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Another VR Game-Changer – Oculus Quest 2

Upon its launch in 2019, Oculus Quest quickly earned the reputation of being the first VR headset that brought in a significant difference. With its full package of content, software and hardware, it was leading the pack. Over the months, Quest improved with regular updates that included improvement of existing features and adding new ones.

After long anticipation, finally comes the Oculus Quest 2! Fans only need to wait till 13th October. Here’s a quick look at the specs:

  • RAM – 6GB
  • Processor – Snapdragon XR2
  • Resolution – 1832 x 1920 (LCD)
  • Battery – 2-3 hours
  • IPD Adjust – 58mm, 63mm, 68mm
  • Refresh Rate – 90Hz
  • Storage – 64GB/256GB
  • Weight – 503g
  • Strap – Soft (rigid available for separate purchase)

Hardware: The Oculus Quest 2 has changed the game with its decision to add the highest possible processor, the Snapdragon XR2. Apart from great power, what makes this better is its made-for-VR chip which presents additional features that support virtual reality technology. However, after its launch, the Quest 2 will only use its experimental 90Hz refresh rate in running the main menu while games continue to run at 72Hz like its predecessor. The company said that following the months of its launch, they will make 90Hz default. Both way, the processor will enhance every VR game and the higher resolution is an added boon.

Display and Lens: Among the most noticeable improvements are the resolution and framerate. Its per-eye resolution is 1832 x 1920 (3.5 megapixels) and the LCD display adds offers more sub-pixels than the original Quest’s OLED display. The lenses of Quest 2 are the same as before and got the same “god rays” problem as any other lens.

Oculus Quest 2. Image: oculus

IPD: Unlike the former, the user can physically adjust Quest 2’s IPD between three spots – 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. To use this feature, the headset needs to be removed and the lenses moved with fingers to set in the desired positions. This time, it won’t work moving the slider on the bottom of the headset.

Audio: Just like the previous Quest, it has concealed, in-built speakers for sound. However, the openings are far from being accurately aligned with the ears, which can be a downside. But, the volume and sound quality of the Quest 2’s speakers are much better than most available headsets. It is louder. Plenty of games will seamlessly fit with the gadget’s sound, however, for advanced games that involved special sound design, it may not feel as immersive as with a separate audio solution.

Design and Build: Quest 2 is nearly the same as its predecessor, but brings to the table several developments. It is comparatively smaller and lighter than the original Quest. It has a plastic finish unlike the fabric finish of the first but looks less bulbous. The port and button layout is done well. The power button and LED power indicator are set on the right, while the USB-C data and charging port is on the left where there is also a 3.5mm audio input. The volume rocker is in the bottom.

Oculus Quest 2 is an enhanced version of the original Quest. With tons of developments, it has been highly anticipated by VR lovers and is finally set to be launched!

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