As per the original, the Oculus Quest 2 is an all-in-one wireless VR unit. But this time with a near-4K display, an impressive 6GB of memory, and a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor. The kicker? You can also plug it into a PC for some high-end VR gaming via Oculus Link. It's out October 14, starting at $479 AUD ($299 USD).
No doubt the PC connectivity is what excites us the most about the Quest 2, where in addition to playing titles like Phantom: Covert Ops with increased visual quality via the Rift Platform you could also connect it to SteamVR for some Half-Life: Alyx. Or, play some some Star Wars: Squadrons -- which launches in October with full VR support.
Wireless Beat Saber, Rez Infinite, and Space Channel 5 (with those two SEGA classic coming in time for launch) will offer great (and portable) VR action, but with Oculus Link (which will exit beta later this year and support 90 fps) you can use the supplied USB-C cable for PC VR gameplay.
It also looks sleek with its all-white build and an overall weight less than the original Quest.
This is great value for what has been a fairly pricey past-time. The Oculus Quest 2 64GB model will retail for $479 AUD with a more expensive 256GB model retailing for $639 AUD.
The Oculus Quest 2 will arrive with the same impressive inside-out tracking from previous models in addition to updated Oculus Touch controllers. Oculus Link/charging cables will also be included. The only real cost-cutting measure we can see is the new material head-strap. And for those wanting a more robust fit -- a Quest 2 Elite Strap will be available for an additional $79 AUD.
Pre-orders are open now.
The Oculus Quest 2 announcement arrived overnight as part of Facebook Connect, where Facebook also confirmed an updated version of the Oculus platfom coming that will incorporate Messenger. Recently, when it was announced that you'll need to use a Facebook login to access Oculus software moving forward -- a move that upset a few Oculus fans. The Messenger integration will also include a new Avatar system, and the ability to connect with Facebook in VR, so it is a lot more than a login change. Plus, there's the new fitness platform -- Oculus Move.
In terms of games, Ubisoft has announced that both Assassin’s Creed and Splinter Cell are getting VR experiences for the platform. Plus, Jurassic Park, a sequel to The Climb, and a VR remake of PC classic Myst. Yeah, Myst. Very cool.
Finally something I preordered that was successful!