If you plan on sweating in your Oculus Quest 2, you’ll either want a few spare facial interfaces hanging around, or a way to cover the stock foam for easier cleaning. VR Cover, a company making VR facial interface covers since 2014, just released their silicone and fabric variants for Quest 2.

As an official product partner with Oculus, VR Cover was tapped to offer a pleather-covered memory foam facial interface replacement direct from Oculus. At the time of this writing, the $29 foam replacement still isn’t available (like most official accessories at this point), with international shipment estimated for sometime this month.

If you’re still looking for a solution from a trusted name though, VR Cover is now offering slip-over covers in both silicone ($14/€14) and fabric ($19/€19), purchasable through the company’s distribution channels serving the US, EU, and the rest of the world.

VR Cover’s silicone variant is said to be made from medical-grade, hypoallergenic silicone which can be cleaned with antibacterial wipes or washed completely with soap and water. Unlike the stock foam, it also comes with a light-blocking guard around the nose piece. The fabric version, made from 100% cotton, comes with two machine-washable covers for easy swap-outs.

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Nearly a month after Quest 2’s launch, there’s still not a lot of options when it comes to VR covers or foam replacements specifically for Quest 2. The whole facial interface is subtly smaller than the original 2019 Quest, and also has slightly different attach points, making it difficult to source a quality parts on Amazon or Ebay due to a confusing mix of incompatible original Quest accessories.

One clever and fairly cheap way of making sure all of your VR headsets are staying sanitary is by using single-use face masks, which we’ve seen frequently at expos and conferences—before all of those events were cancelled this year, that is. Still, you may find these great for keeping your headset clean for the one-and-done demos to friends and family.

Whatever the case, facial interface foam is a magnet for grease, dust and of course bacteria. Make sure to check out our guide on How to Clean Your VR Headset for some handy tips on keeping your headset from becoming a haven for nasty microbes.

We can’t recommend any third-party accessory yet since we haven’t had the opportunity. If you know of any quality replacement foams or covers for Quest 2, let us know in the comments below and we’ll add it to our list of alternatives.

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  • Ryan

    Looking forward to some reviews before purchasing, but definitely need one of these. The original padding is super cheap and uncomforatble.

    • Marian

      I have these for Quest 1. I don’t like the silicone one but the cotton cover is super comfy, feels great on face.

  • shadow9d9

    It sold out in 3 hours before I had the chance to buy one… I was sleeping…

    • Bob

      Not just for this but all consumer electronics to do with VR, GPUs, games consoles are selling out very quickly which is most likely to do with the fact that there is a little virus going around which means more people being at home (lockdowns etc.).

  • Jonathan Winters III

    The cotton one for Rift is indeed very comfortable.

  • TechPassion

    Leather pads are ok for commercial use, but not good for private use. Odyssey+ VRCover causes total sweat. I had to use a fan blowing at me not to sweat. Because of leather. There is an interesting solution to fogging/sweat with these covers, but I will not tell what to do. Maybe I produce my own product.

    • PU (Polyurethane) aka faux-leather isn’t typically an irritant in itself – it’s been used in medical settings with little evidence of any issues.

      It does prevent skin in contact with the PU face cushion from breathing, often leading to build up of heat, sweat and leading to irritation.

      I certainly suffer red marks and discomfort using PU cushion on my Index. There is a tendency for lenses and eyebox to become wet in active sessions.

      The fabric cushions are often more compatible in terms of skin comfort, but become wet and degrade with cleaning as this can damage the cushion over time.

      However original equipment (OE) face cushions as found in Vive, Rift CV1, Index also use fabric for absorbency because you don’t want moisture building up inside the headset electronics.

      Not easy problem to solve…

  • AnONeamus

    Original Quest (1) fabric VR-Covers fit perfectly (perhaps even better than they do on the original Quest).