The leaks were real: Oculus Quest 2 is on the way and will provide the most complete standalone VR experience to date.
10% lighter than the first Oculus Quest at 503g and with a 50% sharper LCD screen (1832 x 1920 resolution per eye) than its OLED-based predecessor, and comes with an upgraded processor (the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which supports games and experiences to run with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate), more RAM (from 4GB to 6GB), controllers with twice the battery life and room for thumb rests, and built-in speakers and handheld tracking.
Again, thanks to external sensors, there is no need for additional tracking stations or PC equipment, everything is powered by the Oculus Quest 2 headset itself. Count on a battery life of 2-3 hours, charged via USB-C, depending on the VR software you use.
With pre-orders opening today for a wider retail release on October 13, it will come in two size variants, a 64 GB option for $ 299 / £ 299 and a 256 GB version for $ 399 / $ 399 making it significantly cheaper is then the first model.
The end of an era
But the launch of Oculus Quest 2 also marks the end of an era for Oculus and brings some casualties. From now on, Oculus will focus on mobile-focused headsets like the Quest 2, with no intention of making dedicated PC hardware in the near future.
That means last year’s Oculus Rift S will be Oculus’s last PC headset for now, although Oculus will continue to support the hardware.
Fortunately, Oculus Quest owners of both generations of hardware can still take advantage of the more impressive experiences being built for PC VR gamers thanks to the Oculus Link system. It’s just a matter of connecting your headset to the PC via a super fast USB 3.0 cable. But fears may be that, with the Quest line now the lowest common denominator among Oculus VR gamers, developers may be starting to shy away from creating experiences that rely on high-end gaming PC gear, making it potential for enhanced VR titles such as Asgard’s Wrath is being limited. and Lone Echo.
But that is not small against the Oculus Quest 2, which has made a very impressive debut. You can read our full opinion in our Oculus Quest 2 review – needless to say, we’re in love with it.