The leaks were real: Oculus Quest 2 is on its way and will offer the most complete standalone VR experience yet.
It is 10% lighter than the first Oculus Quest at 503 g and with a 50% sharper LCD screen (resolution 1832 x 1920 per eye) than its OLED-based predecessor. It has an improved processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2, which enables gaming) and experiences with a smooth refresh rate of 90 Hz), more RAM (from 4 GB to 6 GB), controllers with double battery life and space for thumb rests, as well as built-in speakers and hand tracking .
Thanks to external sensors, no additional tracking stations or PC devices are required as everything is powered by the Oculus Quest 2 headset itself. Depending on the VR software used, a battery life of 2-3 hours can be expected, which is charged via USB-C.
With pre-orders opening today ahead of a wider retail release on October 1
The end of an era
However, the launch of Oculus Quest 2 also marks the end of an era for Oculus and brings with it some losses. From now on, Oculus will focus on mobile headsets like the Quest 2 with no intention of producing dedicated PC hardware for the foreseeable future.
That means the Oculus Rift S will be the last pure PC headset from Oculus for the time being – although Oculus will continue to support the hardware.
Thanks to the Oculus Link system, Oculus Quest owners of both hardware generations can leverage the more impressive experiences made for PC VR gamers. All you have to do is connect your headset to the PC using a high-speed USB 3.0 cable. However, the fear could be that with the Quest line, which is now the lowest common denominator among Oculus VR gamers, developers are starting to shy away from experiences that depend on high-end gaming PC devices, whatever the potential for improved VR titles like Asgard’s Wrath Restricts and Lonely Echo.
But that’s nothing compared to the Oculus Quest 2, which made a very impressive debut. You can read our full version on our Oculus Quest 2 review – of course we are in love with it.