Update: the leaks were real. Facebook Connect has come and gone, and we have an official announcement for the Oculus Quest 2 all-in-one VR headset, the long-awaited sequel to the industry-changing Quest.
As it turns out, several journalists had already been sent a number of advance units for review, some even weeks ago. For some unexplained reason, Facebook-Oculus must have left VRFinal off the list. But now – only days after the Quest 2 was but an entirely plausible rumour – we know exactly what we have in store very soon. The Quest 2 will ship on October 13th and pre-orders are open now.
Here is the scoop.
For a start, (most of) the leaks were spot on. Quest 2 is a redesigned, much more comfortable sequel to the Quest and comes with two brand-new ergonomic Touch controllers with a 4x increased battery life. But, as it turns out, the Walmart leak was mistaken. The official announcement states that the Quest 2 begins at $299, “$100 less than the original Quest.” This was a worry to a lot of fans and should elicit some sighs of relief in the 'Oculus-o-sphere.'
The leaked technical specifications were also (more or less) spot on. 6GB of RAM, 50% more pixels than the original Quest (1832 x 1920 per eye) and the “state-of-the-art” Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processing platform. According to Oculus, this increase in computing power is “a multi-generational leap.” Exciting stuff!
The Quest 2 is 10% lighter, a statement which shows us that immersion is a key ambition here. Quest 2 will “support a new line of optional accessories. Designed to enhance fit and comfort, these customisable head straps and facial interface add-ons give people the flexibility to play how they want, where they want.”
So there we have it, everything you need to know about the Quest 2. Facebook-Oculus had my interest, but now they have my attention. But some questions remain unanswered. Only time will tell if the "from Facebook" - subtly hidden in the top right corner - will help or hinder this system in the future. With the recent revelations about the future of the Rift S, the stakes only continue to heighten.