After shaking up the gaming industry with its Rift virtual reality (VR) headset back in 2016, Oculus has continued to produce consistently noteworthy models, the likes of which include the Go and the Quest v1. Although competitors have tried to jump on the virtual bandwagon, few have come within spitting distance of Oculus.
With the announcement of the Quest 2 all-in-one VR headset comes an overhaul in performance far surpassing that of the OG. Powered by the same Insight tracking system as its predecessor, version two retains the standalone experience, meaning you’re free from tethers and external hardware. The update brings a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform that takes the Quest’s processing power to a whole different level. As far as in-game performance, this translates to improved AI capability and 6GB of built-in RAM. But it’s the new display that headlines the experience. Boosted to 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, it features 50% more than the first-gen Quest — Oculus’s highest res display yet. And with a refresh rate of 90Hz, the Quest 2 keeps videos and gameplay lag-free. To cap things off, the included controllers have been redesigned to include optimized ergonomics and four times as much battery life. Pre-order for $300 with shipping beginning October 13th.