Updated: Apr 13, 2021
During the pandemic finding hobbies is a quest of its own. Everyone made sourdough. I still have a sour-starter in the fridge. Guitar lessons, basketball, and arriving soon in a big box is a tufting gun. Deep diving for a hobby was a thing throughout the year. Sorry, dad, I really did want to learn the guitar again, but I couldn't stick with it...
Over the course of the year, I had a yearning to return to ping pong. High school and college memories of penhold grips confusing my friends. "We don't hold our paddles like that here," they'd say. My reply was handing them a penhold defeat. Sometimes.
There were two major obstacles impeding my progression to complete this quest of owning a table: space and cost. Do I really want to justify over $500 just for a nice table? Besides, there's really nowhere to put it. The garage? Cars and the basketball hoop. My basement is now a gym. As much as I wanted this to become reality, it just wasn't possible. Then Youtube with its fancy algorithm suggested an Oculus Quest 2 video featuring Eleven Table Tennis. The video rabbit hole I dove down into proved that the reality was possible — just virtually.
Flash cut to a few weeks ago and I now have the Oculus Quest 2. I also have 3D-printed handles to mimic a ping pong paddle. Space is no longer an issue. I highly recommend searching for accessories like this if you do the same. Local libraries might even have the ability to 3D-print for you. All you have to do is upload the plans you find, pay a few bucks, then pick it up! Due to covid, my libraries don't offer the service at the moment, so I ordered it on Etsy. Get some grip tape too.
Funds are mostly intact, and certainly cheaper than buying a nice table, paddles, grips, balls, and a trip to the ER after breaking my hand from slamming it into the concrete wall. You know, the whole space situation being too tight for a real table...
Besides, the Quest 2 isn't just for ping pong. The storefront is full of games I've been wanting to play for years. Gorn, Beat Saber, Vacation and Work Simulator, The Climb, and Super Hot just to name a few. The bonus during this whole quest is having a completely wireless setup. We've come a long way in a short time with VR. The resolution is pretty good. It's what you'd expect. Although if you connect a USBC to your PC into the Quest 2, it might improve visuals and refresh rate. I say "might" because I haven't tested it myself yet. I'm pretty happy with the wireless setup. Now, I'm off to get Half-Life: Alyx setup on this rig!