The Oculus Quest 2 adds 90Hz and the latest Snapdragon chipset
With last year’s Quests, Oculus broke the rules manual for how VR headsets should work.
Its Rift line was always based on the power of a PC, but the company realized that it could offer a similar experience using only on-board technology.
It was a bold move, but one worth it: The Quests earned a rare five-star rating from us, feeling like the future of VR.
Now the Facebook company is back with the Quest 2, with a number of key enhancements that make it a compelling successor.
The most important is a screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz, higher than the 60 Hz of the original. As with smartphones, this allows games to run much smoother and lag-free than before.
The resolution has also been increased to 2K for each eye, offering 50% more pixels than the first generation Quest.
The Quest 2 has also increased 6GB of RAM (up from 4GB) and comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon XR2 platform, considered the best virtual reality chipset on the market. In addition to enhancing playability, it is intended to expand the experiences possible when using headphones.
Despite all the new technology it contains, the Quest 2 is 10% lighter than its predecessors. The goal is to make the headphones more portable, and the new soft material straps help them fold into a more compact package for travel.
There have also been several controller improvements, which are now a combination of what we’ve seen with the original Rift and Quest. They include increased thumb rest, improved haptic feedback, and 4x longer battery life than last year’s model.
Regular VR gamers will know the importance of interpupillary distance, or IPD as it is better known. It refers to the distance between the center of the pupils, and it is crucial to get it right to avoid eye strain or headaches. The Quest 2 makes adjusting this easier than ever, simplifying it to three basic settings.
You can also notice the difference in appearance. The second mission has been changed to a white color scheme, which Oculus says will be more appealing to a wider audience. Unfortunately, there are no other color options available at launch.
Speaking of launch, pre-purchases for the Quest 2 begin immediately, with the headphones shipping starting October 13. Mission 2’s entire library of 200 titles will make its way to Mission 2, with upcoming Start Wars and Mist games designed specifically for the mission. There are also a range of fitness-focused apps, including Supernatural and BoxVR.
The initial price of the original Quest 399 made dedicated VR hardware much more affordable, and incredibly the price of the Quest 2 has dropped another 100 euros.
For 299 you get 64GB of storage, while the new 256GB option is 399. By comparison, the original high-end Quest cost 499 and offered only half the storage.