Facebook’s new virtual reality headset Oculus Quest 2 has started shipping today. Quest 2 is a cheaper, newer version of the original 2019 Quest. It has received the same untrained standalone design but with a new chipset and a bigger bump in screen resolution and controller battery life. And it’s starting at $ 299 for the base 64GB model and $ 399 for the 256GB version, a $ 100 drop from the original Quest.
The boundaries of Quest 2 have been open since September, and it is available through Oculus ‘own site and stores such as Best Buy and Walmart, with a full list of retailers in Oculus’ announcement post. It was difficult to purchase an original Quest in the past year due to frequent supply problems, but Quest 2 still appears widely in stock.
As we wrote in September, Quest 2 improves on some of the Quest’s biggest shortcomings, particularly its weight and balance problems, as long as you pay an extra $ 49 for an optional head strap. Oculus has expanded its library since the launch of the original Quest, and received a slate of promises coming later this year. The only possible catch is that you’ll need a Facebook account to use it – not just a separate Oculus account.
Quest 2 is replacing the original Quest, and starting next year, it’s going to be Facebook’s only headset, as the tethered Rift S will be discontinued in the spring. The product still has some high-end competition, including the Valve Index and the upcoming HP Reverb G2. But if you’re looking for a relatively cheap VR that doesn’t require PCs, Quest is in a unique position – and now, it’s on sale.