Facebook inadvertently released vital information about its next VR headset, the Oculus Quest 2, before it is expected at the Facebook Connect conference later this week.
As explained in videos that were briefly posted on Facebook’s Blueprint e-learning platform (and have since been archived on YouTube), the Oculus Quest 2 is portrayed as a specification extension of the existing Quest rather than an entirely new generation split. The standalone headset, which doesn’t require any external sensors or processing hardware, plays all of the original Quest games, according to the video. The Quest 2 can also display VR games running on a Windows PC through Oculus Link, just like the original headset.
The Quest 2 has a SnapDragon XR2 processor, according to the videos, a major upgrade from the Snapdragon 835 that was adapted for the Quest of cell phones. According to Chipmaker Qualcomm, the XR2 can offer twice the CPU and GPU performance, four times the pixel throughput and eleven times the performance AI operations per second compared to the 835.
According to the video, this additional power partially flows into an “almost 4K display” on the Quest 2 with a resolution of almost 2K per eye. This corresponds to an increase in the number of raw pixels by almost 50 percent compared to the original Quest. This makes it “the headset with the highest resolution that we have ever made”.
The new headset also has an upgrade to 6 GB of RAM (from 4 GB in the original) and comes in configurations with up to 256 GB of storage. The head strap has been redesigned as a “new soft-touch strap” while the Oculus Touch controllers have been “updated with new ergonomics” according to the videos.
While the Facebook leak didn’t set a price, Walmart listed a headset named “Oculus Point Reyes” for the 256GB storage option earlier this month for $ 399.
Facebook recently announced that users will soon need a Facebook account for all VR headsets. Facebook recently stopped selling the Quest in Germany due to potential legal and data protection concerns resulting from this move by German regulators.