So, it can be quite frustrating when you settle in to use your Oculus Quest 2 headset, only to find that the images are blurry. Oculus Quest 2 uses sophisticated lenses to deliver the gaming and virtual reality visual experience to you.
These lenses use super-high resolution which makes the experience as clear and real as you enjoy.
Why is My Oculus Quest 2 Blurry
Sometimes, the lens can have issues such as accumulated dirt, factory fault, and wrong resolution settings, to mention a view. Other times, it may just be a physical positioning of your headset. Any of these can cause Oculus to get blurry, and spoil your virtual reality experience. In fact, if you wear glasses, they could also be responsible for the blurry vision, one way or the other.
So, read on to find out exactly why your Oculus Quest 2 is blurry, as well as detailed solutions for resolving the issues.
1. Guardian Boundary Issue
A Guardian Boundary is a safety feature on Oculus Quest 2 that allows you to create virtual boundaries that appear when you move too close to the edge of your real playing area.
While you use Oculus, you are likely to move around in your physical space. Sometimes you may go too close to the edge of your physical space…and so the Guardian Boundary allows you to set limits to how far you can go.
Sometimes, the guardian boundary can get blurry and the outlines compressed to as little as 240 pixels, affecting your overall virtual reality experience.
Issues with the Guardian Boundary are usually a result of a temporary glitch and go away when you simply let Oculus go to sleep and then get it back on.
2. IPD Setting is Wrong
IPD setting on Oculus Quest 2, which stands for Inter-Pupillary Distance, is the distance between your pupils. This is very important as the actual distance between your pupils must match the distance settings on the headset to get the perfect visual experience.
When there is a significant difference between your real IPD and the setting on your headset, it can cause blurry vision on Oculus Quest 2.
There are 2 ways to get an accurate measurement of your IPD:
1. Visit your optometrist and get your IPD measurement. This is the way to get the most reliable measurement
2. Use a mirror and a millimetre ruler or tape:
a. Stand in front of a mirror and hold the measuring ruler or tape above your eyes.
b. Close one eye
c. Place the end of the ruler over your open eye, centred on your pupil.
c. With the ruler in place, open your closed eye and place your finger over the ruler in line with your pupil
d. The reading in millimetres under your finger is your IPD.
Or simply, just get someone to measure it for you.
With this information, you can set up your IPD on Oculus accurately.
3. Wrong Head Position
There are different ways this can happen, all of which results in a blurry Oculus Quest 2.
1. During your use of the headset, you may want to face a direction away from your guardian boundary so that you have more room. However, remember that the headset has a direction already that is set as Forward. So, when you change your direction, the headset will not adjust to your new forward direction, resulting in blurred vision.
2. The headset simply isn’t placed properly on your head for the correct line of vision or it has moved a bit during your use of Oculus. This happens especially when the strap isn’t fastened tightly enough on your head.
There are different solutions for these 2 scenarios and will provide them in detail later in this article
4. Broken Lens
Another common reason for blurry Oculus Quest 2 is a broken lens. Oculus resolves images in very high definition so any damage to the lens will blur the display.
5. Dirty Lense
Interestingly, we have found this to be the most common cause of a blurry Oculus Quest 2 headset. Your headset will accumulate dirt over time as you use it. And if you do not put it away after use, the frequency of dirt accumulation increases.
If your Oculus Quest 2 lens is dirty, it is sure to result in blurred images. Thankfully, this is the easiest cause to spot and fix.
6. You Have Bad Vision At Certain Ranges
Do you have any issues at all with your vision? Well, this can also result in a blurry Oculus Quest 2. The fact is, it doesn’t matter whether the issue is longsightedness, short-sightedness, glaucoma, etc., eye defects can manifest in different ways under different circumstances.
This is especially true for people who have vision problems at certain ranges. If you do have vision problems, a good thing to do is first to talk to your doctor about the use of virtual reality headsets. If you already wear glasses, then read on to see how you can overcome the blurry vision problem
7. Wrong Refresh Rate and Render Resolution
Things may get a bit technical here but just follow because it is important when you’re trying to resolve a blurry Oculus Quest 2 problem.
Refresh Rate: this is how many times the Oculus display is able to present a new image, per second. So, if your screen refresh rate is 240Hz, then it refreshes images 240 times each second. Now, the higher the refresh rate, the better the visual display. Well, most of the time.
The common refresh rates for high resolution are 120, 144, and 240 HZ. The highest refresh rate for Oculus Quest 2 for now, is 120HZ.
Here is the catch: not all games on Quest will support the 120HZ refresh rate. Some games will not be able to go from the general 90HZ to 120HZ because of the high-performance requirements that 120 has. This will come in handy when understanding why you have blurred vision in some games.
Render Resolution: This is simply the measurement of images, measured in pixels. This is different from the display resolution which is the number of distinct pixels (images) that can be displayed.
Now, if the render resolution is lower than the display resolution, the system will try to increase it to match the display resolution. This will make the visual blurry because it has been blown up to fit the display.
On the other hand, if the render resolution is set to be higher than the display resolution, the image will be reduced to fit, making for better viewing.
The best option, of course, is to make the render and display resolution equal.
So, the wrong refresh rate setting or a wrong render resolution setting can cause your Oculus Quest 2 to get blurry.
8. Software Issue
You might recall that in January 2022, there was an update (released as v37 in 19 January) on Oculus Quest 2 which caused blurry images on the system. This was a result of a bug in the software update that Oculus rolled out to users.
The fact is, sometimes, the cause of a blurry Oculus Quest 2 may not be in the lens or settings, but in the software program that controls how the headset works. The issue may not always develop after an update but rather from a bug that already exists in the software your Oculus came with.
Cases like this are not easy to detect. Users often go to online Oculus user communities to know if it’s a general issue. You can check if there is an issue with the software version on your Oculus system by following these steps:
- Put on your Oculus Quest 2.
- Press the Oculus button on the right controller to bring up the universal menu.
- Click the clock in the bottom-left
- Select the Settings at the top right corner
- Select System
- Select Software Update from the left-hand menu.
- You will see the software version. You can then search on Google for any issues associated with the version.
Also, if an update is available, it will be indicated at the top right corner
How to Fix Blurry Oculus Quest 2
Finding out the cause of blurry Oculus Quest 2 can be a daunting task. There are so many things to check. Some of them are rather simple and obvious, while others require extreme care and some technical expertise. We will guide you through every possible solution in detail. It is best to try one step after the other until the issue is resolved.
1. Learn to Adjust the Headset and Straps Properly
For you to have the perfect viewing experience on Oculus Quest 2, the very first step is to ensure that the headset is placed accurately and firmly in your line of vision. If the headset is not placed properly or it moves during use because the straps are not secured properly, you will experience blurry visuals.
Follow these steps carefully to get the right Headset position on Oculus:
1. Place the headset on your head without securing the straps.
2. Find the best position by moving the headset slightly in all directions (left, right, up, down) until the line of vision is perfect
3. Move the headset further from, or closer to your eyes until the vision is perfect
To ensure that you also get the IPD correct at one go, do the headset adjustments for each eye individually, closing the other eye at each try, until you the perfect position for each.
4. When you arrive at the perfect headset position, hold the headset in that position and secure the straps. Where possible, have someone else secure the strap while you hold the headset in position.
Make sure that the straps are firm to avoid losing the perfect placement of the headset, especially during use. Depending on the contours on your head, the strap may be placed higher or lower on your head to get the most secure and comfortable position.
2. Change Default Texture Size in SideQuest
The default texture size in Oculus Quest 2 is 2048x2048p. However, for some games, a higher or lower texture size is needed, depending on how the owner of the Virtual Reality game designed their product.
If, for example, you use the default texture size for a game that requires higher resolution, it will result in blurry visuals on Oculus Quest 2.
There are applications you can use to change the default texture size; the most commonly-used is SideQuest.
To adjust texture size on Oculus with SideQuest, please follow the steps below:
1. Download and install SideQuest on your PC or Android phone
2. Open the SideQuest app
3. Connect your Oculus Quest 2 headset to your computer or to an Android smartphone using the original USB cable.
4. A window will appear asking you to Allow USB Debugging. Select to Always Allow from your computer.
5. Go to the Device Settings and Tools window on SideQuest
6. Select the Default Texture Size of your choice by clicking on the figure.
Please note that while your new setting may be adequate for one game, it may cause visual issues on another game. You would then need to head back to SideQuest to make new changes.
3. Change Position of Your Head
Remember that when you change the position of your head, especially when you are adjusting to fit into your guardian boundary space, your game does not change its direction automatically.
You need to be conscious of this while using Oculus Quest 2, and adjust your head accordingly when this happens. However, there is a way to reset your headset view to fit the new direction you’re facing. To do this:
1. Look straight in your new, desired direction
2. Press and hold the right button of the Oculus Quest 2 control
3. The Oculus logo will appear in your headset. Wait for a white ring to totally encircle the Oculus logo. Once this is complete, the direction you are facing has become your new forward direction.
4. Adjust Refresh Rate and Render Resolution
Now that you understand what refresh rate and render resolution are, as well as how they can cause Oculus Quest 2 to be blurry, let’s take a look at how to adjust these settings to get the perfect visual experience.
To Adjust Refresh Rate:
1. Open SideQuest on your PC
2. Connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your PC using the USB cord
3. Confirm that SideQuest recognizes your Oculus Quest 2 headset
4. Select Device Setting and Tools (or the Spanner icon)
5. Under refresh rate, select the rate of your choice.
Kindly note that the current highest refresh rate by default is 90HZ. However, 120HZ is available as an experimental feature. You would only be able to choose 120HZ if you have enabled it as an Experimental Feature. To enable 120HZ:
- Make sure that your Oculus Quest 2 has the latest updates installed (v28). Refer to the steps in the Software Issues section of this article to see how to update your Oculus Quest
- Open the Oculus universal menu
- Open Oculus Quest 2 Settings
- Turn on Experimental features
- Select 120HZ
Beware that using the 120HZ refresh rate will shorten your headset’s battery life.
To Adjust Render Resolution:
Follow the same steps as Refresh Rate to adjust the Render Resolution
5. Wipe Lens
This should in fact be a habitual practice for you when using Oculus Quest 2. Before using the headset, please wipe the lens carefully to remove dust, dirt, stain, or whatever else may cause blurry visuals. To wipe your lens, please take note of the following:
1. Use only microfibre cloth.
2. Do not wet or dampen the cloth.
3. Do not apply undue pressure when cleaning the lens
4. Do not use any glass cleaner, alcohol, or any other chemical to clean the lens
5. Start from the centre of the lens and wipe in a circular motion
6. Adjust with software settings if you use Oculus Link or Virtual Desktop
If you already Use Oculus Link, you can follow the steps below to adjust the performance settings such as refresh rate, and render resolution:
1. Open the Oculus app on your computer.
2. Select Devices
3. Select Meta (or Oculus) Quest and Touch.
4. Scroll down to Graphics Preferences.
5. Here you will see options for adjusting Refresh Rate and Render Resolution.
7. Check for Defective Lenses
Defective lenses can also cause Oculus Quest 2 to get blurry. There are a few common scenarios for defective lenses, so you need to check which one fits your situation. This is important for deciding whether you need to replace the lens yourself or contact Oculus.
1. Factory fault – if you just bought your Oculus Quest 2, please make sure to examine the lens for any scratches or breaks. In this case, you would need to contact Oculus for a replacement.
2. Damage from your use – the Oculus headset, especially the lens, has to be handled with care. Dropping the headset or having the lens come in contact with other objects can damage it. In this case, you would need to replace the lens yourself.
3. Exposure to sunlight – while using Oculus outdoors can be great fun, you need to be cautious about exposing it to sunlight. Users have reported that their lenses got damaged from exposure to sunlight. For cases like this, you need to contact Oculus but there is no guarantee of replacement. They treat such on a case-by-case basis.
8. Don’t Touch Lens
Touching the lens with your hands can leave prints and smudges on the lens, resulting in blurry visuals. You should only touch the lens with a microfibre cloth.
9. If You Wear Glasses, Wear Them With Rift
If you wear glasses for better vision normally, the experience may be different on a virtual reality headset. The kind of glasses and the nature of your eye defect determine whether you will have a good or blurry experience on Oculus Quest 2. First of all, try using the headset without your glasses to see if it’s better. If it isn’t then you need to use the Oculus Rift headset.
To Wear Your Glasses with Oculus Rift:
1. Confirm that your glasses are 142mm or less in width, and 50mm or less in height
2. Wear your glasses
3. Loosen the side tabs of the Rift headset, first, followed by the top strap
4. Move the on-ear headphones outwards
5. Fasten the side tabs
6. Fasten the top strap
7. Bring the headphones down to your ears
10. Wear Contact Lenses If You Wear Glasses
Alternatively, you may try wearing contact lenses instead of frames. In fact, users report that this gives them the best experience on Oculus Quest 2. Lenses eliminate the issues associated with frame width and height. Although sweat can get absorbed by the contacts and make you uncomfortable, this can easily be taken care of by wearing sweatbands while using Oculus.
11. Factory Reset
If you have tried the tips above and still have blurry visuals on Oculus Quest 2, you may have to reset it to factory settings. Resetting to factory settings removes all bugs in the software or issues with configurations that you might have made over time.
To Reset Oculus Quest 2 to Factory Settings:
1. Make sure that Oculus Quest 2 is fully charged
2. Open the Oculus app on your phone
3. Select Devices
4. Select the Oculus headset that is connected to your phone for reset
5. Select Advanced Settings
6. Select Factory Reset
7. Confirm Reset
- Turn off your headset.
- Hold the power and volume – button on your headset down simultaneously
- Hold until the start-up screen loads on your headset
- Use the volume buttons on your control to highlight Factory Reset and press the power button to select it
- Use the volume buttons to highlight Yes, Erase and Factory Reset
- Press the power button to select it
Wait for the process to complete. Kindly note that:
- A factory reset removes every downloaded game, saved game level, setting, account information, and any other content you have added from your Oculus headset.
- However, it will not remove the content you have purchased or downloaded from your account.
Where a factory reset still does not resolve the blurry visual problem, you may have to replace your Oculus Quest 2 lens or the entire headset (view on Amazon).
It is best to contact Oculus support and report the issue to them. They will guide on whether a replacement or repair is best, and whether they are liable for the replacement or not.