Friday, May 17, 2024

Facebook launches more powerful and cheaper Oculus Quest 2 VR headset

Facebook has introduced a new virtual reality headset Oculus Quest 2. The second-generation Oculus Quest is distinguished by more compact dimensions, as well as updated components.

The virtual reality headset is now based on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 processor, with artificial intelligence improvements, lower power consumption, and Wi-Fi 6 support. The RAM has been increased to 6GB, and the internal storage is now 256GB. The tracking is done through Oculus Insight, which creates a 3D map of the surroundings without the need for external sensors.

The new strap provides more comfort when wearing the device.
The new strap provides more comfort when wearing the device. Credit: Facebook

Oculus Quest 2 is about 10% lighter than the original and has a slightly smaller size – weighs 503 grams compared to 571 grams for the original model. It comes equipped with a 1,832 x 1,920 pixel per eye screen and a 90 Hz refresh rate. The headset has integrated speakers and microphones and 2-3 hours of battery life.

This SoC (system on chip) has a performance twice higher both in processor and graphics; it is capable of displaying four times more pixels and more operations per second. That will give developers more leeway, who can create richer experiences, not just games with more realistic graphics.

The Quest was already surprisingly comfortable considering everything it had, but the Quest 2 has been redesigned to improve this aspect. It is a smaller device, and the chosen gray color will make it more attractive to the average user than the original black. The new strap provides more comfort when wearing the device. It is possible to adjust the IPD (interpupillary distance) by choosing one of the three options available for greater visual comfort.

The Oculus Quest 2 is a lot cheaper than the first generation, at a price of $299 for the base model with 64GB of storage. There is a hike to $399 for the more advanced model with 256GB of storage. Quest 2 pre-orders are open now in the USA; the launch will be on October 13th.