Ever since Facebook’s Oculus released its first VR headset in 2012, it’s been churning out new headsets intermittently. From the Rift to the Rift S to the Go to the Quest, and now the Quest 2. Though it’s yet to be officially released, you can now pre-order one from the company’s website. While some of the upgrades made to the Quest 2 are just a slight bump from the Quest, there are some very impressive updates too.
For those who don’t know the Oculus Quest VR headset line, it is a standalone VR headset that does not require a PC. All you need to get started is the VR headset and the Touch motion controllers. The Quest 2 shares most of its basic features with its predecessor. There aren’t that many additions to the new headset, but there are some impressive upgrades that make it stand out.
Display: The Oculus Quest 2 sports a screen with a resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, making it the highest resolution of a standalone VR headset screen. This is a significant boost from that of the Quest, which is at 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. The refresh rate still remains 72Hz like the Oculus Quest, but Oculus promises to upgrade it to 90Hz after launch.
Processor: The Oculus Quest 2 now makes use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset, which is significantly better than the processor in its predecessor, the Snapdragon 835. According to Qualcomm, the XR2 offers twice the performance of the 835’s CPU and GPU and provides superior video resolution support amongst other things. This enables the Oculus Quest 2 to play much better-looking games.
Memory/Storage: The Oculus Quest 2 comes with 6GB of RAM, a slight bump from the Quest’s 4GB. It also has a storage capacity of 64GB just like the Quest, but for $399 you can get a much larger 256GB version.
You’d think with these upgrades, the Oculus Quest 2 would be priced higher than its predecessor, but it’s actually a hundred dollars cheaper than the Oculus Quest, starting at $299.
Asides the improvements mentioned above, there are other aspects of the Quest 2 that has been improved on.
Comfort: The Oculus Quest is known to be quite front heavy and can get uncomfortable for the user after a prolonged session with it. Fortunately, the Quest 2 now weighs 68 grams lighter than its predecessor, making it much more comfortable to use. It also has an optional head strap that makes the headset sit more firmly and balanced on the head.
Motion Controllers: The new Touch motion controllers aren’t that different from previous generation controllers. Perhaps the most obvious difference is its color, which is now white, just like the Oculus Quest 2 headset. The more significant upgrade is an optimization to the controllers that enable it to last four times longer with the regular AA battery it uses.
Overall, the Oculus Quest 2 is a significant improvement from the Quest, and it’s probably the best of the standalone VR headsets currently out there. What’s more, it costs just $299. To get one, you can visit the Oculus website to pre-order or wait till the launch date on the 13th of October to get one.
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