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FACEBOOK OCULUS QUEST 2, THE NEXT GENERATION OF VIRTUAL REALITY

Oculus Quest changed the game for wireless VR. It delivered fresh experiences for enthusiasts and new opportunities for developers, all while introducing immersive gaming to newcomers across the globe. Today, we’re excited to announce Oculus Quest 2, the next generation of all-in-one VR. Quest 2 pushes the state of VR forward with a redesigned all-in-one form factor, new Touch controllers, and our highest-resolution display ever. Quest 2 starts at $299 USD—$100 USD less than the original Quest. Pre-orders are open now, and Quest 2 ships October 13.

New for this year is a higher density, faster screen that has 50% more pixels than its predecessor and will run up to a 90Hz refresh rate, much like 2020’s top-end smartphones. That means the picture inside the headset is appreciably sharper, crisper and smoother, matching the experience you’d get in Oculus’s PC-based Rift S headset. It looks really good and existing games from the Quest library automatically benefit from the improvements, running at a refresh rate of 72Hz initially with an increase to the full 90Hz coming soon via a software update.

Adjusting the headset is simpler now too. The head strap has two clips you slide apart to tighten while the top strap is Velcro. The lenses have three set positions to adjust the interpapillary distance (IPD), which is the distance between your eyes. Oculus says 95% of people should find a position that’s comfortable for them.

Built for Next-Generation Gaming

Quest 2 packs a suite of innovations to power the next generation of VR games and experiences. With the first Quest headset, we debuted a revolutionary all-in-one form factor powered by innovations like the Oculus Insight tracking system. With Quest 2, we’re taking things even further, starting with a multi-generational leap in processing power with the state-of-the-art Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ XR2 Platform offering higher AI capability, and 6GB of RAM. The new display features 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye—our highest resolution display yet. With 50% more pixels than the original Quest, everything from multiplayer games and productivity apps to 360° videos look better than ever.

When it comes to game controllers, comfort is crucial, but so is performance. Quest 2 comes with new Touch controllers built to offer better ergonomics—inspired by our original Touch design—with the same intuitive controls that translate gestures directly into VR for unparalleled hand presence in virtual environments. We also optimized controller tracking to make it more efficient, delivering battery life that’s up to four times longer* than Quest’s Touch controllers.

All-in-One VR for More People

From the start, we wanted Quest 2 to help more people discover what VR has to offer. That’s why we redesigned the headset to achieve a slimmer profile, cutting over 10% of the weight from the original Quest so it’s more portable and easier to wear. We also know that adjustable IPD (interpapillary distance) is an important factor when considering VR headsets. Quest 2 includes a built-in IPD adjustment mechanism with three settings, letting people adjust lens position for visual comfort.

Quest 2 will also support a new line of optional accessories. Designed to enhance fit and comfort, these customizable head straps and facial interface add-ons give people the flexibility to play how they want, where they want. For instance, the Elite Strap with Battery accessory delivers double the playtime with increased balance and ergonomics, helping those who love longer play sessions to stay immersed in their favorite games and experiences. And the Fit Pack provides swappable facial interfaces to fit wider or narrower face shapes. As we welcome more people into our community with Quest 2, we hope these accessories will help make VR more inclusive for a diverse audience.

*A decent set of stereo speakers are built into the side arms of the strap and produce immersive positional audio. If you want to be isolated you can plug a regular set of headphones or earbuds into the headphones socket on the side of the headset, but I liked being able to hear a little bit of the real world as I played.

Specifications

  • Screen: Fast-switch LCD, 1832×1920 per eye, up to 90Hz
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64 or 256GB
  • Operating system: Quest software platform
  • Connectivity: Wifi 6, 3.5mm headphones socket, USB-C with Oculus Link, stereo speakers, microphone
  • Headset dimensions: 191.5 x 102 x 142.5mm
  • Headset weight: 503g
  • Controller dimensions: 90 x 120mm
  • Controller weight: 126g (without battery)

https://www.oculus.com/blog/introducing-oculus-quest-2-the-next-generation-of-all-in-one-vr-gaming/

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