Quest Achieved: You May Now Call Him Michael Roculus
When I was a little kid, I remember the day my dad brought home an Atari 2600. It was an absolute game-changer. I was amazed that the Atari was so groundbreaking that even my mom and dad would play.
We have now come full circle. My son's back-ordered Christmas present finally arrived yesterday afternoon, and the Oculus Quest did not disappoint. Everyone in the family was playing with the Quest last night – even my wife – because it was something unlike any of us had ever experienced. I found myself having to fight back the urge to ask for another turn.
After all, it's for the kids – right?
The Quest has some incredible games, but they aren't even my favorite thing to do with it. It sounds so simple, but I enjoyed just checking out the home screen. It's a scene of you inside a beautiful dome-shaped house in the mountains. There's a nice fire, a bookcase, and a comfortable couch. You can look out of the windows and see other similar dome-shaped homes. You can relax on the beach.
One of the most intense experiences was watching a National Geographic VR movie on YouTube. It places you on the ocean floor with a few other divers. You look around until a hammerhead shark appears and swims in between you. Other sharks enter the picture and circle the group. It is so real, it is scary.
I rode a roller coaster last night. Yes, it does give you the same feeling as the real deal.
I am still a rookie, and I'm still figuring things out, but I'd say the Oculus Quest might be the most exciting piece of technology since the introduction of the iPhone.