Oculus has just launched the Quest 2, a new-generation standalone virtual reality headset. Sold for only $299, it is not only more powerful, it also provides a refresh rate of 90 hertz and the best screen definition on the market.
Facebook, through its subsidiary Oculus, has just launched a new player on the virtual reality market by announcing a new generation autonomous helmet at a very affordable price. The Oculus Quest 2 will be sold for almost $100 less than its predecessor. The old Snapdragon 835 from the first model is being replaced by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2. This SoC, dedicated to virtual or augmented reality helmets, improves processing by artificial intelligence and supports up to 7 cameras for motion tracking.
Oculus Quest 2 specs
The chip is backed by 6 gigabytes of RAM and 64 or 256 gigabytes of storage. On the display side, Oculus boasts a 50% increase in the number of pixels compared to the first Quest, with 1,832 x 1,920 pixels per eye. Oculus also announced a 90 hertz refresh rate for system applications at launch, with availability for developers a little later. The headset also comes with two improved joysticks, but is also capable of following with bare hands.
The Quest 2 is a stand-alone headset, which means that it works without being connected to another device. However, it is also compatible with Oculus Link, which allows you to connect it to a computer like a regular PCVR headset and enjoy games that require more power. It will therefore also replace the Quest Rift S, which Oculus has announced will no longer be available in the spring of 2021.
Oculus Quest 2 release date and price
Oculus has announced a launch date of October 13. The Quest 2 is already available for order, at a price of $299 for the 64-gigabyte model, and $399 with 256 gigabytes of storage. The company is also offering the Quest 2 Elite strap, with an integrated battery to improve the headset’s autonomy, at $129.