With the New Oculus Quest 2, Facebook introduced one of the most advanced all in one VR headset in the world, because compared to its predecessor, not only does the resolution of the 90 Hz displays increase enormously, the performance also makes a quantum leap.
After a leak a few days ago already revealed a lot of information about the technology of the Oculus Quest 2 specs, the VR headset has now been officially introduced. One of the most important upgrades can be found inside: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 is specifically designed for virtual reality applications, as compared to the Snapdragon 835, which was used in the predecessor, the processor, and graphics performance, the video bandwidth has been doubled, quadrupled, the AI performance is even eleven times faster.
The second massive upgrade can be found in the displays. These are now 90 Hz instead of just 72 Hz, and the resolution has risen to a remarkable 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye – Facebook promises that with around 50 percent more pixels, all content will look better than ever before, from games to productivity apps to 360-degree videos.
The Oculus Touch controllers have also been redesigned to make gaming more comfortable and to enable more precise tracking, the battery life should be four times longer than its predecessor. The Quest VR headset itself should also be more comfortable to wear – the weight has been reduced by 10 percent, and an optionally available “Elite Strap” with an integrated battery is supposed to increase wearing comfort and double the battery life.
In addition to the titles that run directly on the Oculus Quest, the headset can also be connected to a computer via Oculus Link to play titles developed for the Oculus Rift. In the future, Facebook wants to concentrate exclusively on all-in-one VR headsets – sales of the Oculus Rift S ($399 on Amazon) are to be discontinued next year, a successor is not planned.
Oculus Quest 2 Price and availability
The new Oculus Quest 2 will be available from October 13th at prices starting at $299 on Amazon.com and Bhphotovideo.com websites. For this you get the model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of flash memory, the upgrade to 256GB of memory costs $100 more. The Elite Strap costs $49, the version with an additional battery costs $129.