Should I purchase the Oculus Quest 2 64GB or the Oculus Quest 2 256GB?
Ask yourself these questions…
- Which type of VR games/apps will you be using?
- How many games will you have installed on the Quest 2 at the same time?
- Do you want to watch movies, photos, audio on the device?
- Do you want to ‘futureproof’ your Quest 2?
- Is the price difference going to make or break your purchase?
The answer to many of these questions comes down to personal preference. Let’s break it down.
Which type of VR Games/Apps will you be using?
There are 3 types of games used on the Oculus Quest 2 – Official Oculus Quest 2 games, Sideloading games, Steam VR, Oculus Rift and, Others.
Official Oculus Quest 2 store Games and Apps
These games are purchased directly on www.oculus.com or in the headset itself from the store screen. These items are made specifically for Quest 2 headset and install directly onto your Quest 2 headset.
Sideload Quest 2 Games and Apps
Most people will sideload their Quest 2(Click Here to See How to Do that) and allow you to install additional Quest 2 games that are not in the Official Oculus Quest 2 store for whatever reason. There are tons of great fun games and apps in here, many of which are free, and you will likely want to install some of these games too. They are also installed directly onto the Quest 2 headset via your computer and the Sideloading program.
Steam VR, Oculus Rift and, other Games and Apps
One of the coolest parts of the Quest 2 is the ability to NOT have to link to a high-end computer to play any games, but if you want some of the fancier games released out there then you will find yourself getting some of the games in this final section. If your computer is capable of running Steam VR or Oculus Rift games then you can use these on the Quest 2 also with a little workaround. These items will exist on your computer and you will need to link up via Virtual Desktop or via Oculus Link (the cable). The files can be upwards of 144GB but because they are actually playing through your computer you don’t need to worry about the size of your Quest 2 for these games.
How many games will you have installed on the Quest 2 at the same time?
The core operating system of the Quest 2 takes up about 10 GB leaving you with roughly 54GB on the smaller option. The average Quest 2 game is 500MB-2GB. The latest Walking Dead – Sinner and Saints game is 8GB (with expansion possible to 12GB). This means you will be able to install Sinner and Saints and roughly up to 6 other games of that size. Most games will be under a gig at this point though. Several large games and many less than 1 gig games are a reasonable amount of games for most people. As games continue to evolve on Quest 2, they will probably go up in size. So keep that in mind.
If you have fast, uncapped internet at home, you can uninstall the games at any time and reinstall them again when you want to play them. You *may* lose some of your saved game progress depending on the game if you do this though so be aware of that. There is also an option to sideload and copy your saved files (more on that another day). If you have capped internet or it is slow internet, then the idea of downloading another 8GB every month is probably something you want to avoid.
Do you want to watch movies, photos, audio on the device?
Your media also counts against that Quest 2 hard drive space. What media you ask? Any photos you take in games, any movies or videos you place on the device for later offline viewing, any audio. If you wanted to say fly on an airplane and watch a VR movie on your Quest 2, you could have the movie files copied onto the device and go. Movie files can be large so if you plan on viewing movies away from the Internet keep this part in mind. You are of course able to stream movies from Netflix, Amazon, and many others any time you are connected to the Internet. This streaming method of media viewing will not require storage space on your device.
Do you want to ‘futureproof’ the device?
There is no way to upgrade or expand the hard drive of any Quest 2 model in the future. Although it is technically possible to purchase an external hard drive and attach it, I’ve not seen reviews from anyone getting this working yet. That’s also saying you figure out a way to tape a hard drive to your head. I’d say any of those types of thoughts are a solid pass. What you buy is what you will have. Much like an XBOX or Playstation, the longer you have the device the more it becomes apparent that the large size option is always better. You can run out of space pretty quickly on these consoles and it will be the same on the Oculus Quest 2.
Is the price going to make or break your purchase?
Oculus quest 2 costs $299USD for the 64 GB model and $399USD for the 256 GB model. That is a $100 price difference for way more than double the amount of storage space. Remember that today an Apple iPhone Pro 12 or Android Pixel 5 ships with 128GB of storage. Do you think your phone needs more storage than your gaming headset? You use up storage faster than you think you will. If you are budgeting and the extra hundred dollars is going to hold you back from the purchase then the 64GB is acceptable for you to have a quality VR headset. Once you purchase the Quest 2 headset you will also need to purchase many additional extras like a head strap, cables, possible face covers, and most importantly software and games. There are lots of free games to play but some like Virtual Desktop for Steam VR may have an additional extra cost. Keep these things in mind for your budgeting.
Final thoughts on Which Size Oculus Quest 2 Do You Need?
Depending on your answers to these questions it can help you narrow down which size Oculus Quest 2 you personally should choose. I recommend you get the larger 256GB size if you can afford to. This will allow you to have a certain amount of future-proofing the device, you won’t have to delete your saved games, and it gives you lots of space to store music and movies for only $100 more. If you want to have more money for the extras you might need like head strap, cables, and software the 64GB option is still perfectly acceptable for you to install quite a few games. I hope this helps you narrow down the differences between the Oculus Quest 2 64GB and Oculus Quest 2 256GB headsets.