There are a lot of possible interactions in virtual reality. The standard Quest 2 controllers just don’t always cut it anymore. Fortunately, there’s a large market of accessories manufacturers making adapters for different games and use cases. Not least among them is YOGES.
YOGES at It Again
YOGES specializes in accessories for the Meta Quest 2 headset and Quest 2 controllers. We’ve already reviewed one of their head strap alternatives for the device and found it to be comfortable and competitively priced. When they invited us to try out their “handle attachments” of course we were curious.
The adapters are designed for the Quest 2 controllers and are reported to work with games including Beat Saber, Gorilla Tag, Kayak VR: Mirage, Real VR Fishing, and others. In this writing, I used the grips to play Playin Pickleball, Bait!, and Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat! (That’s a Beat Saber clone with super-short sabers).
Before we jump into the playthroughs, let’s look at what’s in the box.
The minimal YOGES packaging for the handle attachments packs one handle for each controller, one detachable lanyard for each controller, and a connector piece turning the whole set into one two-headed controller. There are also two extra velcro ties to hold the controllers into the adapters – just in case. A set of directions is included as well, but it’s a simple setup.
The standard Quest 2 controller sits into the adapters, which are each labeled “L” or “R”. Then, a velcro tab secures the controller into the adapter via the tracking ring – so, likely not compatible with the Quest Pro controllers. The bottoms of each adapter are threaded. Screw on a lanyard attachment or screw one of the adapters into either end of the connector piece.
The lightweight adapters are hollow core encased in durable-feeling molded foam. That hollow core keeps the weight and probably the cost down, but it also means that you can insert your Quest 2 controllers without removing the lanyards from them. That’s a handy feature because you might not want these adapters for everything that you do in VR.
The full rig measures in at almost exactly two feet. Each controller in a separate adapter with the lanyard attachment measures in at about ten inches – that’s some five-and-a-half inches longer than the Quest 2 controller by itself.
The adapters extend the Quest 2 controllers but don’t allow you to interact with them in any way. That is, you’ve still got to be holding the controller to press buttons and triggers. Fortunately, the lanyard on the end is long enough that you can put it around your wrist and still reach over the entire adapter to reach the controller.
Playtesting the Adapters for Quest 2 Controllers
I was worried that that length was going to throw off my game. It seems to me that if the adapter adds a few inches, that means that the Quest 2 thinks that my arm is a few inches longer than it is – right? This shouldn’t make much difference saber beating or gorilla tagging, but I was all set for playing pickleball to be a nightmare.
But then, it wasn’t. I don’t know if the Quest 2 is smarter than I gave it credit for or if my brain was a lot more ready to accept the extended controller as a part of my arm, but I had no trouble hitting the ball reliably into targets in a practice mode.
layin Pickleball also might be the game that has seen the most flying Quest 2 controllers in my home – lanyards are a must. However, I didn’t use the lanyards to play with the YOGES adapter – the extra length and the molded foam made it significantly easier to hold onto a paddle.
Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat!
I had a bit more of a time getting used to the adapters when I played a round of Kizuna AI – Touch the Beat!. If you haven’t played the game, it’s very similar to Beat Saber but with smaller targets, smaller sabers, and different motion challenges.
Things took some more getting used to, possibly because the sabers are narrower than a pickleball paddle so my movements needed to be even more precise. I did also hit my overhead light at least once, though I’m not entirely sure that that was because of the adapter. Still, by the end of the first song, I had a pretty memorable streak going.
From here, I really wanted to use the adapter as a sword handle in Battle Talent, but in Battle Talent you need to hold the trigger to hold the weapon, so that was a no-go. You also pump both arms and use the joysticks to run, so I couldn’t just leave a controller down and dedicate myself to two-handed weapons. I wondered about how the handle might work as a fishing rod in Bait!.
In Bait! you hold the rod and cast with one hand but use the trigger on the other controller to real it in. I let the left-hand controller (sans adapter) hang off of my left wrist as I used the right controller (with adapter) to do a double-handed cast. It was a little awkward because Bait! was still tracking the left-hand controller as it flopped through the air, but the cast was beautiful.
Is it Worth the Price?
Depending on where, when, and how you buy the YOGES Handle Attachments, they run between $18.58 (the price on Amazon at the time of writing) and $33.98 (the price currently listed on the YOGES website). That’s fairly competitive for adapters of this kind – and most adapter sets don’t include the connector piece.
As always, whether or not that’s worth the price depends on the games that you play. For as many games as I found improved by the adapters, I have at least as many that wouldn’t work. Maybe that’s not the case for you. Or maybe it is but you feel really passionate about improving your VR fishing cast or your virtual pickleball game.
I will say that on all of the games that were compatible with these adapters for Quest 2 controllers (and Bait!) my game was improved – or at least felt improved.
So far, I continue to be pleased with YOGES. The Quest 2 Controller Handle Attachments, like the headset strap, are lightweight and low-cost comfortable adapters. While they may not be for all people or in all cases, they certainly have their place in the VR accessories ecosystem.