The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset has been completely leaked via a pair of promotional videos uploaded to the marketing hub run by parent company Facebook, the video outlining the specs of the standalone headset, the 2019 Oculus Quest Is the successor. Also listed on the site are a pair of live demos of the headset scheduled for September 16 and 17. Neatly lines up with the pre-rumored launch date for Quest 2 of 15 September.
According to the video, the new headset is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 platform, designed specifically for AR and VR hardware (unlike the general-purpose Snapdragon 835 that powered the original Quest). One video claimed that Quest 2 has an “almost 4K display”, which it says translates to “about 2K per eye”, which another video says is 50 percent compared to the original Quest Is more pixels. The headset also features 6GB of RAM (up from 4GB) and up to 256GB of storage (up to 128GB maximum), as well as the return of 3D positional audio and controller-free hand tracking.
Although the videos provide a lot of new details about Oculus Quest 2, there are answers to some questions. It is not clear, for a start, what the refresh rate of the display will be, which previous reports have indicated that it can display smooth speeds from 72Hz to 90Hz or even 120Hz. There is no mention of the size or weight of the headset. Previous reports suggested that Quest 2 would be less heavy than the original Quest, but the videos only refer to the new hardware as “streamlined” and “light”.
The video mentions a new soft-touch strap, which he says makes it easier for the headset to slip, as well as a pair of updated controllers with “new ergonomics”, which Oculus claims That should make them more comfortable to use. Oculus Link support also comes back for Quest 2, allowing you to use a USB-C cable to connect the headset to a PC and use it to play PC-based VR games.
This is not our first look at the new headset, images of which leaked back in July.
Oculus Quest 2 seems to be the first headset Facebook will release following its controversial decision requiring Oculus users to have a Facebook account. Although users of the company’s existing headsets can use a different Oculus account by 2023, Facebook has stated that a Facebook login will be required for future devices, even if you already have a separate Oculus account.
There is no word on how much the headset is due to the cost, but the now-removed Walmart listing suggested that its 256GB version could retail for 399. With the Facebook Connect Developer Conference starting on 16 September, it is likely that the official announcement is not far off.
correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the original Oculus Quest had a 60 Hz display. This is incorrect, it actually had a 72Hz display. Previous reports also indicated that the headset would be less heavy, not more, as we said earlier.