Facebook releases Oculus Quest 2 next month for 349 euros

Facebook will release the Oculus Quest 2 on October 13 for $349. Other details of the standalone VR glasses came out earlier this week. The VR headset runs on a Qualcomm XR2 soc that Facebook and the chip designer created together.

Facebook director Mark Zuckerberg announced the Quest 2 in a presentation on Facebook. Instead of two OLED screens, the Quest 2 has a single LCD of 1832×1920 pixels per eye with a refresh rate of 90Hz. Upon release, the refresh rate will have a software limit of 72Hz.

The soc is a Qualcomm XR2, which Facebook and Qualcomm have developed together and which should be twice as powerful as the Snapdragon 835 from the first Quest. Exact details about the SOC are not yet available

The headset is 10 percent lighter and slightly smaller compared to its predecessor, Facebook says. According to Facebook, the Oculus Quest 2 is more comfortable to wear thanks to its lower weight and the strap to secure the headset is now made of soft material. The exact weight and dimensions are not yet known. According to the manufacturer, the controllers have also been improved. The new ones would have better ergonomics

Net the original Quest, the Quest 2 is a standalone VR headset, which works wirelessly without a PC. All games and programs created for the first version also work on the new model. It is also possible to connect the Quest 2 to a PC via a USB cable. Then PC games can be played in VR. A Facebook account is required to use the Oculus Quest 2. Oculus recently announced that this applies to all of the company’s new headsets. The Quest 2 will be released in the Netherlands on 13 October for 349 euros.