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- Facebook has unveiled Oculus Quest 2, its next-generation standalone VR headset.
- It offers a much faster chip, a sharper display, new controllers and a more comfortable design.
- The Quest 2 will ship on October 13 for a lower price of $ 299.
The leaks were everywhere: Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Quest 2, including its release date and price, and it promises to be a big leap from the original. The second-generation, Android-powered, standalone virtual reality headset will be available on October 13 starting at $ 299 for a model with 64GB of storage, which is $ 100 less than the price of the first Quest. Pre-orders are open now.
The Oculus Quest 2 is much more powerful than its predecessor, with a Snapdragon XR2 chip and 6GB of RAM instead of the aging Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. This should lead to more advanced games and a smoother VR experience, although you’ll have to wait for titles that take full advantage of the extra power.
You might notice the improved display technology right away. The Quest 2 has the company’s sharpest visuals to date, with a single LCD screen delivering a resolution of 1,832 x 1,920 for each eye – 50% more pixels than the 1,400 x 1,600 displays on the first Quest. It’s the highest resolution Oculus headset yet. The Oculus Quest 2 also supports much more natural 90Hz refresh rates, although it was not available when it was released. You will have to settle for 72 Hz first.
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It could also be the most comfortable. The Quest 2 is both smaller and 10% lighter than before, with a soft shoulder strap that should make it easier to fit. Touch controllers are also improved, with improved haptic feedback, better hand tracking, and a thumb rest. Add-ons will help, by the way. A Fit Pack will accommodate heads of different sizes, while a $ 49 Elite strap and $ 129 Elite strap with battery provide both more comfort and longer VR sessions.
Applications will also play a key role. Oculus Link, which lets you use the Quest as a PC VR headset, will be released in beta this fall. Oculus Move is a fitness tracker that will count calories and otherwise measure activity when it arrives later in the year. Facebook Messenger is also coming to VR. And if you want more top-notch VR games, Ubisoft is working on Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell hardware for Oculus.
The Oculus Quest 2 is arguably the most important VR headset of 2020, offering significant upgrades at a price that makes it much more accessible. However, it is also crucial to the fate of Facebook’s virtual reality efforts. The social network revealed that it will stop selling the Oculus Rift S in the spring of 2021 – this could be Facebook’s main (or only) way to play VR anytime soon.
Source: Android Authority