Oculus Quest 2 Review, Price, Specification

The Oculus Quest 2 is the best VR headset that Oculus has made so far. Lightweight, comfortable, and powerful enough to run impressively detailed virtual reality experiences. And, depending on your perspective on raw power versus portability and comfort, it might just be the best VR headset ever, too.

Not long ago, if you wanted to enjoy virtual reality (VR), you needed an expensive helmet and an even more expensive PC. The Oculus Quest changed that by combining everything into a headset that downloaded games over Wi-Fi and ran them on a smartphone-type processor.

Oculus Quest 2 Review

The Quest 2 does the same thing, but better. It looks nicer, weighs less, is faster and has a higher resolution. The two redesigned controllers each take an AA battery that lasts weeks, and the 90Hz screen makes everything look even more real.

Built-in head tracking works without external sensors, and the device warns you if you step out of the play area you’ve defined. You can adjust for the distance between your eyes (IPL)) and use a spacer to accommodate glasses – if they’re not too big.

We tried some of the hundreds of games available when testing the Quest 2. but it also supports YouTubeVR. so you can view all kinds of virtual tours. If you have a gaming PC. You can also play Steam games via Oculus Link. 

The basic Quest 2 costs $100 less than the original and comes with 64GB of storage. That may be enough, but there’s also a 256GB version for $100 more. We had trouble getting a comfortable fit using the new fabric head strap, but you can replace this with a solid Elite Strap for $49, or $119 with a carrying case and battery pack.

The latter extends the Quest 2’s two to three-hour battery life. You probably won’t want to use VR for longer than that, but it can be limiting when taking turns. The casting feature, which streams your view to a TV for others to see. is still in beta and didn’t work for us.

Be aware that you need a Facebook account to use the Quest 2. The courts may end up ruling this unlawful, but if you have to set up or link to an account to play, check your privacy settings.

Price and availability

Oculus Quest 2 comes in two variants: a model with 64GB of storage, priced at £299 / $299 / AU$479, and a 256GB version for £399 / $399 / AU$639. Pre-orders are open now through the Oculus website, with general retail availability opening up on October 13, 2020.

That’s a significant saving over the price that the original entry-level Oculus Quest model opened sales at. It’s not cheap, but considering it’s a contained experience that doesn’t require a PC, console or even an additional screen in order to work with it, it represents great value.

Oculus Quest 2 vs. Oculus Quest

DeviceOculus Quest 2Oculus QuestValve IndexHTC Vive CosmosHP Reverb G2
Starting Price$299$399$999$699$599
Pixels per eye1832 x 19201440 x 16001440 x 16001440 x 17002160 x 2160
Screen refresh rate72Hz at launch, 90Hz to come72Hz80Hz to 144Hz90Hz90Hz
Weight503 grams571 grams809 grams645 grams550 grams
TrackingInternal camerasInternal camerasExternal SteamVR towersInternal cameras (SteamVR with upgrade)Internal cameras
Battery capacityTwo to three hoursTwo to three hoursN/AN/AN/A
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon 835N/AN/AN/A
Storage64GB or 256GB64GB or 128GBN/AN/AN/A
Facebook required?YesNoNoNoNo
Controller chargingAA batteries (2)AA batteries (2)RechargeableAA batteries (4)AA batteries (4)

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