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Facebook releases Oculus Quest 2

by on17 September 2020

Available October 13

Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Quest 2, including its release date and price, and it promises to be better than over the original.

The second-generation standalone, Android-powered virtual reality headset will be available on October 13 starting at $299 for a model with 64GB of storage, a full $100 below the price of the first Quest. Pre-orders are open now.

The Quest 2 is more powerful than its predecessor, thanks to its Snapdragon XR2 chip and 6GB of RAM instead of the aging Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. That should lead to more advanced games and an overall smoother VR experience, although you will need to wait for titles that take full advantage of the added power.

The Quest 2 has better visuals with a single LCD screen providing 1,832 x 1,920 resolution for each eye -- 50 percent more pixels than the 1,400 x 1,600 displays in the first Quest.

It's the highest-resolution Oculus headset to date. The Oculus Quest 2 also supports much more natural-feeling 90Hz refresh rates, although it won't be available upon release.

The Quest 2 is both smaller and ten percent lighter and has a soft head strap that should make for an easier fit. The Touch controllers are improved, too, with upgraded haptic feedback, better hand tracking, and a thumb rest.

Add-ons will help, for that matter. A Fit Pack will adapt to different-sized heads, while a $49 Elite Strap and a $129 Elite Strap with Battery Pack offer both more comfort and longer VR sessions.


Last modified on 17 September 2020
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