The original Oculus Quest, which could never seem to stay in stock, made a name for itself by being a completely wireless VR experience. The best part was it didn’t lack any of the technical areas. The Oculus Quest 2 builds upon all of that, and it’s selling for only $299!
That is a whole $100 cheaper than its predecessor.
From screen resolution to improved controllers, there’s a lot packed into this device. Even though it was leaked just two days before, there’s still a lot that should excite you.
Here’s why you should watch the Oculus Quest 2…well, too.
Controllers, RAM, Pixels, Oh My!
The Oculus Quest 2 is a surprisingly larger upgrade than many people were expecting. Immediately, customers will notice how small and light it is compared to the original. The Oculus Quest 2 also includes a new head band to make wearing it more comfortable than ever before. The controllers will also have better ergonomics for more accurate gameplay. There is even a feature that uses the front-facing cameras to track your hands so you can ditch the controller.
How cool is that?
However, being wireless eliminates all the Steam VR games, right? No need to fear. Despite the headset being completely wireless, you can purchase a cord–Oculus Link–that connects to your PC. With this in use, you can still play PC-powered games as you would on the Rift. It’s the best of both worlds.
Now, what’s under the hood?
The most noticeable feature is a massive upgrade in screen resolution. It includes a 50% bump in pixel density for an almost 4K display. It also comes with 6 GB of RAM, compared to the 4 GB of the original. There are also storage options of 64 and 256 GB that comes with sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor.
Besides having the coolest processor name ever, it is a significant upgrade over the previous model. The best part is we won’t have to wait long at all. Pre-orders are open today with it set to launch on October 13.
A Whole New Way to Work From Home
A large portion of the event centered around how VR and augmented reality, AR for short, could change the way people work. Even Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting meetings in VR where employees’ avatars meet in a virtual room. This creates a more natural communication environment that our brains are more accustomed to than the flat, blocky environment of Zoom.
This is very important for mental health and productivity in the workplace, especially during the days of COVID when most people are working from, and staying in their homes.
It doesn’t end at virtual meetings though. They talked about ways to create personal, virtual workspaces with as much space as you need. They also want to allow you to use augmented reality to expand your own workspace by giving you many more screens from which to work.
With a price as low as $300 (lower than most headsets) this could become a device that businesses can realistically implement into the way they work, and possibly even improve themselves because of it.
What’s the Outlook on Games?
A handful of new games were announced, but the price and release date of them are still unknown.
Among the most notable is “Jurassic World Aftermath“, a cartoon-styled survival horror game in the vein of “Alien: Isolation”. We also got a look at “The Climb 2“, as well as “Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge“.
You will have access to all of the games on the Oculus store to be played wirelessly, as well as PC-powered VR games through Oculus Link.
It can be said without a doubt that the Oculus Quest 2 is a major step up from the previous model, and massive leap in all-in-one VR systems. The screen resolution and power alone make this one of the best systems you can get on the market, but with a price point of $299, it’s a no-brainer.
The Oculus Quest 2 is available in twenty-two countries starting October 13.