Meta Quest (2): Best Custom Homes and Installation

Meta Quest (2): Best Custom Homes and Installation
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April 1, 2022:

Custom homes can now be installed without having to replace the default home environments. This simplifies the installation enormously. You can also install as many custom homes as you want and delete individual custom homes in VR.

The article and instructions have been revised accordingly.

If you’ve had your fill of Meta Quest’s home environments, you’ll find Custom Homes a welcome change. I have compiled the best Custom Homes and explain how to install them.

Background on the developer scene

Custom Home creators have their own Discord server called Quest Homes. Originally, custom homes were only shared there.

Since April 2021, they are also uploaded to the sideloading platform Sidequest, where they have their own content category. Here they are easier to find and install on Meta Quest.

However, it is still worth visiting the Discord server. Here you can make requests for custom homes (in the #environment-requests channel) or learn how to create custom homes yourself (in the #tutorial channel).

If you are interested in one of the following custom homes, you can click on the title and you will be redirected to the corresponding sidequest page.

The best Custom Homes

City 17 alley from Half-Life: Alyx

You will find yourself in a side street of the dystopian City 17, while the Citadel towers impressively above you. The template for the custom home is a SteamVR environment designed by Valve.

Star Wars: Rancor Pit

Put yourself in a dim cave with a fearsome Rancor about to attack you from the semi-darkness.

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Chillout lounge on mountain top

A luxurious lounge on a mountain top, a glowing full moon and a sea of clouds as far as the eye can see: these are the ingredients of this atmospheric custom home.

Super Mario 64: Castle of Princess Peach

This custom home puts you in the castle’s entryway, complete with coins and the original music.

Fancy fumoir

A 19th century smoker’s parlor digitized with photogrammetry. Chic, but also a bit creepy.

On eagle’s wings

You will be shrunk to the size of a mouse and will circle on the back of an eagle over a Mediterranean 3D landscape. As majestic as the flight is, this custom home is only suitable for users with a strong stomach.

The Witcher – Yennefer’s room

This custom home turns Yennefer’s room into your home environment – including bathing Geralt. The same room is also available with Yennefer instead of Geralt.

Simpsons living room

In this home environment, you’ll find yourself in the iconic Simpsons living room, with the Itchy & Scratchy theme tune blaring from the TV. If you have enough physical space, you can walk around the room and look out the window.

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With this custom home, you can move in with The Simpsons. | Image: MIXED

Matrix – Red or blue pill?

What better starting point for virtual reality than this? Morpheus and Neo are missing, but the green and blue pill are ready for you.

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Bring the famous scene from Matrix to Meta Quest. | Image: MIXED

Minecraft village

With this home environment, you’ll find yourself on the second floor of an open-built Minecraft apartment. While only the immediate surroundings are in true 3D, the custom home still makes a nice overall impression.

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This custom home is a must for Minecraft fans. | Image: MIXED

Photogrammetry Ruin

Like Fumoir, this custom home is based on a real place reconstructed by photogrammetry. The home environment puts you in a ruin decorated with graffiti. A real eye-catcher.

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This home environment looks amazingly real. | Image: MIXED

Star Trek – TNG command bridge

Become the captain of the command bridge from the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Trekkies have also been thought of. | Image: MIXED

Eerie forest hut

This great custom home is inspired by the horror classic “Dance of the Dead”. There are props from horror movies in the room and if you look out the window, you’ll see a dim forest. Beware: there are scary things going on both inside and outside.

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This home environment is not for the faint of heart. | Image: MIXED

Alien forest at night

Alien flora, majestic planets on the horizon and futuristic spaceships flying overhead: Fans of No Man’s Sky will feel right at home here.

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The best home environment for science fiction fans. | Image: MIXED

Star Wars – Imperial hangar

You’re standing on a bridge, looking down on an Empire hangar complete with stormtroopers and Darth Vader himself. The environment is unfortunately not animated. However, this custom home can be fully recommended to Star Wars fans.

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This home environment comes with an authentic Star Wars soundscape. | Image: MIXED

In the Van Gogh painting

You enter Van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night” from 1889. The scene was taken from the art app Art Plunge. Perfect for relaxing and dreaming.

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Art fans will get their money’s worth with this home environment. | Image: MIXED

Twin Peaks

And something mysterious again: this time the Black Lodge from David Lynch’s cult TV series Twin Peaks, including original music by Angelo Badalamenti.

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Goosebumps are guaranteed in this custom home. | Image: MIXED

Reef with sharks

Shark Reef is designed for divers and nature lovers: In this home environment, you’ll sit on a picturesque underwater rock and watch 3D sharks and other sea creatures circle you. Nice detail: You can see bubbles rising above your head.

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Don’t worry: these sharks don’t bite. | Image: MIXED

Mandalorian: Razor Crest with baby Yoda

As the name suggests, you find yourself in a canyon while Baby Yoda stands in front of you and greets you. In the background is the Razor Crest.

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Baby Yoda is animated: He looks up at you and greets you. | Image: MIXED

Dalí painting

This environment transports you to the painting “The permanence of memory” by Salvador Dalí.

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The “soft” clocks are 3D models. | Screenshot: MIXED.com

Mono-Rail

You find yourself in a cool steampunk monorail that travels through dense fog.

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Not shown on the picture: The monorail is moving and thus conveys a feeling of speed. | Image: MIXED

Pool in the mountains

With this environment, you become the owner of a mountain villa. You stand in a poolroom with a view of the surrounding landscape.

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Enjoy the sunset. | Image: MIXED

Installing Custom Homes on Meta Quest (2)

You can find Custom Homes on the sideloading platform Sidequest, where they have their own content category.

Please note that the home environments uploaded there have only been tested with Meta Quest 2 and that the installation requires firmware version 35 or higher (see How to check your firmware version).

How to install custom homes:

  1. Set up Sidequest on a suitable computer if you haven’t already done so. To learn how to set up Sidequest, see our Sideloading & Sidequest Guide.
  2. Browse Sidequest under the Custom Homes category and find the custom homes you want to install. If you like one of the Custom Homes from my list, click on the respective heading to be redirected to the corresponding Sidequest page.
  3. Launch Sidequest and make sure it is connected to your Meta Quest (2).
  4. Click the red box on the Sidequest page of the Custom Home of your choice. Sidequest should then download the Custom Home and install it on your VR headset. This may take a minute. Some custom homes allow you to download the home environment with or without the soundscape.
  5. In VR, navigate to Settings > Personalization > Virtual Environment and select the new Home environment.

To uninstall one or more Custom Homes, navigate to Settings > Storage and select Unknown Sources dropdown. Here you can see all installed Custom Homes and delete them individually.

Old instructions

The vast majority of Custom Homes can be installed this way without any problems. If a Custom Home causes problems, the following older instructions may help.

  1. Set up Sidequest. See our Sideloading & Sidequest Guide for how to do this.
  2. Browse the custom homes category on Sidequest and find a custom home you want to install. If you are using the desktop version of Sidequest and you like one of the custom homes from the list above, click on the title to be redirected to the corresponding Sidequest page.
  3. Launch Sidequest and make sure it is connected to your Oculus Quest.
  4. Custom Homes can only be installed by overwriting existing Standard Home environments with Custom Homes. You can replace the following default Home environments via Sidequest: Classic Home, Space Station, Cyber City, and Winter Lodge. You can replace any or all of the default home environments. Don’t worry: you can restore them later if you don’t like your Custom Home.
  5. Go to the sidequest page of the custom home you’re installing and click on the default home environment you want to replace, highlighted in red. There are two of each: one with background noise and one without background noise (“Silent”). Then click “Continue” and the Custom Home should be installed.
  6. A window will appear in your Oculus Quest asking you to reset the app. Click Close to ignore the prompt.
  7. Next, navigate to the “Virtual Environment” menu item in the settings and select the default Home environment(s) that you replaced. Now the custom home should load.
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You can overwrite four standard home environments and choose between a muted and a noisy version. | Image: MIXED

Follow these steps to get back the default home environments.

  1. In Settings, navigate to the “Virtual Environment” menu item and select the default home environment(s) that you replaced and want to restore.
  2. Select the three items and then “Uninstall”. In the next window, confirm that you want to uninstall the home environment.
  3. Now you should be able to reinstall the default home environment.