Facebook backed Oculus, known for its standalone VR headsets, has launched the second-generation Oculus Quest VR headset, Quest 2, with improvements all around.
As compared to its predecessor, the headset is more powerful and comes with better ergonomics. The best part is, it comes with a new link feature that lets it play PC VR games. Thanks to this new feature, the Oculus Quest 2 is set to replace both the original Quest and the PC-tethered Rift S.
Design and Display
As far as the aesthetics are concerned, the Quest 2 is a slimmer and lighter version of the Quest. The headset weighs 503 grams instead of 571 grams and is slightly shallower than its predecessor. Instead of a stiff rubber strap, the Quest 2 comes with a soft cloth head strap.
Moreover, unlike the original Oculus Quest, Quest 2 features a white and black construction. The same theme has been followed with the Oculus Touch motion controllers.
For those who don’t know, the headset comes with 2 displays, one for each eye that features 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye. This is 50 percent more than the 1440 x 1600 pixels offered by the original Quest. Moreover, currently, the headset provides a 90 Hz refresh rate.
The new Oculus headset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset, which works with 6GB of RAM and up to 256 GB storage. The base version still sits at 64 GB onboard memory.
The headset is equipped with four tracking cameras mounted on the front and an improved version of the Oculus Insight tracking system. The ergonomics are also better as compared to its predecessor thanks to the 10% less weight and adjustable IPD (interpupillary distance).
Even though the Quest 2 is a standalone device, with the additional Quest Link accessory, which is said to be compatible with a wide range of cables, it can work as a high-powered VR headset for PCs.
Pricing and Availability
The new headset is currently up for pre-orders at $299 for the 64 GB variant and $399 for the 256 GB variant. The shipments start on 13th October.