Today's Facebook Connect had quite a few news for VR enthusiasts, starting with the announcement of Oculus Quest 2 and discontinuation of its predecessor.
Facebook's leadership is pretty happy with how Oculus Quest has done and obviously see even more potential in standalone VR devices, i.e. the VR headsets that don't require other devices to function.
Oculus Quest headsets are slated for launch on October 13, 2020, and will launch in two flavours. The first one is a 64GB model, which will sell for $300, while the second one is a 256GB version that goes for $400.
Having launched in May 2019, the original Oculus Quest will be discontinued with the launch of Quest 2. While this may seem peculiar from a business standpoint, there's no doubt that late adopters will benefit from it - Quest's successor is better in every respect yet the low-end model is priced $100 less than its predecessor.
On the hardware side of things, Oculus Quest 2 runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform with 6GB of RAM. Its new display boasts 1832x1920 pixels per eye, which is a 50 per cent improvement over the original Quest.
Thanks to the added horsepower, Oculus Quest 2 will support 90Hz refresh rates. System applications will support 90Hz on day one, while devs will get access to it soon after launch.
Oculus Quest 2 controllers are more ergonomic and boast four times the battery life of Quest 1. The company announced support for upcoming games like Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, Myst, Jurassic World Aftermath and Warhammer 40,000 Battle Sister, whereas connecting to your PC will let you get in on the likes of Respawn's Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond.
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