Adapter for Oculus Quest 2 Controller Gaming Accessories
Add-on for fishing games that can increase immersion and in-game performance. The handle grip increases comfort, and feels more like a real-life fishing rod than holding the controller, making the game feel more real.
The left controller attaches to a crank that the player can wind, increasing the immersion further. Because the left controller is attached, it allows more steady (and potentially faster) reeling in of the line, which can improve in-game performance.
Flooring is the “foundation” of VR equipment for your play space. Get it? 🙂
Having the right flooring can improve leg comfort, reduce in-game fatigue, reduce joint pain, and even improve your in-game awareness and reaction speed.
Padded flooring (like carpet or locking gym mats) cushion the ground impact on the body. This can result in increased comfort, energy level, and reduced pain levels.
The more comfortable the body is during play, the better your experience will be.
Padded flooring also has a slight bounce or “recoil” to it. For every step or movement you make, the flooring will push back, which can help improve reaction times and in-game performance.
Finally, some flooring products have tactile objects in them like buttons that you can feel with your foot. This can improve play safety and gaming performance by keeping you centered in the playspace at all times.
So pick up one of the flooring options below for your VR play space. Your body will thank you!
We Sell Mats 1/2 Inch Thickness Multipurpose EVA Foam Floor Tiles, Interlocking Floor Mat for Indoor Gym and Home Use
A good standard choice for padded flooring. Made of interlocking foam tiles that are 0.5″ thick for a good amount of cushioning of forces when stepped on. Because they interlock and come with edge strips, you can buy whatever square footage you need and then design the size and shape the flooring to match the play space. Comes in a bunch of different colors too!
BalanceFrom Puzzle Exercise Mat with EVA Foam Interlocking Tiles
A deluxe choice for padded flooring for those that want to prioritize comfort and performance. Interlocking tiles of 0.75″ to 1.00″ thickness provide increased cushion, helping reduce pain and fatigue while playing. Thicker tiles also provide more spring when stepped on, which can enhance reaction speed to improve your in-game performance.
VR Mat – ProxiMat ® Space Station Theo 35″ – Super Soft Large Mat for Virtual Reality
ProxiMat ® Leaderboard VrEsports Edition 48″ x 48″ | Black | VR Virtual Reality Competition Mat – Regulation Size
A specialty choice for vr equipment for flooring. ProxiMat offers 1-piece mat solutions that offer padded flooring for comfort, while also adding tactile buttons that help re-orient you. By feeling where the buttons are with your feet, you’ll know if your centered in the play space and what direction you are facing, without having to guess or figure out where the boundaries are.
XPACK VR Mat – 35″ Round Anti Fatigue Mat – Virtual Reality Matt Helps Determine Direction and Position of Your Feet During Game, Prevents Players from Hitting and Breaking Objects in Surroundings
Looking for more tactile feedback through your feet on where you are in your play space and what direction you are facing? Check this anti-fatigue mat out. It has raised designs that keep you centered and turned in the right direction.
VR Personal Cooling Devices
Playing in VR be hot and uncomfortable, as the body sweats from movement and the headset generates and traps heat against the face.
Some pieces of VR equipment can change the environment of the space you are playing in, making it more enjoyable and comfortable to play in.
They could be as simple as a fan in the room to cool the space, or even body-worn devices for more targeted results.
There are plenty of equipment options that work well with VR use, check out the options below.
Cooling Skull Cap Helmet Liner for Men – Motorcycle, Cycling, Football Head Beanie & Hard Hat Liner – Sweat Wicking Skullcap
Simple, stretchable beanie cap that athletes in various sports wear under their helmets when playing. Wicks sweat away from the face and eyes, makes you feel cooler (temperature wise at least), and keeps the headset cleaner. If it’s good enough to be used by professionals under their hard hats on the job, it’s good enough for VR use too.
Portable Neck Fan Rechargeable Personal Hand-Free Fan Mini USB Wearable Neckband Sport Fan, 3 Speed Adjustable, 360 Degrees Free Rotation Perfect for Working, Traveling,Office, Reading
A simple, neck-worn fan that can be adjusted to multiple directions. Used by many VR users who feel overly hot when wearing a headset with great results. Can be worn with a VR headset, and while up and moving, though the device may shift around during play.
Bladeless Neck Fan, 5000mAh Rechargeable Battery Powered, 3 Speeds, Angle Adjustable, Hand-free Neck Fan for Both Outdoor & Indoor Use, UL Certified
A more deluxe version of the neck fan that sent air currents vertically along the entire neck front to back for improved overall cooling and comfort during VR headset use. Can be worn while playing VR, though the device may shift around during play.
Dreo Nomad One Tower Fan with Remote, 24ft/s Velocity Quiet Cooling Fan, 90° Oscillating Fan with 4 Speeds, 4 Modes, 8H Timer, Bladeless Fan, Standing Floor Fans
This tower fan generates a lot of wind for comfort while playing, while the space saving design sits conveniently outside of the play space. Place the fan on the corner of your play space, and the 90 degree oscillating feature ensures that air flow will reach every part, keeping you cool no matter where you are. Also comes with a remote with easy to memorize buttons that can be kept nearby or in a pocket. This allows you to easily change the air flow settings while playing without needing to take off the headset.
Lasko 3300 Wind Machine Air Circulator Portable High Velocity Floor Fans, for Indoor Home Cooling Breezes and, White Noise in Bedroom
If you need maximum cooling power, this is the way to go. A floor-based fan with multiple power settings on the back that generates a forceful wind. It adjusts up and down, so you can lock in specifically where you want the wind to be. It does generate typical fan white noise, so be ready to turn up the volume on your headset to compensate.
VR Cleaning Products
Keeping VR equipment clean is important, as it touches peoples’ bodies where bacteria, viruses, dirt and sweat can hang out.
Whether you are cleaning your personal equipment, getting it ready to share with a friend, or maintaining multiple headsets for use in a group setting, the equipment needs to be safe and ready to use.
VR headset manufacturers recommend specific types of cleaning products for their products. Check out the examples below to keep your equipment in top shape and sanitized.
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
High quality microfiber cleaning cloths used by photography professionals for the lenses of their cameras. Very effective at removing smudges from sensitive VR lenses without high effort or dangerous chemicals. VR headset manufacturers recommend starting at the center of the lenses a working outward in a circular movement for cleaning.
Nikon 7072 Lens Pen Cleaning System, Black
Created originally for cleaning camera lenses, this pen device is designed to be safe and effective on all optical lenses including VR headsets. A safe way to remove smudges from the VR lenses of the headset. No chemicals, just a simple device with a brush for cleaning and a cap to keep everything stored. VR headset manufacturers recommend starting at the center of the lenses a working outward in a circular movement for cleaning.
Lysol Disinfectant Wipes, Multi-Surface Antibacterial Cleaning Wipes, For Disinfecting and Cleaning
VR headset manufacturers recommend to use, “non-abrasive, anti-bacterial wipes to clean the straps and the facial interface foam. Don’t use alcohol or an abrasive cleaning solution.” Lysol wipes are a convenient, trusted product for this purpose. Be sure to follow all the directions for use and safety, including letting the product dry before next use of the headset. Don’t use on the VR lenses, use one of the recommended microfiber cloth or cleaning pen products instead.
VR Mask 100pcs VR Experience Face Mask Sanitary Cloth Compatible VR Oculus Rift Playstation VR HTC Vive VR Goggle VR Box-Prevent Sweat and Dirt
For extra hygiene needs, disposable face masks are available in bulk. Useful for social situations where headsets will be used by multiple people within a short amount of time. Face masks keep the headset cleaner, and protects everyone that uses it.
VR Input Devices
Did you know there are pieces of VR equipment that can be used as input devices while using VR?
Check out the options below to explore new ways to interact while using your headset.
VR-compatible Keyboards (VR Input Device Accessories)
Do you want to be able to “see” and use a keyboard while in VR? It’s possible.
Useful for productivity, enjoyment and the “wow” factor, VR-compatible keyboards connect via bluetooth to the headset.
The keyboard (and your hands) appear in VR with you, and are usable for useful things like sending messages, searching on YouTube, and more.
Imagine what you can do with a real keyboard in VR, instead of using the clunky virtual one.
Meta keeps a list of what keyboards work with their Quest 2 headset, and a separate list for ones that work with their productivity app Horizon Workrooms.
Important note: Not all compatible keyboards work for all VR experiences. It is up to the designer of each VR experience on if they want to support one of these keyboards.
Below are my recommendations for VR-enabled keyboards. I’m only recommending keyboards that are on both of the lists linked above, to ensure the one you purchase has maximum chance of being compatible with what you want to use it for.
Apple Magic Keyboard – US English, Includes USB-C to Lighting Cable, White
Simple, streamlined, and the most economical option for a VR-ready keyboard. No numeric keypad keeps the overall size smaller for easier use.
Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Wireless, Rechargable) (US English) – Silver
Apple Magic Keyboard version with the numeric keyboard added.
Logitech K830 Illuminated Living-Room Keyboard with Built-in Touchpad
This Logitech keyboard has a small form-factor and is compatible with both the Quest 2 headset and the Horizon Workrooms app. It comes with a track-pad on the right, however at this time I’m unable to confirm if this functions when using it as a VR keyboard. If you know the answer to this, leave a comment at the end of this article!
There are pieces of VR equipment that allow you to increase the workout and conditioning the body receives while playing VR.
The best workout enhancers get you to your fitness goals faster, while not interfering with your VR experience.
See the options compiled below.
SFEEXUN Boxing Resistance Bands Set for Speed and Agility, Workout Band Ankle Exercise Bands Legs Ankle Straps for Resistance Training Enhance Explosive Power
A resistance band system that begins with a belt, and connects to the ankles and wrists. Offers multi-directional resistance for fitness enhancement, while not restricting movement during play. The bands attach to wrist cuffs, which still allows free use of the hands for VR use.
You now know some of the secrets of great VR equipment upgrades.
The right virtual reality equipment and accessories can transform your experience with significantly improved comfort, reduced fatigue, less pain, and improved in-game performance.
Now it’s your turn to use this actionable knowledge.
Leave a comment below on one thing you’ll do today to improve your VR experience.
2 thoughts on “46 Ideas for VR Equipment and Accessories That Will Upgrade Your Experience Today”
As the owner of an Oculus Quest 2, a lot of this stuff is unnecessary, Oculus will soon have the Project Cambria, and the Oculus pro soon.
P, thanks for the feedback, I’ll make sure I add more equipment that is headset agnostic to improve the article. Are you planning on picking up a new headset once they get released? -Scott