Oculus Quest 2 With Controllers HeroSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

The Oculus Quest 2 brings the latest and greatest virtual reality experience avaialable. Without any cables, it allows you immerse yourself into a wide range of virtual reality titles. The new headset features improvements across the board, making it lighter, smaller, and more powerful than the original Oculus Quest. The Oculus Quest 2 has a powerful Snapdragon XR2 processor, 6GB of RAM, and a screen with 50 percent more pixels than its predecessor. It can also be used as a headset for PCVR through Oculus Link, making it one of the best all-around VR devices avaialble.

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Oculus Quest 2

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The Oculus Quest 2 is selling just as quickly as its predecessor, so don't delay in picking yours up! Facebook has improved just about everything with the second-generation Oculus Quest, making this the VR console to get.

Oculus Quest 2

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Oculus Quest 2 PlayingSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

This guide breaks down the Oculus Quest 2 from more of a technical level. It explains what you can and can't do with the headset, what specs power it, and how it compares to previous headsets. Our Oculus Quest 2 review takes more of a hands-on approach, focusing on how all of those improvements and specs come together when you're actually using it.

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In his review, our VR guru, Nicholas Sutrich, shares what earns the Oculus Quest 2 a near-perfect rating of 4.5/5.

Oculus Quest 2 Pricing and availability

The Oculus Quest 2 started shipping on October 13, 2020. You can buy it now from several retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and from Facebook itself.

The Oculus Quest 2 starts at $299, $100 lower than the original Oculus Quest. There are two storage configurations: the base $299 model comes with 64GB of storage and there's a 256GB version priced at $399. If you need help picking the right amount of storage, make sure to check out our complete comparison of the two headsets.

The Oculus Quest is available in the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Finland
  • France
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • South Korea
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Taiwan
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Oculus Quest 2 Specs

The Oculus Quest 2 has significantly better specs than its predecessor. It runs on a Snapdragon XR2 processor, which will help power some impressive VR experiences. The Snapdragon Xr2 is three generations beyond the Snapdragon 835 that shipped with the original Oculus Quest.

Category Oculus Quest 2
Display Type RGB-stripe fast-switching LCD
Display Resolution 1832 x 1920 per eye
IPD adjustment Three distinct positions
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
Memory 6GB
Storage 64GB or 256GB
Wireless Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Ports USB Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
Audio Built-in speakers, support for headphones
Headset Battery Built-in rechargeable Li-Ion
Headset Battery Life 2-3 hours
Controllers Improved Touch Controllers
Hand tracking Yes
Controller Battery 1x AA per controller
Controller Battery Life 4x the Original Oculus Quest
Dimensions 191.5mm x 102mm x 142.5mm
Weight 503g / 1.1lbs

Facebook bumped up the Oculus Quest 2 across the board. It has 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.

The headset also has a display with around 50 percent more pixels than the original. That display has a refresh rate of 90Hz, but it's important to note that Oculus Link won't support 90Hz until Facebook ships an update in the future. Also, apps and games that run natively on the Oculus Quest 2 will run at 72Hz unless the 'experimental' 90Hz mode is enabled.

There's always a risk with modifying a device. If you're willing to do so, you can enable 90Hz on the Oculus Quest 2 for all games through ADB commands.. If you have any hesitancy or don't want to risk anything, you can rest assured as Facebook states that 90Hz mode is on the way in the future.

The Touch Controllers for the Oculus Quest 2 have improved ergonomics. The new Touch Controllers take design cues from the popular original Rift's Touch Controllers.

Oculus Quest 2 Design

Oculus Quest 2 Head Strap With Ponytail SideSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

The Oculus Quest 2 is a white headset that's smaller and lighter than the original Oculus Quest. It has white Touch Controllers that feature black accents and buttons.

The Oculus Quest 2 has a soft touch strap that should make it more comfortable to wear than the original Oculus Quest. You can also purchase an Elite Strap for the Oculus Quest 2, which reduces pressure from the front of the headset.

The Oculus Quest 2 has a physical lens adjustment system, but it is different from that of the original Oculus Quest. It has three IPD settings of 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm.

The Oculus Quest 2 has a USB-C port and works with Oculus Link. That same port can also be used for charging from a plug or a battery bank. The headset has built-in speakers on its straps and a headphone jack on its body.

Oculus Quest 2 Accessories

Facebook announced several Oculus Quest 2 accessories alongside its launch, including an official Quest 2 Elite Strap, and a Quest 2 Fit Pack that helps the headset fit on your face better. There are also partner accessories from Logitech, including both over-ear and in-ear headphones for the Oculus Quest 2.

Oculus Quest 2 Games

Oculus Quest 2 App Store GamesSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

The Oculus Quest 2 can play all games from the original Oculus Quest. That means that every game confirmed for Oculus Quest will work on the new and improved Oculus Quest 2.

Developers can make games even better by enhancing them for the Oculus Quest 2. Doing so takes advantage of the headset's improved hardware and makes games quicker and better looking. In our collection of every game for the Oculus Quest 2 and Oculus Quest, we add a mark to every title that's been Oculus Quest 2 enhanced.

The Oculus Quest 2 can also use Oculus Link, meaning you can play PCVR titles when the headset is connected to a PC with enough power to run PCVR.

Oculus Quest 2 PCVR

Oculus Quest 2 Link On PcSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

The Oculus Quest 2 can play PCVR games in a few ways. The headset works with Oculus Link, allowing you to play PCVR games on your Oculus Quest headset when you connect it with a wire to a PC that can power PCVR. You can connect the Oculus Quest 2 to a PC with a USB-C cable with the correct specs, just like you can with the original Oculus Quest.

If you prefer a wireless setup, there's an app called Virtual Desktop that allows you to stream PCVR games to your Oculus Quest 2. To get the best experience with this setup, you'll need a Wi-Fi 6 network and to follow the steps outlined in our complete guide.

In fact, Oculus Link has more of an emphasis on the Oculus Quest 2 than on the original Oculus Quest. Because Facebook is ending the Rift line of VR headsets, the Oculus Quest 2 with Oculus Link support will be the way to play PCVR games on Oculus hardware going forward.

Oculus Quest 2 Backward compatibility

Oculus Quest 2 Vs 1Source: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

Yes, the Oculus Quest 2 is backward compatible with Oculus Quest games. Facebook confirms that all games for the original Oculus Quest will work on the Oculus Quest 2. Many of the games will look better on the Oculus Quest 2 than on its predecessor, but at least for now the two devices share a game library.

Unfortunately, the Oculus Quest 2 is not backwards compatible with Oculus Go games. There are several dozen Oculus Go games that work on the original Oculus Quest, but they will not work on the Oculus Quest 2.

Oculus Quest 2 Controllers

Oculus Quest 2 Vs Quest Controllers 12 ButtonsSource: Nick Sutrich / Android Central

The Oculus Quest 2 has improved Touch Controllers. The new Touch Controllers feature better ergonomics than those of the original Oculus Quest. They take design inspiration from the original Oculus Rift Touch Controllers.

In addition to feeling better in hand, the new Touch Controllers have some handy changes. They get better battery life, have enhanced haptic feedback, and a redesigned battery compartment when compared to the Touch Controllers of the original Oculus Quest. The new Touch Controllers also have a dedicated thumb rest.

We cover what's new with the Oculus Quest 2 controllers in more detail in our full breakdown. The long and short of it is that Facebook took lessons from all of its previous controllers and tried to bring them all to the new Oculus Quest Touch Controllers.

Oculus Quest 2 Keep it out of the sun

Oculus Quest 2 Lens Sunlight WarningSource: Android Central

You should not use the Oculus Quest 2 outside. Sunlight can and will easily damage the headset's display. The Oculus Quest has lenses that allow you to immerse yourself into VR, which is great, but they also act as magnifying glasses for sunlight. If sunlight hits the lenses on the Oculus Quest 2, it can burn the display inside the headset.

In addition to sunlight being harmful to the Oculus Quest 2, moisture in the air can also damage the headset.

Apart from all of the safety-related reasons to keep your Oculus Quest 2 inside, the headset also might not work that well if you do take it outside. If sunlight is too bright, the cameras on the outside of the device can have a hard time tracking Touch Controllers.

An exciting time for VR

Oculus Quest 2 Leak With ControllersSource: Facebook

The Oculus Quest has moved VR forward during its run. The original Oculus Quest brought standalone VR to new levels and also improved significantly over time thanks to new features and software updates.

The Oculus Quest 2 continues that journey with improved internals, a refined design, and a fresh new color. Facebook bumped up the internals, reduced the headset's size, and improved things across the board when compared to the original.

Whether you are coming from the original Oculus Quest or considering jumping into VR, the Oculus Quest 2 is a good bargain. With a starting price of $299, it's one of the most affordable ways to get into VR.

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Oculus Quest 2

Grab one while it's hot!

The Oculus Quest 2 is selling just as quickly as its predecessor, so don't delay in picking yours up! Facebook has improved just about everything with the second-generation Oculus Quest, making this the VR console to get.

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