Advantages of Oculus Quest 2 for Corporate Training and Upskilling Employees


Updated November 03, 2020 - Dom Barnard

"Transform Work With Virtual Reality. VR on Oculus for Business eliminates physical barriers and provides powerful new ways to connect, collaborate and learn" - Oculus

With the Oculus Quest 2, there's no need for expensive virtual reality (VR) hardware or powerful mobile devices to run the VR experience. The Quest 2 provides a standalone, affordable headset that can be used with a range of training apps and scenarios.

Why train with virtual reality?

VR opens up new, exciting possibilities for training employees. Being able to simulate different scenarios from anywhere in the world, such as fire safety training or giving a speech at a conference, allows each learner to practice their skills with no real-world consequences.

Companies can be sure that employees are receiving a standardised, high quality level of training.

It’s hard to practice many soft skills scenarios using traditional methods, and that’s the real difference with VR. Without VR, how do employees practice dealing with a fire in the office? Handling a huge number of customers on Black Friday? Delivering a sales pitch to new clients?

What is the Oculus Quest 2?

The Quest 2 is a VR headset that lets you experience VR apps without the need for a powerful PC or mobile phone. The standalone headset comes with everything you need to power the VR experience, making it an effective tool for all types of training in VR.

Summary of features for the Oculus Quest 2

  • Personal viewing - Crystal clear optics and state-of-the-art 3D graphics make your headset feel more like a personal theatre.
  • Viewing with friends - Meet up in the virtual world with other colleagues and learn together
  • Portable and easy to use - Experience portable, all-in-one VR. That means no PC, phone, wires or hassles.
  • Controllers - Easily navigate around any virtual training simulation with the intuitive hand controllers.
  • Headset casting - Bring colleagues along into VR worlds when you cast directly to a compatible TV or in the Oculus mobile app.
  • Built-in audio - Hear in all directions with built-in speakers that deliver cinematic 3D positional audio.
Oculus Quest 2 headset standalone

Design, resolution and hardware

Oculus Quest 2 feels comfortable when you put it on. The soft inner lining feels good on the face and nose, as well as having an airiness to it. It is lighter than the Quest 2, so easier to wear for longer VR sessions.

Built-in speaker

Built into the strap mounts that sit either side of your head, the speakers on the Quest 2 prove remarkably useful. While they’re no replacement for a high-quality pair of headphones, they work extremely well. The speakers don't Quest 2 directly into your ears but do provide a real sense of immersion in the virtual world, without the need for a dangling headphone cable.

Hand controller

Oculus Quest 2 also includes a 6 DoF controller. The controller is well designed and feels good to hold. Its ergonomic design and responsive controls make it easy to navigate around in the virtual world.

Headset resolution

The 1832x1920 pixels per eye is impressive, sharp enough to almost eliminate the "screen-door" effect earlier headsets suffered from. With 50% more pixels than the original Quest, everything from multiplayer experiences and productivity apps to 360° videos look better than ever. With Quest 2’s increased graphics processing power, this new display is capable of supporting 90 Hz.

Battery life

You'll get between 2-3 hours of continual usage out of the Oculus Quest 2. This is usually more than enough for any training you might want to do with it, but can become an issue if using one at a trade show or exhibition. The last thing you want is for the Quest 2 to run out of battery mid demo.

A solution is to bring 2-3 headsets with you and have them on rotation, while the ones in use are being charged.

Oculus Quest 2 woman

Virtual Reality. Ready for work.

The Quest 2 runs on the Oculus for Business platform, an enterprise-grade Workplace by Facebook that adheres to strict data security standards.

  • Scalable platform: Run the deployment and management of a large fleet of Quest devices using our simple, cloud-based device management tools.
  • Security and privacy: Powerful account management and access control tools to safeguard your devices and software.
  • Support and warranties: Get enterprise-grade hardware and software support via chat, email and phone. Products come with extended 24-month hardware warranties, and you can quickly exchange faulty devices to avoid interrupting your business.
  • Built on Workplace by Facebook: Built on the infrastructure and privacy practices of Workplace by Facebook, the platform includes strong data centre security, 24/7 threat monitoring, multiple layers of encryption and advanced technologies such as machine learning.

Accessories and parts

Oculus Quest 2 case

Bring it with you or tuck it away. This lightweight case provides sturdy protection, whether you're at home or on the go.

Fitted interface

This kit includes two alternative facial interfaces and light blockers for users with low nose bridges and wider or narrower cheekbones.

Prescription lenses

VirtuClear Lens Inserts are made for Quest 2 for use in your VR device. Your custom prescription lenses are lightweight and come with a high quality no glare coating.

Case studies

Oculus list several case studies on their website, which have used both the Quest and Quest 2 in an enterprise setting.

  • 233% - Improvement in performance seen by Johnson & Johnson when using VR training. Read more.
  • $100 - Nestle Purina's annual savings by training 10 salespeople a month in VR. Read more.
  • 90% - Reduction of in-class training time at Hilton in comparison with traditional methods. Read more.
  • 91% - learners would like to see more VR training at Vodafone. Read more.

Pricing and where to buy

Where to buy

You can buy Oculus Quest 2 and official accessories directly from the Oculus website (Oculus.com), or from any of their retail partners:

Pricing

The Oculus Quest 2 for business price is $799 for the 256GB version. Note that the consumer price is $399 for the 256GB version.

In summary

The Oculus Quest 2 provides a powerful, easy to use tool for training employees in VR. Companies can purchase a pool of Oculus Quest 2 headsets and rent them out to employees, so that they can practice a range of training scenarios in a realistic way.

Here at VirtualSpeech we focus on soft skills training in VR. If you’d like to learn more and how VR can benefit your workforce, contact us.