Oculus Quest 2

Oculus tinkered with standalone virtual reality with its Go headset, but it wasn’t until the Quest that the company really nailed an immersive VR experience without any cables. The Oculus Quest 2 follows its predecessor, but sporting a more powerful processor, a sharper screen, and a lighter design. It does all of this for just $300, a full $100 less than the original Quest and significantly lower than competitors like the $700 HTC Vive Cosmos. Add optional PC tethering with an accessory cable, and you have a full VR system at the best price in class.

Design

The Quest 2 is smaller and lighter than the original, weighing 17.7 ounces and measuring 4.0 by 7.5 by 5.6 inches (HWD). The side of the headset holds a USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack, while the other side has a power button and an indicator LED. A volume toggle can be found on the underside of the headset, with two pinhole microphones. The eye mask pulls out for adjusting the position of the lenses, or to insert the included eyeglasses separator that lifts the headset just a bit to make room for your glasses.

The headband has a three-point strap on plastic arms that can pivot up and down to achieve a comfortable fit.

Controls

The two motion controllers included with the Quest 2 have been upgraded a bit. They’re still rounded handles with rings on top, overall feel is still similar to Quest 1. The circular control surface, right under the thumb, is larger and with a comfortable thumb rest.

The new design gives the controllers a sturdier feel and better grasp. Mostly it’s just a few tweaks but overall it’s an improvement.

The headset also supports hand tracking which uses the cameras to follow your hands directions, twists and movements. You can move your hands in front of the headset to control the system pointer. Quick thumb and index pinch is a click, pinch & hold is a click and drag.

The hand tracking works well but isn’t a replacement for the controllers. While you can use your hands to navigate the Quest 2’s menu system, you’re prompted to use the controllers on many apps.

Hardware

Oculus comes with an upgraded Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 to the Snapdragon 865-derived Snapdragon XR2. The new processor gives a boost in performance over the original Quest and sports an additional 2G of RAM.

The display wasn’t ignred, it’s been upgraded as well. The headset now has a 1920×1832 picture to each eye at 90hz, up from 1600×1440.

Battery life is still dismal as is the case with most untethered headsets. 2+ hours of playtime with the standard set, 4 hours with the additional batter (not included).

The Quest 2 uses the same menu and app store as it’s predecessor. A nice selection of entertaining software is in the store.

If you don’t find the apps and games you want in the store you still have the Steam VR store but will have to use the USB-C tether connected to a PC (Tether & pc not included :).

If you’re a hardcore gamer it’s recommended to pickup the tether or a knockoff because the more advanced games like Half-Life will require it for the fully immersive experience.

Performance

The Quest 2 uses the same Guardian system as Quest 1 to protect you from stepping into your furniture or walls.

The head tracking is still very accurate, the headset’s four cameras constantly tracking your positionand its internal sensors track orientation. The same cameras track the controllers which have internal sensors for motion tracking as well.

The upgraded display resolution makes a huge difference, with everything looking sharper than the original Quest. The experience is more immersive all around.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Oculus Quest 2 is a large upgrade from Quest 1 on almost everything and gets top marks across the board plus the title of best VR for the money.

Oculus Quest 2 Specs

TypeStandalone
Resolution1,832 by 1,920 (per eye)
Refresh Rate72 Hz
Motion Detection6DOF
ControlsOculus Touch
Hardware PlatformStandalone
Software PlatformOculus

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