A great gaming experience is determined by good performance and engaging audio and visuals. Oculus Quest 2 is designed to serve this exact purpose. Everyone who tries VR for the first time does not expect anything less than a mesmerizing gameplay every single time. This highly depends on being able to hear the ambient sound effects in a game. But what if the Oculus Quest 2 is not letting you hear in-game audio?
Recently, many Oculus Quest 2 users have been reporting a problem with not being able to hear sounds through their headsets. The absence of audio is just not bearable with some VR games. Take Beat Saber for example. There is no way Beat Saber will be the same without audio. Playing without audio should be a choice and not an obligation. And that is why here are some fixes that may help you solve this problem. Troubleshoot the audio problems on your Oculus Quest 2, and continue enjoying your games with all the interesting sound effects.
Fixes for Oculus Quest 2 audio not working:
1) Select Oculus for audio output:
This might sound stupid, but this is where most users are wrong. Ascertain that the device you have connected your Oculus Quest 2 with is using the Oculus headset for audio output. Right-click on the sound icon and check the output device. If Oculus Quest 2 is not selected, change that. If you are having trouble doing so, unplug any other device that you might have connected to your computer for audio output temporarily.
2) Cross check audio settings:
Check all the audio settings and make sure that nothing is muted. Check your computer, the Oculus Quest 2 settings, and in-game settings as well. Sometimes small mistakes like this can make you waste a lot of time. Users who have connected their Oculus to the PC using a USB cable will have to look into the audio settings manually. The audio settings will not be preset. Check whether your PC is detecting the correct audio output device.
3) Check battery status:
Some users faced an issue with the audio on Oculus Quest 2 when its battery was about to die. If your headset is low on battery, turn it off and set it to charge. Once fully charged, connect it to the setup again and you should be able to hear sounds clearly.
4) Restart the Oculus Quest 2:
This is something that was suggested by Oculus Quest support staff on an online forum. Restart your Oculus Quest 2 before trying to connect it again. After the restart, before going back to the game you want to play, try opening other apps or games. See if you are facing the same problem there as well. If you can clearly hear the audio for other apps, open the previous app. Things should be fine now. If other games also lack an audio output, try the fixes given below.
5) Use experimental features:
Using experimental features, you can connect a Bluetooth headphone to your Oculus Quest 2. This might seem like an inconvenience, but it is better than wasting time on unsuccessful troubleshooting attempts. Go to Settings and enable Experimental Features. Under Experimental Features, you’ll see an option for Bluetooth pairing. Use that to connect a Bluetooth headset to your Oculus Quest 2 and check the results.