Facebook has revealed the successor to the Oculus Quest, their popular standalone VR headset. The Oculus Quest 2 is more powerful, it’s more compact, it’s been tweaked ergonomically, and plenty more. The device will be shipping from 13th October, starting at $299 / £299 for the 64GB model.
That price point is a surprise, as it’s actually $100 / £100 cheaper than the original Quest. An upgrade to a 256GB model will cost $399 / £399, while there’s also a Quest 2 Elite Strap available for $49 / £49, and the strap with battery pack and carrying case for $119 / £119, both of which can enhance its comfort and portability. You might want that battery, since the headset is still only rated for 2-3 hours of play time…
The headset is now powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 with 6GB of RAM, as revealed by the leaks from Facebook earlier this week. There’s also 1832×1920 pixels per eye (a significant step up over 1440×1600 in the original), and while there’s only 72Hz support at launch, 90Hz will be coming via an update down the line.
In general, the headset has been made smaller and lighter – it’s now 503g vs 571g – and it comes with updated Oculus Touch controllers that are also a touch smaller.
All current Oculus Quest games are supported, including hits like Beat Saber, Moss and Super Hot VR. Additionally, you can use Oculus Link to play PC VR titles, getting access to Hal-Life Alyx and others at the cost of having to plug in.
As expected, the headset will require a Facebook log in before you can use it, with the social network deciding that all new devices activated from October onwards will now be indelibly linked with their systems. To all intents and purposes, Oculus has no been fully absorbed into Facebook, having once been treated as a somewhat independent subsidiary.