How to Make the Oculus Quest More Comfortable
I’m a huge fan of the Oculus Quest, but I’m not gonna lie… It’s very uncomfortable. When I first bought the headset, I wasn’t able to use it for more than 15 minutes due to the discomfort on my cheeks and forehead.
The good news is, after doing some modifications, I can wear it for as long as I want!
So NO – You did NOT buy the wrong headset. The Quest is amazing! You just need to learn how to make the Oculus Quest more comfortable:
Best Oculus Quest Comfort Mods
The two main comfort mods you need are:
- A counterweight. The Quest is so front-heavy that by adding weight at the back, you can alleviate the pressure at the front.
- Better face padding. The stock face padding that comes with the quest can feel a bit rough on the face so better/softer material will feel much better.
A counterweight + better face padding can make the quest comfortable to the point where you can wear it all day.
Best Oculus Quest Counterweight Mods:
There are two best counterweight mods you can use. The first one is:
This is the slickest design I’ve ever seen for a counterweight mod. It is like a cushion on the back of your head, except it weighs ~539 grams which is the perfect weight for a counterweight in my opinion.
I love this counterweight mod, because it allows you lie down comfortably. Other counterweights such as the battery pack mod makes it difficult to lie down.
It also fits in the Oculus Quest travel case and looks quite nice compared to other counterweight mods.
I reached out to VR Balance and they were nice enough to give us a small discount code:
You can order here and checkout using the code ‘WINSTON’ for a small discount.
The next option for a counterbalance is to buy a battery pack and tie it to the back strap using velcro straps. The best battery pack for Oculus Quest is the Anker Powercore PD 10000.
It weights 7.5 ounces/212.6 grams and extends the Oculus Quest battery life by another 3-4 hours.
Face Padding Mod
Combine this with one of the counterweight mods and you’ll have an ultra comfortable Quest!
This is optional, but paying $30 for a bit of extra comfort is worth it in my opinion!
If you find the stock foam on the Oculus Quest uncomfortable on your face, a great alternative is the VR Cover padding. VR cover uses softer foam which is so much nicer on your face and makes you less likely to get red marks. With the VRBalance mod, I literally get no red marks on my face anymore.
In my opinion, the VR Cover mod is a must-have for everyone, because not only does it improve comfort, but it also offers:
- Better hygiene & easier cleaning: If you’ve had your Quest for a while, you’ll notice the Quest gets quite dirty and it’s a nightmare to clean. If you haven’t gotten to this point yet, then take my word on it and buy the VR Cover before it gets to this point. The VR Cover face pad is removable so cleaning it is very easy.
- Better immersion: The VR Cover mod seals light better so it improves the immersion of the Quest.
- It comes with 2 pads: one thick and one thin. The thick one is slightly more comfortable than the thin, but the thin one lets your eyes go closer to the screen, improving field of view and making it noticeably more immersive.
For $29, it’s great value! Once again, combine the VR Cover mod with a counterweight for best comfort.
Other Tips to Improve Comfort:
There are a few other ways to improve the comfort of your Oculus Quest:
1. Make Sure You’re Wearing it Correctly
Comfort is subjective. Some people won’t have comfort issues at all. Maybe wearing the headset correctly can fix your comfort issues. The most common error is this:
Hopefully that fixes the comfort issues for you. If it’s still uncomfortable, there are some modifications you can do to make it better. The first one is super easy to do:
- Find a small wallet or purse
- Put coins in it until it weighs 300-400g (or however much you like).
- Search ‘weight of coins in <your country> on Google so you won’t need a scale to measure the total weight (the weight of the wallet is negligible ~20 grams).
- Tape the wallet to the back strap of your headset using packaging tape or duct tape. Make sure the wallet is facing horizontally, not vertically.
The beauty of this method is you can choose exactly how heavy you want the counterweight to be by adding in as many coins as you like.
How heavy should the Oculus Quest counterweight be?
I’d say around 400-500g is best. The one I use is 520g.
If you don’t have a wallet/purse, there are some really cheap ones for under $20. Here are some I recommend:
I find coin purses to be the best because they’re small and easy to tape on.
The Vive Deluxe Audio Strap Mod
If you don’t mind spending $100 on a mod – your best option is the Vive Deluxe Audio Strap (DAS mod).
Warning: This does involve some work to set up and it will make your headset look uglier and become less portable. But this option will improve your Quest’s audio and comfort.
If you’re just after better comfort, the counterweight mod with the VR Cover padding mod should be enough. But if you want better audio on the Quest, the Deluxe Audio Strap provides much better audio quality.
Is it worth the $100? Hell yeah! Most of the cost is for the headphones which aren’t cheap, but you get better comfort on top of the audio quality boost.
Unfortunately, production for the Vive DAS has stopped so it’s out of stock in some places, but if you can find one, it can be a great purchase.
This mod distributes the weight towards the top of your head so it’s less front heavy. I personally don’t like this mod, because I hate having weight on top of my head, but for those who don’t mind it can be a great option.
And no you don’t need the batteries on the side for this mod (those are just optional – they hardly have any effect).
Bonus Tip: Wear a Beanie
Want a cheap solution to your problems? Just wear a beanie! It’ll slight improve the comfort and also absorb your sweat so it won’t make it onto the headset.