This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.

Facebook has announced the new Oculus Quest 2 VR headset. The model is the first in the series to enter the Japanese market in earnest and will be available in a wide range of sales channels, including electronics retailers, in addition to enhanced Japanese language support. Pre-orders began on September 17, and it will be available for pickup on October 3. Prices start at 33,800 yen excluding tax. We were able to try out the device for a short period of time, so we'll give you a review.

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The Oculus Quest 2 is a VR headset that supports 6DoF and allows you to roam freely in the VR space without external sensors.

A look at the actual device shows that the basic design follows the first generation. On the other hand, you'll notice that the belt that holds your head in place has been changed to a simple one using Velcro.

This is to reduce the weight, which is 10% lighter than the first generation, which had a stiff, solid mechanism. It doesn't feel dramatically lighter, but you'll feel less tired when wearing it for long periods of time, for example.

An optional plastic Elite strap (6200 yen) will also be available, as well as accessories that add a battery to the back of the Elite strap.

The controller shape has also been changed, as well as support for hand tracking, which allows you to control the VR without using the controller.

The excitement came when I put on the goggles

The excitement came when I put on the goggles. It is by far the highest definition. The resolution is about 50% higher than the first generation, to 2K (1832 x 1920) per eye. It's not so high-definition that you can't see every single dot, which is common on smartphones, but it's a lot better than the first generation.

The refresh rate has also been improved from the original 72Hz to 90Hz (72Hz at launch, with support for 90Hz planned for later). The viewing angle remains largely unchanged. You can now choose between three levels of spacing between the left and right eyes (IPD) to better adapt to differences in the size and width of the human face and eyes.

With these dramatic improvements in display quality, we felt that the leading killer content for Oculus Quest 2 could be Netflix. Even on the first generation, I could watch Netflix and other shows in an 80-inch equivalent theater on VR while relaxing on the couch, but the resolution was rough and not at a level that would make for realistic viewing.

The Oculus Quest 2, on the other hand, feels that the video on VR has a resolution that is slightly less than that of a 1280 x 720 HD TV, although we didn't actually measure it. This makes it realistic to watch a movie on the VR space while at home.

So I actually watched a Netflix movie on Oculus Quest 2 for a long time. Then, apart from the roughness of the dots that remains a little, it really is as powerful as if you were in a movie theater. However, after about 15 minutes or so, the pressure of the goggles started to bother me. It might not be a problem if you get used to it, but on the contrary, if the goggles are a bit lighter, watching movies with VR goggles will become more common in the future.

Oculus Link, which allows you to connect the goggle to your PC, has also become an official feature from the beta version. With the aforementioned improvement in display quality, it can also be used as a high-performance PC VR goggle.

Benefit from the blazing-fast Snapdragon XR2

One thing you can't miss with the Oculus Quest 2 is the use of Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon XR2. The first generation used the Snapdragon 835, an off-the-shelf SoC that was similar to the high-end smartphones of three years ago. So this was replaced with a new processor with the latest design in one fell swoop. It also has 6GB of RAM, which is 1.5 times more than the first generation.

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We actually played a few titles. Population: ONE is a VR version of PUBG with more freedom, including the ability to climb walls. You pick up weapons in a gradually narrowing 3D field and climb and fly through the air to defeat your opponents. The graphics are so close to the console, it's amazing to see how much of this can be done standalone.

That said, the game is running on a mobile processor, so it's not quite as good as PC quality. If you want to enjoy the latest graphics in VR, you could use the Oculus Link feature to connect to a PC to enjoy PC VR games.

The app store is the same for the Oculus Quest 2 and the original Oculus Quest. All the apps purchased on the first generation will work, and there are no apps dedicated to Oculus Quest 2. However, the same apps seem to benefit from better resolution, frame rate, and graphics quality when running on Oculus Quest 2.

33,800 yen excluding tax in Japan, more content for Japan

As mentioned at the beginning of this article, Oculus Quest 2 is aimed at making a full-scale entry into Japan.

Unlike the first generation, it will be sold at mass retailers such as Yodobashi Camera, Bic Camera, Yamada Denki, and GEO. In addition to supporting Japanese input as standard, there will be a full range of content for Japan, including Little Witch Academia and Kizuna Eye.

A Facebook representative said, "Japan is the second-largest market for VR after the US. For the first time, we want to succeed in Japan, and we have features that Japanese people need, including retail, translation, and Japanese input. Not only features but also Japan-specific content."

Shockingly, the 64GB model starts at 33,800 yen (excluding tax) and the 256GB model at 44,800 yen, which is more than 15,000 yen less than the original model. This price is out of the ordinary for this performance and quality, and it's hard to find a reason not to buy it.

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.