What’s the best Quest game overall?
The Meta Quest 2 and 3 are our favorite VR headsets of all time, and it’s largely because there are so many wonderful experiences you can try in these self-contained head-worn marvels. But picking a top game or app depends entirely on your style and tastes: Do you like being active in VR, or sitting down? Are you into action, or relaxation? Our guide below should help with all interests, but the most classic Quest game is still probably Beat Saber. Its addictive music rhythm, continually added music packs (which cost extra), and its fitness benefits (it’s a serious workout) make it our favorite. But there are two other must-gets: Walkabout Mini Golf is a perfect mini golf simulator that’s great with friends and keeps adding amazing new courses for additional purchase. Their latest, created with immersive art innovators Meow Wolf, is weird and wonderful. And Asgard’s Wrath II, a massive role-playing adventure, comes free with Quest 3 purchases right now but is well worth getting for anyone who wants a massive single-player journey in VR. All three look great in both the new Quest 3, the Quest Pro or the several-year-old Quest 2.
CNET has been testing and playing with games and apps in VR since the original Oculus Rift, and our perspective and expertise is aimed at helping gaming and VR veterans understand what’s new. But we’re also geared to newcomers: as parents of kids who also play VR sometimes, we think about family picks, too. Note that you can additionally access top PC VR games like or on Quest headsets, but you’ll need to connect to a gaming PC, either wirelessly or with a USB cable. These picks below are only apps that can be downloaded directly onto the headset.
How we test Quest games and apps
We just play. VR is a continually changing landscape, and thanks to new mixed reality capabilities in the Quest 3, we expect it to keep changing. We play and review VR games just like we do games on other platforms, but we keep interfaces and comfort heavily in mind for VR experiences as well.
Factors to consider for picking Quest apps and games
The Quest 3 offers improved graphics, faster refresh rates for smoother experiences, higher display resolution, and the ability to mix real-world camera feeds with VR to offer mixed reality that can feel, at times, like the virtual and real blending together. RIght now, there aren’t many VR games or apps that use mixed reality as more than a gimmick, but we expect more games, productivity apps, and fitness apps to add mixed reality for Quest 3.
But for both Quest 2 and 3, many games and apps are effectively similar. This brings up a few considerations: do you want to be active? Do you like being seated? Do you mind intense action? Are you looking for something more comfortable? VR can span a whole spectrum of comfort zones, and sometimes it really depends on your mood and energy.
Quest 2 apps are playable on Quest 3, and many of these games are getting free updates adding better graphics and performance enhancements. It’s a good incentive to consider upgrading to a Quest 3 if you have a Quest 2, although Meta’s also expected to launch a more affordable version of the Quest 3 in 2024.
Games also vary widely in price: Some are free, others are $10, and others cost as much as premium console games. Storage sizes vary widely, too, from a few hundred megabytes to 20GB or more. If you have a smaller-capacity storage size Quest headset, you may have to delete apps to make room.