This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
At the AR/VR event Facebook Connect (formerly Oculus Connect), Facebook officially announced its new standalone VR headset, Oculus Quest 2.
Quest 2 has a resolution of almost 2K per eye, which is a remarkable improvement in image quality over its predecessor, and the CPU/GPU performance has doubled, the RAM is 1.5 times greater than the previous generation at 6GB, and the body is newly designed and lightweight. In addition, the 64GB model starts at 33,800 yen and the 256GB model at 44,800 yen, more than 15,000 yen cheaper than the original Quest (excluding tax).
Furthermore, in Japan, it will be sold not only on the online Oculus direct sales and Amazon, but also in mass merchandisers such as Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Yamada Denki, and GEO, which is a big step forward in dealing with the Japanese market.
Oculus Quest 2 supports Japanese input as standard, and the packaging is lined with images of content for Japan, including Little Witch Academia and Kizuna AI.
Pre-orders start on September 17, with pickup from October 13.
Other features of Oculus Quest 2 include the following
IPD adjustment is physically available in three stages of 58, 63, and 68mm.
Overall weight reduction of about 10%.
The headband is made of fabric, like a GO.
Storage doubled from a maximum of 128GB to 256GB in the higher-end model, and the price was reduced from 62,800 yen to 44,800 yen (excluding tax).
The new controller is also easier to hold and has improved presence and tracking.
Extended battery life.
The Snapdragon XR2 platform is more than twice as fast as the original Quest's Snapdragon 835 in terms of both CPU and GPU.
The display goes to a single LCD screen providing 1,832 x 1,920 resolution for each eye.
The refresh rate is 72Hz in the factory, which will be increased to 90Hz in future updates.
Optional accessories include a plastic Elite strap with a dial-style fit (6,200 yen) and a battery added to the back of the Elite strap's head (16,000 yen for the Elite strap, battery, and carrying case set).
Oculus Link feature, which allows you to connect the headset to your PC and play with it, goes from beta to full feature functionality with smooth 90Hz refresh rate support.
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When I actually used the Oculus Quest 2, I found that while the weight reduction wasn't huge (about 10%), it was distinctly shorter in-depth and slightly smaller than the first generation.
The headband will be a matter of preference between a plastic one that can be fastened tightly and a cloth one like the GO, but the Quest 2's headband is now made of cloth, making it more compact to carry around.
There is also an optional chunky headband and a headband with an additional battery in the back of the head to balance the weight.
The IPD adjustment mechanism is not a lever, but rather a system in which the socket part of the lens is quickly and physically moved directly with your finger. There are three settings to choose from 58, 63, and 68mm.
The included USB-C cable goes to a generic white cable instead of the rather supple and long L-shaped connector that came with the first generation. If you've recently bought a first-gen Quest, you may still be glad you had this cable. (It's USB 2.0, but it can be used for Oculus Link.)
In terms of details, the USB-C connector on the main unit side is horizontal instead of vertical at the terminals. So if you plug in the first generation L-shaped connector, the cable will extend horizontally instead of hanging right down.
The power of the increased resolution is immense. As soon as you boot up and see the O logo, you can't help but notice the vastly reduced grid effect that shows the pixel gaps.
The grid isn't completely invisible, but it's a significant improvement over the first generation and Oculus' other headsets.
Games, apps, and UI text are clearly legible, and video streaming apps like Netflix are finally at a decent level of enjoyment.
This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl. The Japanese edition of Engadget does not guarantee the accuracy or reliability of this article.