Quest 2 Update: Resolution Improvement, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Oculus Move Fitness Tracking, and much more

Quest 2 Update: Resolution Improvement, 90Hz Refresh Rate, Oculus Move Fitness Tracking, and much more

In it's first huge update for the new Quest system, Facebook-Oculus have improved functionality and even added a few new features.

Released over a month ago, the Oculus Quest 2 has just received it's first big update. Adding a slew of new features and improved functionality, you may feel a tad lost. Lucky for you, we've got the details. Here's an executive summery of everything that comes with the massive new Quest & Quest 2 update:

Native 90Hz Refresh Rate Support

(Credit: Facebook-Oculus)

Facebook-Oculus have announced that they have allowed developers to ship titles with native 90Hz support. Previously, Quest software was limited to the standard 72Hz. Some of the Oculus Quest's most popular titles will soon be able to utilise the upgrade, including Beat Saber, Job Simulate and Echo VR.

The 90 Hz upgrade also applies to all system apps and menus right out the gate. The Quest 2 launched with an experimental 90Hz mode which applied only to the menus, so that won't be too much of a surprise to some.

Resolution Improvement & Reduced Latency

Facebook-Oculus have announced an image resolution improvement will come within the v23 update. Although the release notes don't tell us too much about what this means, it unfortunately seems to only apply to system menus and user interface. Here's a snippet of a statement acquired by www.roadtovr.com.

Specifically, we increased the [render resolution] for the Home environment, including all System UI. This effectively increased the resolution there, so you’ll see improved crispness/clarity.

Facebook-Oculus have also worked on reducing latency. When approached for comment, Facebook-Oculus told Road to VR:

Specifically, we increased the [render resolution] for the Home environment, including all System UI. This effectively increased the resolution there, so you’ll see improved crispness/clarity.

Oculus Move Fitness Tracking

(Credit: Facebook-Oculus)

Oculus are also adding a new fitness app across all of their headsets, known as 'Oculus Move.' The service can use technology within the Oculus controllers to track burned calories, your active time and help you set fitness goals.

It will, however, require you to put into your headset some of your personal information - including weight, height and age. I'd understand if you were cautious about handing those delicate details to Facebook, but release notes that that the information will "be stored locally on your headset and not shared with Facebook." To be honest, I can't say I'm disappointed.

Also in the update are improvements to Voice Command and a set of new "onboarding" tutorials.

How to Update

Head to your system settings in the Quest menu. Select 'About' from the Settings list, then select 'Software Update' - this will tell you both what version you're currently running and then whether or not an update is available.


Are you excited to try out the new Oculus upgrade? I'm sure that with these new technical enhancements, Quest casting - which is now way easier - will look even better.

Which games will you check out first? Let us know if you think any of them look notably different with the software enhancements on Twitter, @VRFinal.

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