Oculus Quest 2: Price and availability
The Oculus Quest 2 is finally here, and it’s a powerful device that aims to bring gaming into the modern era. In fact, it’s one of the most powerful mobile devices ever built. We’ve been testing it for a while, and found it to be pretty impressive.
There’s no denying that the original Meta Quest was a great handheld console, but it wasn’t exactly cheap. Thankfully, the sequel isn’t too far behind.
As mentioned above, the Meta Quest 2 costs $400 (£399) in the US and £400 in the UK. If you want the 64GB version, it’ll cost you $500 (£499). However, there’s a big difference between the two versions.
For starters, the 128GB model is twice as expensive. We don’t know why, but it could be due to the extra storage space required. Either way, it’s worth spending a little extra money to get the bigger capacity.
If you’re looking to save some cash, the 32GB model is just $350 (£349), although it’s missing out on features like NFC and Bluetooth LE. There’s also no microSD card slot either, so you’ll need to use a USB Type-C cable to connect the phone to your PC.
However, the biggest difference is that the 128GB model includes a wireless charging pad. This makes the whole thing even easier to use, especially if you have kids around.
You’ll find the same design as the previous generation, including a 5in screen, dual speakers, and a headphone jack. Like the previous model, it uses Nvidia Tegra X1 SoC, with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory.
Oculus Quest 2: Upgrades and changes
Since we first published our Oculus Quest 2 review a handful of thing have changed with the virtual reality headset. Facebook has now created a parental company called Meta, which had the Oculus brand integrated into the name, meaning the headset is now known as the Meta Quest. Fortunately, Meta has removed the requirement of having a Facebook account to use the device.
The Quest 2 has received a number of software upgrades that have unlocked more features, including the ability to superimposing objects from the real world onto virtual environments. There are also some minor hardware improvements such as a faster refresh rate, better battery life, and support for Apple’s wireless keyboard.
And an update to the Quest 2 brings multitasking front and center. Users can now share links within VR apps, and even view the same link across multiple headsets. This makes sense given that many people already spend hours inside virtual worlds like Minecraft and Second Life.
Oculus Quest 2: Design
The Meta Quest 2 is designed to make VR accessible to everyone. It’s meant to be worn for long periods of time without getting uncomfortable, and it doesn’t weigh much at all. Its frame is made out of plastic, and while some might think that sounds like a negative, it actually works in favor of comfort.
Normally bulky goggles are replaced with lightweight headsets that’re no heavier than their predecessors. This headset weighs about 0.5 pounds, making it much easier to wear for extended periods of time.
A simple strap and four cameras on the headset give it an elegant look that’s both functional and stylish. It looks good just sitting on a desk and mounted on ones’ head, too.
And a light gray color also adds to the headset’s simplicity.
You’ll find a power button and volume rocker on the front of the headset, along with a USB-C port for charging and audio. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom for wired headphones.
Oculus Quest 2: specs
The Meta Quest 2 is a virtual reality headset powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset. It features dual OLED displays with a total resolution of 1832×1920 pixels per eye. There are also six degrees of freedom tracking sensors built into the headset. It runs on Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The headset includes a pair of high-resolution lenses designed to provide a clear view of the world around you. It supports both positional audio and spatial sound. You’ll find stereo speakers inside the device that produce 360-degree surround sound.
You’ll also find a comfortable headband design and a microUSB port for charging. The headset weighs about 1 pound.
Oculus Quest 2: Getting set up
The second version of the Oculus Quest 2 headset is here.
Like the original Quest, the new device is built around a single, powerful computer housed inside the front of the headset itself. You plug it directly into your PC and use the included software to connect to the headset over USB-C.
Unlike the original Quest, however, the new headset does away with the need for external tracking devices like the Oculus Link or HTC Vive Tracker. Instead, it relies entirely on the built-in camera systems to determine where you are in relation to your virtual environment.
You don’t even need to set up a dedicated playspace. Just place your hands down near the center of your desk, and the headset will detect your position relative to the rest of your physical world. From there, you can simply draw a box around yourself in the middle of your workspace, and the headset will adjust accordingly.
If you do want to add some extra detail to your Guardian boundary, you can easily do so with the included pen tool. Once you’ve drawn the lines, the headset will recognize them and adjust itself accordingly.
In fact, creating your Guardian boundary is as easy as drawing a rectangle in your real life home office. All you really need to worry about is making sure you don’t accidentally touch anything while you’re doing it.
Once you’ve got things set up, you can start playing games immediately. In Passthrough mode, you won’t notice any difference in how the game works compared to a traditional mouse-and-keyboard setup. But in Passthrough+ mode, you’ll find that objects in the virtual environment actually move closer to you as you approach. This makes it easier to interact with them without having to physically reach out and grab them.
Oculus Quest 2: Controllers and hand tracking
The Oculus Rift headset has been around since 2016, but it wasn’t until 2018 that we got our hands on the first standalone VR headsets — namely the Oculus Go and Lenovo Mirage Solo. Both devices offer a much lower price tag than the original Rift ($399), but you’re still missing out on some key hardware. For example, both devices lack positional tracking for room-scale virtual reality gaming.
Enter Oculus Quest 2, the follow up to the original $400 Oculus Quest 2 headset. Like the previous model, the second iteration uses a set of wireless sensors to track your movements inside a VR environment. But unlike the first generation, the new headset features a design overhaul that includes updated controllers.
We’ve spent hours testing the device to see how well it performs, and now that we’ve put it through its paces, let’s take a look at what makes it special.
We spent hours testing the device and came up with a few observations about the experience. Read on to learn why it might be worth buying one.
We spent four hours testing the device and learned a lot about what makes it tick.
Oculus Quest 2: Performance
The Oculus Quest 2 is now officially available for preorder, priced at $399.99. While it’s still too early to tell how well the device performs, there are some noticeable improvements over the previous version. The upgraded processor allows for faster loading times and better graphics. If you’re looking for something affordable, this might be the way to go.