Oculus Quest is an awesome achievement in engineering; no other standalone VR headset offers the quality, rock solid positional tracking, ease of use, and competitive price point as Quest. But still, you may find that once your wallet is $400 lighter that there’s still some room for improvement in one very important area, namely comfort.

Let’s face it. Quest is front-heavy, and you only need an hour with the 571 g (1.25 lbs) headset to start feeling the effects on your face, neck, and maybe even the bridge of your nose and forehead—and that’s even when you know how to wear it properly.

Sadly, no amount of tightening straps or repositioning can change the fact that Quest’s on-board battery and Snapdragon 835-driven computer have been placed in the front along with the displays and then combined with a similar head strap design used in the 2016-era Oculus Rift, replete with semi-flexible side and overhead velcro straps.

Quest (left) compared to the 2016 Rift (right) – Photo by Road to VR

Thankfully, a number of intrepid DIY’ers and manufacturers alike have come up with some pretty nifty ways of making Quest more comfortable.

FrankenQuest

Using the HTC Vive’s Deluxe Audio Strap (DAS), you can actually hack your way to more comfortable weight distribution fairly easily, provided you already own the $100 accessory.

If not, you still might want to consider ponying up to make a FrankenQuest, as it actually does a remarkable job at distributing the headset’s weight more evenly. A crank-style ratcheting system, much like the one employed on the Oculus Rift S, is also a bit better suited for quick adjustments. Another great thing: integrated audio plugs right into the Quest’s 3.5mm audio port, giving better noise isolation for a more immersive experience.

Image courtesy Paul Manley

Thankfully the mod is also entirely reversible, leaving no permanent sign on your precious Quest. It does however make it slightly less portable, as the DAS is a bit larger and less flexible than the original Quest strap system. That said, it’s much easier to detach, as the only thing holding it to the display portion itself is a pair of self-supplied pieces of velcro and a single D-ring.

If you’re looking for a simple set of instructions on how to make your FrankenQuest, MRTV’s Sebastian Ang has a great video that takes you step-by-step on how to remove the stock strap and replace it with DAS.

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Counterweights & Extra Straps

While Oculus Quest’s strap isn’t bad, it’s just not nearly as well-suited to a front-heavy design, making a simple counterweight to offset that forward-facing bulk a solution worth looking into.

Adding your own external battery to the back of the strap can not only help you rebalance the headset, but also give you more juice for longer play sessions. You can go as simple as securing the battery with zip ties, or a more elaborate clip system you can either 3D print or order from sites like Amazon.

Image courtesy DeadEyeVR

Alternatively, you can get a little more expensive by pre-ordering an Oculus Quest VR Balance Comfort Counterweight Mod for $30 (as seen above). It’s low profile and fits onto the outside of your existing strap, although since it’s the product of a Kickstarter campaign, the jury is still out on the product’s overall quality. It’s also just a simple counterweight, and not a battery, so you’ll trade functionality for what VR Balance considers a perfect balance.

An option that can be used in concert with counterweights is extra over-head straps, which help to better redistribute weight evenly across the head. You can find a such a strap on Amazon, eBay, and through the VR Balance website too. Since it’s a simple piece of stretchy fabric with velcro, expect to pay anywhere from $4 – $20.

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Extra Padding

Image courtesy Esimen

The interior the the Quest strap is meant to cradle your head, although it doesn’t add much padding for long-term comfort. Here, you’ll find a few options that fit snugly to the interior part of the back of the strap.

This also adds a little more bulk to the back portion for the headset, which essentially makes it counterweight too.

VR Covers

The more you use your Quest, the more oils, sweat, grime and general face-related garbage will eventually absorb into the facial interface. And while putting it back on time and time again may cause acne, you don’t need to see a breakout on your forehead and around your eyes to feel weirded out about keeping a bacteria-laced sponge on your face.

Image courtesy VR Cover

Released back in the pre-consumer days, the ‘VR Cover’ brand of VR covers has created soft PU leather facial interfaces for most headsets to come to market, including Vive, Rift, Go, Windows MR, Rift S, Index and Oculus Quest.

VR Cover is far from the only game in town though, as Amazon has blown up with functionally similar options that range from simple cloth coverings to silicone gaskets. Whatever you choose, make sure to pack the sanitizing wet wipes, and definitely don’t use them on the lenses.

Not only will you have peace of mind when it comes to never having to bathe in your own (or someone else’s) face grease ever again, you can easily wipe off all the sweat you generate from those long sessions of Beat Saber (2019).


And there you have it, a few nifty ways of keeping comfortable in Quest. If you have any hacks, mods, or brilliant ideas, let us know in the comments below!

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  • 3872Orcs

    The physical properties of the headset is not the best for comfort out of the box sure, but as this article shows that can be fixed. However the absolute worst comfort issue for me is the low specs of the headset, like the low refresh rate of 72hz. With Quest I suffer more from sim sickness when using smoothfree locomotion in games then any other headset. I don’t get sim sick with the other PC variants like Vive, Rift CV1 and Index, even extreme games like Boneworks and Jet Island with extreme spin modifier I’m totally fine playing for hours. I had the same issue with sim sickness on the Oculus DK2 (75Hz).

  • david vincent

    Good idea for an article. You should do the same kind of article on the various audio mods for Rift S.

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  • Andrew Jakobs

    Check out Aliexpress with the keywords ‘Oculus Quest’ and you’ll see a lot of stuff to make the headset better, the ‘Extra padding’ from the article is only 9,20(euro) ex 1,93 shipping (to the netherlands) (at least the first article I saw, haven’t checked if you can get it from another seller for with free shipping).

    • chuckdaly

      I’d be hesitant to order from Aliexpress now given all the government lockdowns due to the Coronavirus.

      • Andrew Jakobs

        I ordered the last few weeks stuff and only 2 are still waiting for shipment.. But I’m confident they will ship in the end (and if not, you can always get your money back).

  • Michael Winn

    Quest quest quest, it all you lot ever talk about, you dumb arses rarely ever mention other VR headsets, morons

    • Raven Boldie

      Awww, there there, feelings hurt much! Grow up!

  • Ted Joseph

    I did a FrankenQuest on mine, but it still hurt the front of my face so I purchased this strap that pulls the weight off my face and forehead. Almost like the PSVR and Oculus Rift S halo design. I cant remember the company, but they have a specific one for FrankenQuest mods as well.

  • Leon Jimenez

    Hi Scott. Thank you for covering the VR Balance. But it says “see photo above” but there was no photo of the VR Balance counterweight. There is an option for placing your own battery on top but I recommend the VR Balance Comfort Strap for securing a battery to the top rear. It also has two places for AA batteries to have at the ready. Combined they make my Modular Frankenquest (yes you can use your own headphones and powerbank). Any questions please email leon@vrbalance.net

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9655b4288dc7b5708ddc60e438c91f3e604a4a60bde2c5741e7eed0b4e63de34.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/415085117670118198c879d2d99cf75e4ea787e736a1fd7d378775d01133520b.jpg

    • Simarcade

      What is that hideous creation? Totally unnecessary

      • Leon Jimenez

        900 people disagree… and counting

        • Simarcade

          900 people yet to try it when they recieve their kickstarter three months from now. The only review on Reddit has been updated to say it’s heavy and causes presure on the back of your head

  • Traumaloku

    Well… I will not be very confident to have a battery on the back on my head.. (am I traumatise from “Samsung Galaxy Note 7” ? xD)

    I had a HTC Vive with the audio strap, it wasn’t crazy… :/

    • Leon Jimenez

      I don’t want to scare you but there is already a battery on the Quest next you your eyeballs.

  • Studioform VR

    For anyone interested. We have been selling our original Quest comfort strap since launch https://www.studioformcreative.com/product-page/go-quest-deluxe-strap-black

    Here’s a recent review of our Deluxe Strap
    https://www.androidcentral.com/studioform-creative-quest-deluxe-strap-review

    Also available with our DIY counterweight kit. We have had great feedback on these to date https://www.studioformcreative.com/product-page/quest-pro-enthusiast-kit

    We understand VR balance is working tirelessly to copy our range. Leon Jimenez works for Pimax and has been copying our ideas from the Pimax forum

    Please to announce we have now finished tooling on our three premium counterweight options. No Kick Starters or lengthy pre orders required. The new range will be available later this month

    • Leon Jimenez

      Well I guess it still officially be offered for sale to non bankers as well. I offered a truce but you didn’t stop with spreading lies.

      • Studioform VR

        I’ve talked to several people in the industry who all agree your blatantly copying our products. Your use your wifes your sewing skills and other peoples money to build of our sucess. Just try coming up with your own product ideas rather than taking advantage of others

  • It’s weird that you haven’t added VR Power: Upload says that it is a very great gadget to give both more balance and more power to the Oculus Quest

    • Jason

      It’s not that weird, given that it’s backordered.

  • T2814

    goquestvr.com sells a halo style strap for the Quest. For anyone coming from PSVR or even Rift S, the halo design feels a lot more comfortable. The product is currently only available thru their own website but if it ever makes it to Amazon I may give it a try.

    I’ve done the Frankenquest mod on my Quest and while it is an improvement over the stock strap it still doesn’t feel as comfortable as my PSVR or Rift S, especially after an extended session.

  • Rupert Jung

    I really hope, Oculus does a better job next time. Oh, and please integrate proper audio this time, thank you :)