In the past, gaming and keeping fit haven’t necessarily gone hand in hand. Now, though, Oculus Move
is changing that. Oculus Move is a free app included with the original Oculus Quest gaming headset and the latest 128GB Quest 2 model
. The app is designed to track a wearer’s movements. With that, they can see their activity levels during any time spent sporting their headset.
Since its inception, video gaming has been a largely sedentary pastime. However, with gaming-focused virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Quest actively promoting movement and motion, that’s no longer the case.
So, whether you’re a newcomer to the Oculus lineup or are looking to get more from your headset, a focus on fitness is a great place to start.
Getting Started With Oculus Move
One of the biggest benefits of Oculus Move
is that it monitors how active Oculus Quest and Quest 2 wearers are whenever they don their headsets. Getting started with the app is easy, too. Once dialed in, the Move app begins tracking wearers’ activity whenever they step into the virtual reality world of Oculus.
The same is true whether they’re gaming, watching videos, or doing something else entirely. As a result, Oculus owners can integrate their headsets into an existing workout routine. On the other hand, they can also use it simply as a means of tracking activity that might otherwise not happen.
Best of all, setting up and using Oculus Move is as straightforward as following just four steps.
Step 1: Set Up Oculus Move
Upon first opening the pre-installed Oculus Move app, users are asked to enter a few basic pieces of information. These are age, height, weight, and sex. Knowing these details means that Oculus Move can calculate how many calories a user is burning
However, it’s not strictly necessary to enter this information. Should Oculus owners prefer, they can skip this step. In doing so, the Oculus Move app will calculate rough figures using averages instead.
Step 2: Enter Fitness Goals
Next, Oculus Move will look to help users set one or more goals. Such goals primarily revolve around activity time and calories burned. The app will suggest various goals across multiple tiers. Alternatively, Oculus Quest and Quest 2 owners can use Oculus Move to set their own customized goals.
With figures set for activity time and calories burned, Oculus Move users must then establish a weekly target. This target centers around how often a person wishes to meet their goals in any given seven-day period. Don’t worry too much about getting these goals and weekly targets spot-on, as users can easily amend both at any point going forward.
Step 3: Get Active!
The best way to get the most out of Oculus Move is by choosing games and other apps that promote lots of activity. Games like Dance Central
and dedicated fitness apps such as Supernatural
are obvious places to start.
However, it’s also possible to rack up some serious movement with games and apps that aren’t necessarily as fitness-focused. Blaston, Beat Saber, Space Pirate Trainer, Synth Riders, and Fruit Ninja are all great cases in point.
Step 4: View Your Data
With Oculus Move set up and some data recorded, viewing the resulting figures is as easy as opening the Move app itself. The four simplest ways to interpret this data are via Oculus Move’s stats, calendar, trends, and history pages.
Hit the Oculus Move stats page to view data for that day. Oculus Move users can view this data as a pie chart or bar graph. It’s also possible to drill down into the same data on an app-by-app basis. Accordingly, it’s easy to see which games or other applications have yielded the most activity and provided the best workout.
Oculus Move users can also use the app’s calendar feature to view all of the above data on a day-by-day basis. This view is especially useful in spotting gaps in regular activity. With such gaps identified, users of the Oculus Move app can then focus on improving their stats on particular days of the week.
Another way to track fitness using Oculus Move is by utilizing the app’s trends page. The trends screen combines data from both the stats and calendar sections to grant an overview of recent activity. It’ll also calculate Oculus Quest and Quest 2 wearers’ average activity levels across various criteria.
Finally, the Oculus Move app’s history tab provides a broad overview of all of the above information on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis. Just like tapping into Oculus Move’s stats page, the app’s history tab also allows users to view historical data on an app-by-app or game-by-game basis.
Protect Your Oculus Headset With Upsie
However you use your Oculus headset, it’s important to protect it with an extended warranty. As with any piece of cutting-edge technology, virtual reality headsets like the Oculus are prone to manufacturing defects, mechanical faults, power failures, and more. By their very nature, they’re also at an inherent risk of accidental damage, such as drops, cracks, and liquid spills.
Thankfully, all of this and more is comprehensively covered with an extended video gaming warranty from Upsie
. With an extended Oculus warrant
y in place, Upsie customers, including Oculus Quest, Quest 2, and Rift S owners, are protected against what life may have to throw at any virtual reality headset.
Affordable, comprehensive, and easy to understand, all Upsie video gaming warranties are fully transferable and include various repair and replacement options. Customers can also lock in Oculus warranty coverage for both new and used devices purchased in the last 60 days. To find out more, head to Upsie.com
or download the Upsie smartphone app
to get started.
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