Quest 2 will not support Oculus Go apps.
The Oculus Quest 2 will not support the selection of Oculus Go apps that were made available for the original Quest. This has been confirmed by the CTO of Oculus, John Carmack.
There were 66 games for the Oculus Go that were made available for Quest users, you could not buy them locally but if you previously owned them you could access the apps through a tab in your Quest library.
New Quest 2 users noticed that the Oculus Go tab was missing from the library, the truth of the matter was confirmed by John Carmack on Twitter, “Support was removed on Quest 2. I totally lost the internal debate over backwards compatibility.”
The Oculus Go was discontinued in June, however last year John Carmack announced that the company planned to bring Oculus Go emulation to the Quest. Oculus Go was a for simple headset that operated in only three degrees of freedom (3DoF), that meant that the headset did not allow for the tracking of the head or hands. Games were limited to simple point and click games and movement was limited to head tilts and turns.
The full 6Dof was available on the Quest and some Go games took advantage of that. Most popular games have received upgrades for the Quest store and will stick around, but the discontinuation of the Go and the end of production for the Quest will see some classics of VR gaming be lost to history.
If users want to experience these classic VR games, they should keep their Oculus Go around, Facebook is still planning to support the headset with patches and bug fixes until 2022. The Rift 2 is also due to be dropped by Facebook in Spring 2021, soon the Quest 2 will be the only VR headset available from the company.