Can Oculus Quest 2 controllers be used on the unique Quest?

Oculus ships every Quest VR headset with a matching pair of touch controllers, so you’ve got everything you need to dive headfirst into VR. But what if you break one? Or do you want to use the newer, more energy efficient Oculus Quest 2 controllers on your original Quest?

I mean they are all bluetooth, right? Can’t you just buy a pair of Oculus Quest 2 controllers or third-party alternatives and connect them to your original Quest headset?

If you broke the controllers for your original Quest, is it now unusable without finding an original controller?

So can I use the new Quest 2 controllers on my Quest 1 headset?

Short answer: no

For the longer answer, I refer you to the official Oculus support forums where the official Community Manager account says you can’t. This is likely because the Quest 2 controllers have fewer tracking LEDs to save power; This is not supported by the original Quest 1 headset.

The opposite is also a no, as the Oculus Quest 2 is not compatible with controllers from the Quest 1. The Quest 1 controllers were discontinued sometime in 2021 and are therefore no longer in production.

If you still want to use your Oculus Quest 1 after breaking a controller, eBay is your best bet. If you can’t find one cheap enough, you can use an Xbox One controller or many other popular controllers, but you’ll lose motion control options.

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