Oculus Quest vs. Oculus Quest 2: Comparison of Specs and Features

Facebook announced Oculus Quest 2, the successor to its Quest virtual reality headset from 2019. At $ 299 for the base model, the new beef-up and slim-down quest is $ 100 cheaper than its predecessor. It is also shipping within a few weeks: pre-borders opened today, and will be available for purchase in 22 countries on 13 October. Facebook will retire its Oculus Rift S next year and the original Quest supply has already sold out in many places, so Quest 2 will soon be the only option for Oculus headset buyers.

Quest 2 has the same basic features as Quest. It is a self-VR headset that does not require a gaming PC or any external tracking sensor. It uses four built-in cameras to maneuver people into VR, and it ships with two Oculus Touch motion controllers as well as limited controller-free hand tracking. Quest 2 and the original Quest share a game library, and both can be connected to gaming-PCs with a USB-C cable, allowing users to play more graphically intensive games that were once limited to crack .

But Quest 2 also has some major upgrades. It features a higher-resolution screen and faster processor as well as lower weight and a more comfortable, optional head strap accessory. As a downside, this is the first VR headset to require a Facebook account instead of a discrete Oculus account.

There are not many consumer-ready standalone headsets shipping in the US, so the Quest 2 doesn’t have much direct competition. But here’s how it stacks up against the original Quest, as well as some competing PC-based VR headsets.

Oculus Quest 2 vs Oculus Quest

Tip Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Quest Valve index HTC Vive Cosmos HP Reverb G2
Tip Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Quest Valve index HTC Vive Cosmos HP Reverb G2
Face value $ 299 $ 399 $ 999 $ 699 $ 599
Pixels per eye 1832 x 1920 1440 x 1600 1440 x 1600 1440 x 1700 2160 x 2160
Screen refresh rate 72 Hz at launch, 90 Hz coming 72Hz 80Hz to 144Hz 90Hz 90Hz
Weight 503 grams 571 grams 809 grams 645 grams 550 grams
to keep track Internal cameras Internal cameras Exterior SteamVR Tower Internal Camera (SteamVR with upgrade) Internal cameras
Battery capacity Two to three hours Two to three hours N / A N / A N / A
The processor Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 N / A N / A N / A
RAM 6GB 4GB N / A N / A N / A
Storage 64GB or 256GB 64GB or 128GB N / A N / A N / A
colour White Black Black Turquoise Black
Need Facebook? Yes No No No No
Controller charge AA Battery (2) AA Battery (2) Rechargeable AA Battery (4) AA Battery (4)