Slightly disappointing news for those of you who invested your money in a brand new Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset: unlike the original Quest, the second-generation model doesn’t support games from the Oculus Go.
While the news isn’t entirely unexpected and doesn’t detract too much from what is otherwise premium hardware, it’s a shame the Oculus Go games and apps now seem to have carried over to VR history.
Confirmation about the lack of backward compatibility came from Oculus Consulting CTO John Carmack, who said on Twitter that he “lost the internal debate” over whether or not to play titles from the older headset.
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For the uninitiated, the Oculus Go went on sale in 2018, the first standalone VR headset – no cell phone or computer required – that Facebook-owned Oculus launched. It was followed by the more powerful Oculus Quest in 2019.
Go against Quest
The end of the road for the Oculus Go is fast approaching: it’s no longer for sale, and Oculus won’t be adding or updating games and apps after the end of this year (so load it with software now, if you still have one).
Bug fixes and security patches will be delivered in 2022, so the headset will be safe and usable for at least a few years. It will not suddenly turn into a non-functioning stone that cannot do anything.
One of the biggest advantages of the Quest models over the Go is, of course, that they track your movement through space – they know when you’re walking around and crouching, not just when you’re moving your head back and forth.
That opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for VR developers, so the writing was always on the wall for the first generation of games and apps. Still, it is unfortunate that the internal debate over these older titles resulted in their being shut out.
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