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

The Quest 1 is still a decent VR headset, but what if you need a new controller?

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Quick Answer: Quest 2 controllers will not work on the Oculus Quest. However, if you own both headsets, you can use your original controllers on the new model.

Oculus ships every Quest VR headset with a matching pair of Oculus Quest 1 Controllers, so you’ve got everything you need to dive head-first into VR.

But what happens if you break one? Or if you want to use the newer, power-efficient Oculus Quest 2 controllers on your Oculus Quest 1 Controller?

I mean, they’re all Bluetooth, right? Can’t you use Quest 1 controllers with Quest 2 controllers or third-party alternatives and link them to your original Quest headset?

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

Short answer: No

For the longer answer, I will point you to the official Oculus Support forums, where the official Community Manager account says you can’t.

“…the Quest 2 Touch controllers are not compatible with the original Quest unit. You can click here to sign up for notifications on when they may be back in stock on the website, or to check and see if any retailers in your area may have them for sale. If you’re still within your warranty period however, you can click here to contact us so we can look into our options to help you out!

That’s probably because the Quest 2 controllers have fewer LEDs for tracking to save power, so that won’t be supported on the original Quest 1 headset.

Quest 2 controllers on a purple background

READ MORE: Where do I find the serial number of my Oculus Quest 2?

The reverse is also a no, with the Oculus Quest 2 not being compatible with controllers from the Quest 1. The Quest 1 controllers were discontinued at some point in 2021, so they’re no longer in production.

If you still want to use your Oculus Quest 1 after breaking a controller, your best bet is eBay.

Oculus Rift S/Quest 1 Touch RIGHT Controller
There are plenty of options available, but be prepared to see them in the $100 and up price range.
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If you can’t find one cheaply enough, you can use an Xbox One controller or many other popular controllers, but you’ll lose the motion control options.

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