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It’s inspired by one of his most violent kills in 2008’s Rambo.
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Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap with battery is practically a must-have VR accessory – CNET
The Elite Strap turns the Quest 2 into a better-fitting VR headset, and adds a battery boost. Scott Stein/CNET The Oculus Quest 2 is a fantastic standalone VR headset. But it does have some drawbacks (besides, controversially, now requiring a Facebook login): the battery life is just ok, the new head strap is a little…
The Elite Strap turns the Quest 2 into a better-fitting VR headset, and adds a battery boost.
The Oculus Quest 2 is a fantastic standalone VR headset. But it does have some drawbacks (besides, controversially, now requiring a Facebook login): the battery life is just ok, the new head strap is a little uncomfortable, and it’s hard to easily and safely store the VR headset.Those problems are all solved with a single Oculus accessory that, while expensive, is pretty fantastic. I’ve been trying the Oculus Quest 2 Elite Strap with Battery for a week, and it’s changed my feelings on the Quest 2. It’s an accessory that, while bulky, is seriously excellent for any longer-term VR user looking to spend a lot of time gaming. Consider the additional $129 a worthy upgrade for a decked-out Quest 2, especially since it also includes a very solid carrying case.The Elite Strap (right) attaches by snapping onto the sides after taking off the Quest 2 strap (left). The case (rear) is included too.
The strap is much more comfyThe first Oculus Quest had a bulky but sturdy head strap that Facebook left off the Quest 2 in favor of a simpler (and probably cheaper) elastic set of velcro straps. Those can be popped off, and the new Elite Strap snapped on in their place. The foam-padded strap feels much more like the way the best PC VR headsets are constructed.
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The side bands extend out, and a rear dial on the back of the headband tightens and loosens the fit. It’s easy to take off, and the headstrap balances weight better to avoid eye pressure. The Quest 2 face mask fits me differently, now, pressing against my forehead a bit more, my cheeks and eyes less. It’s far better for longer sessions.The battery pack ‘doubles’ playing time A battery pack inside the rear of the headband plugs into the USB-C port on the side of the Quest 2, with a new pass-through USB-C charge port added to the back of the strap system (it’s just for charging, though: to use PC-connected Oculus Link features, you unplug the battery). The battery pack and Quest 2 charge together when plugged in to USB-C, and together they offer a lot more play than the two to three hours of the Quest 2 normally. I can’t tell yet how much more battery life specifically as I haven’t been able to play multiple hours at a stretch. However, I can now play for hours throughout the day and still have charge left, which is great. The only downside is that the battery pack and Quest take a long time to charge back up. Like, we’re talking an overnight charge.The case holds the Elite Strap and battery when attached to the Quest 2, plus controllers and charger, all well separated with plastic barriers.
The case is essentialOculus sells the Quest 2 carrying case separately, but it’s included with the battery pack strap. It’s more important than you might think. I find it extremely annoying to safely stow VR headsets, even around the house. I try to make sure the inner lenses don’t scratch, and VR headsets should be kept away from bright sunlight — direct sunbeams can cause burn-in on the displays when hitting the inner lenses. The Quest 2 case (right) is bigger than the original Oculus Quest case (left) even though the Quest is smaller, because the Elite Strap makes it bigger. Oh well.
The Quest 2 case carves out just enough room for the headset, controllers and charge cable, with plastic barriers to keep things from damaging the headset. The hard case is also reasonably protective for travel. I keep the Quest 2 in it as a light and dust shield, and it’s designed to fit the Elite Strap and Battery perfectly. Or, you could store the Quest 2 without the Elite Strap.Three accessories in one bundleThe head strap, the case and the battery pack are all useful add-ons for hardcore users. The bundle makes sense together, and Facebook has elegantly designed the whole thing to work extremely well. You could buy the Elite Strap without the battery, or the carrying case separately, but they cost $49 each. The bundle feels a lot more logical, adding the battery for what amounts to an extra $30. I’d call this an accessory Facebook should have included with the Quest 2, but it’s clear that the Quest 2’s lower price came at the expense of extras. Adding this accessory to your Quest 2 brings the price of your VR headset closer to what the Quest cost in the first place last year. It’s worth it.
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iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1 Released With 10-Bit HDR Video Playback, Edit Support for Earlier Models
Apple has released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 as the latest improvement-focussed updates for compatible iPhone and iPad models. The new updates come less than a month after the company rolled out iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1 as the early bug fix releases post the debut of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Alongside various improvements…
Apple has released iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 as the latest improvement-focussed updates for compatible iPhone and iPad models. The new updates come less than a month after the company rolled out iOS 14.0.1 and iPadOS 14.0.1 as the early bug fix releases post the debut of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. Alongside various improvements and bug fixes, the iOS 14.1 and iPadOS 14.1 bring 10-bit HDR video playback and edit support to existing iPhone and iPad models.What’s new in iOS 14.1As per the changelog provided by Apple, iOS 14.1 adds support for 10-bit HDR video playback and editing in the Photos app for the iPhone 8 and later models. It makes sense as the iPhone 12 series brings 10-bit HDR video recording and while enabling the same experience isn’t possible probably due to hardware limitations, existing iPhone users will now be able to watch and edit videos they receive from the latest iPhone models.Aside from the newly added 10-bit HDR video support, the update fixes the problem that was causing some widgets, folders, and icons to appear in reduced size on the home screen. It also addresses the issue where dragging widgets on the home screen could remove apps from folders. The update also fixes the issues where emails in Mail were sent from an incorrect alias and incoming calls were prevented from displaying region information.iOS 14.1 brings a list of improvements and bug fixes The iOS 14.1 update also brings a fix for the issue that was resulting in the lock screen emerging call button to overlap with the text input box when zoomed display mode was enabled alongside an alphanumeric passcode. Similarly, the update fixes the Calculator app for the issue that could prevent zeros from appearing on the screen. There is also a fix for the issue that was restricting users to download or add songs to their library while viewing an album or playlist.Apple has also resolved an issue that was temporarily reducing streaming video resolution at the start of playback. The update also addresses an issue in the Files app that could cause some MDM-managed cloud service providers to incorrectly display content as unavailable. Additionally, there are improvements towards Ubiquiti wireless access points’ compatibility.The latest iOS update also fixes a couple of problems related to the Apple Watch. In one case, some users were prevented from setting up a family member’s Apple Watch, while in the other one, the Apple Watch case material was displayed incorrectly in the Apple Watch app.That said, the iOS 14.1 update doesn’t address the known battery drain issue that was introduced with the release of iOS 14. Apple even acknowledged the issue publicly and provided a workaround — which was to restore your iPhone after completely erasing all its content stored.The release of iOS 14.1 comes just ahead of the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro sale that is beginning in the US and other key markets from Friday, October 23. The new iPhone models are debuting in India on October 30, though. Apple is likely to ship the iPhone 12 series with iOS 14.1 out-of-the-box.What’s new in iPadOS 14.1Just like the iOS 14.1 update, iPadOS 14.1 also includes fixes for the issues related to widgets, folders, and icons on the home screen, Mail app, music library, video playback, and the Files app. It also brings 10-bit HDR video playback and editing support to the Photos app for the iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation) and later, iPad Pro 11‑inch, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Air (3rd generation) and later, and the iPad mini (5th generation). Moreover, the iPadOS 14.1 update comes on the heels of the iPad Air (2020) availability that is set alongside the iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro sale. The new iPad Air is expected to ship running the latest iPadOS update.How to download iOS 14.1, iPadOS 14.1To download iOS 14.1 on your iPhone or iPod touch or iPadOS 14.1 on your iPad, make sure the device has a sufficient amount of battery and is connected to a Wi-Fi network. You can then begin the download process by going to Settings > General > Software Update. Moreover, the updates are available for all iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models that are compatible with iOS 14 or iPadOS 14.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.