Oculus Quest 2: Does it support 3D Audio?

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Best answer: Yes, the Oculus Quest 2 supports 3D audio. With this feature, your gaming experiences should be incredibly immersive.

Spatial sound for your entire space on the Oculus Quest 2

One of the heralds of modern VR is the advent of room-scale tracking, and no headset does that as well as the Oculus Quest family. That's because the Quest family is completely wire-free and doesn't need to be hooked up to a PC or anything else to deliver stunning VR gaming. The Oculus Quest 2 enhances an already immersive and amazing VR experience by packing in a new 3D audio chipset found inside the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 that powers it.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 that powers the Oculus Quest 2 is designed for 3D spatial audio, which makes perfect sense in VR. Given that virtual reality is designed to immerse players into virtual worlds that feel real, it makes sense for the Oculus Quest 2 to push the envelope of 3D sound technology to make worlds sound as real as they look.

Speakers, headphones, or both on the Oculus Quest 2?

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The Oculus Quest 2 features speakers built into a dedicated strip on the headset's side, making it effortless to play games without having to plug in a pair of headphones. These speakers are designed to be closer to the player's ears and deliver much higher-quality sound than the original Oculus Quest's speakers. They're also louder, helping to drown out background noise if you don't want to use headphones.

Just like the original Oculus Quest, players can plug a pair of wired headphones into the Oculus Quest 2 using the 3.5mm audio jack on the left side of the headset. 3D audio is supported both through the built-in speakers and with compatible headphones.

3D audio is seen to be a big new feature in next-generation consoles like the PS5. It makes sense, then, for Oculus to focus on that tech, given that VR is even more immersive than what can be played on a TV or other flat screen. This, paired with the significant improvements to performance and the higher-resolution display, should make the Oculus Quest 2 the most immersive VR headset yet.

Nicholas Sutrich
Senior Content Producer — Smartphones & VR
Nick started with DOS and NES and uses those fond memories of floppy disks and cartridges to fuel his opinions on modern tech. Whether it's VR, smart home gadgets, or something else that beeps and boops, he's been writing about it since 2011. Reach him on Twitter or Instagram @Gwanatu