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Oculus Quest 2 now shipping to customers with big upgrades to processing power for better VR gaming

The Oculus Quest 2 has started shipping to customers. (Image: Oculus)
The Oculus Quest 2 has started shipping to customers. (Image: Oculus)
The Oculus Quest 2 is now shipping to customers and starts from US$299. The second-generation standalone VR headset features several improvements on the original including a much more powerful Qualcomm SoC.
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Fans of VR gaming have been eagerly awaiting the availability of the Oculus Quest 2 since it first leaked a couple of months back. The good news is the Quest 2 has now started shipping to customers with prices starting at US$299 for the entry-level 64 GB model rising to US$399 for the 256 GB model. Both represent a US$100 price reduction over the first-generation model despite gaining upgrades across most key areas.

Like the original, the Oculus Quest 2 is a standalone headset that uses an optimized smartphone SoC from Qualcomm to power VR gaming and other immersive experiences without the need to be connected to a PC. Also like the original Quest, the Quest 2 can also work with PC gaming rigs over a USB-C cord for a full-blown VR experience. The biggest upgrade is to the processor which goes from a Snapdragon 835-based chip to a Qualcomm XR2 chip that is based on the Snapdragon 855. Also getting a boost is RAM, which is now 6 GB.

In something of a minor downgrade, Oculus has switched out the OLED panels in the OG model for a single LCD panel in the new model. In return, however, resolution is bumped up to nearly 2K per eye for a nearly 4K fidelity. Oculus has also tweaked other areas of the design to improve fit and comfort, while revising the location of cameras to more easily track a user’s hands. Probably the biggest drawback of the new Oculus Quest 2 is that the Facebook-owned company is now requiring users to log in to their Facebook account to use the headset. Otherwise, it has been warmly received in early reviews.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1254 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-10-14 (Update: 2020-10-14)