The Oculus Quest 2 is an incredible device, but with a price tag starting at $300, it’s not the most budget-friendly system on the planet. Most games on Quest 2 are slightly more affordable than your typical PC or console title, yet they’ll still run you around $20 each. That means between buying the headset and amassing a library of great titles, you could be looking at an entire month’s worth of rent.
Thankfully, the Oculus Quest 2’s catalog includes dozens of free games. Some of them are short demonstrations of VR technology, while others offer completely fleshed-out experiences. Regardless of their intent, these games allow you to take full advantage of your new Quest without having to dip into next month’s budget. Here are the best free Oculus Quest 2 games.
Elixir is the perfect game to show off the Quest’s impressive hand-tracking capabilities. Players take on the role of a budding sorcerer who is put in charge of maintaining a magical laboratory and dabbling in the world of alchemy.
Built to showcase the Oculus Quest’s hand-tracking technology, it’s fairly obvious that this is an extended tech demo. Nonetheless, Elixir stands as one of the best free-to-play experiences on the stand-alone headset, and one that you don’t want to miss.
This is by far the most extensive tech demo available for the headset. Inspired by old ’80s technology, Oculus First Contact is a virtual sandbox that will show you the ropes when it comes to interacting with the world around you.
It’s the small things we take for granted in the real world that become spectacular in this virtual environment. Shaking maracas, launching miniature rockets, and creating objects with a 3D printer are some of the tasks you’ll find yourself amazed by in this demo. VR veterans will even discover much to love in this polished title.
There’s nothing else on Quest 2 quite like The Key. This theatrical experience runs for about 20 minutes, teleporting viewers to a surreal world that must be experienced firsthand to truly be appreciated.
The Key is adamant that it’s not a video game — rather, it’s a “magical realism experience.” That sounds a bit vague, but it’s honestly a pretty apt description. The experience has received rave reviews from every outlet imaginable and even won the Tribeca Film Festival Storyscapes Award. It’s a fantastic addition to the VR world and one of the best free downloads available on the Quest.
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