So, the Oculus Quest is out. It’s been out for two days now, and maybe you weren’t fanatic enough to pre-order and wanted to wait and see before you committed $300 to your new VR headset, or maybe you wanted to wait and see how it compares to your old Oculus Quest and if the upgrade is worth it.
First, we have to compare the specs between the two headsets, and see how they weigh up against one another, though TL:DR; the Quest 2 outdoes it’s predecessor in pretty much every department. But for details, read ahead.
The resolution has been increased to 1832×1920 (compared to the old 1400×1600), and the headset features LCD display as opposed to OLED. The old refresh rate of 72Hz has been boosted up to 90Hz, an updated Snapdragon XR2 has replaced the old 835, 2GB of RAM have been added, and the maximum storage has been increased to 256GB from 128GB. (Though 64GB models are available for both headsets.) Somehow, after all of those upgrades, the Oculus Quest 2 manages to be lighter than the original. A few things have been left the same too though, notably the battery life which remains between 2 and 3 hours, as well as the field of view which has remained the same. The only noticeable downside is that the Quest 2 features a ‘soft’ strap, and the superior rigid strap must be bought separately. Despite improving on most of the key features of it’s predecessor however, one would be key to note that the Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t exactly do anything different, something prospective buyers should keep in mind. Not that it’s a bad thing, but you’re not upgrading from PS4 to PS5 when you replace your original Quest with the Quest 2.
To further elaborate on that, the Quest 2 is still in the beginning of its life cycle, and there’s no must-have exclusives that have launched alongside it. Most of the great content available on it is ports from other systems, but that means you’ve got the entire Quest Library to your availability and also the option to link it up to your PC with Oculus Link and use it as a wired PC VR headset. The downside of that is that most of the games available right now were designed and optimized around the original Oculus, and don’t take full advantage of the upgraded capabilities of its successor. For example, you’ll probably struggle to find a variety of games that you’ll be able to enjoy at 90Hz.
Now, all this seems a little bit gloomy, but it was prefaced with the fact that the headset is at the beginning of its life cycle for a reason. There’s not much out that utilizes its full potential yet, and there’s no doubt that it will all come sooner rather than later, but right now the headset is just a superior and more powerful model of its predecessor. To put it simply, the Oculus Quest 2 is the definitive version of the Oculus Quest, sleeker, lighter and more stronger, but it still is a variant of the original. If that’s what you’re looking for, or this is your first VR headset, then it’s a great choice. If you’re looking for something completely new however, perhaps this isn’t where you should be looking for it.