Oculus Quest 2 Release Date, Price, Features & Specs Rumours
The Oculus Quest 2 is almost with us, and Facebook seems to have accidentally revealed the new VR headset on its Blueprint website. It has since taken most of the content down, but you can’t delete anything posted to the internet, so the videos have been downloaded and uploaded to YouTube.
- >50% more pixels than original Quest (almost 2K per eye)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor
- 6GB RAM
- 256GB of storage (optional)
- 3D positional audio
- Oculus Link support
- Smaller and lighter
- Easier to put on thanks to a ‘soft touch’ strap
- Controllers have improved ergonomics
Like the original Oculus Quest, the Quest 2 offers a premium wireless VR experience without the need for a high-end PC or games console.
While rumours originally suggested the standalone VR headset had been delayed until 2021, more recent ones suggest it could be with us as soon as the middle of September. Here’s everything we know so far about the Oculus Quest 2.
When will the Oculus Quest 2 be released?
While the Oculus Quest 2 was originally rumoured to have been delayed until 2021 – news first broke by Bloomberg – a more recent leak seems to suggest it’ll be released in September 2020.
Taking to Twitter in July, WalkingCat (@h0x0d) shared what looks like an official press shot of the updated headset, along with a date: 15 September.
15 Sept 🧐 pic.twitter.com/11Sgr4nEnF
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d)
July 24, 2020
That’s in-line with a report from Nikkei Asian Review, which claimed that the second-gen Oculus Quest would “enter mass production around the end of July” citing sources with knowledge of the matter.
With the Facebook leak it seems as if the launch is imminent.
How much will the Oculus Quest 2 cost?
Despite various leaks, there’s no word yet on how much the Oculus Quest successor could cost, but we can get an idea by looking at previous Oculus releases. Let’s take the Oculus Rift as an example: the original headset retailed at £399/$399 (after a price drop) and despite the various upgrades on offer from the second-gen Oculus Rift S, the company didn’t raise the price.
So, with that being said, it’s highly likely that the Oculus Quest 2 will cost the same as the current Quest headset, starting at £399/$399 with 64GB of storage.
Oculus Quest 2 features and spec rumours
So, we’ve already seen that the leaked Facebook videos confirm a lot of the specs, if not the specific resolution and refresh rate.
We also know that the controllers (codenamed Jedi) are basically the same as before, albeit slightly tweaked for better comfort. And, in case you hadn’t noticed, the controllers and Quest 2 itself are a light off-white colour, not dark grey like the Quest.
Image: Leaked Facebook video
Back in April 2020, Geralt McAlister of RGB Schemes found a driver for the Jedi controller embedded within the latest firmware update for the Oculus Quest. Whether this confirms that the original Oculus Quest will be compatible with the Jedi controllers is yet to be announced, but UploadVR analysed the driver and found a few interesting details which aren’t in the Facebook videos.
These include an upgraded vibration motor, improved accelerometers and gyroscopes to help estimate the position of the controllers when not in view of the headset and tracking improvements that could allow for lower-latency hand tracking.
Rewinding even further, the first mention of an Oculus Quest successor came from Oculus itself – though likely by accident. As first discovered on Reddit before being confirmed by UploadVR, the Oculus developer documentation website leaked not only the codename for a new headset, but the existence of a new controller and a ‘First Access’ program for select developers. The headset sports the moniker Del Mar, while the controllers are nicknamed Jedi internally.
Facebook has indicated in past interviews that the Oculus Quest successor will likely forego controllers and utilise the controller-free hand-tracking tech currently available on the Quest. Clearly that’s not the case, but it still seems extremely likely that the Del Mar headset is indeed a reference to the Oculus Quest 2.
Those videos show the design pretty well, but back in July, images appeared online showing the headset from just about every angle.
the right side pic.twitter.com/Uqh0vCm2X6
— WalkingCat (@h0x0d)
July 24, 2020
On the surface, not much has changed, with a very similar form factor. One notable change is the lack of an IPD (interpupillary distance) slider and volume controls, suggesting that the Quest 2 could follow in the steps of the Oculus Rift S and feature digital IPD adjustment instead.
If true, it’s a controversial decision, considering most die-hard VR fans prefer physical IPD adjustment.
The original Bloomberg report claimed it’d be 10-15% lighter than the original, and it might even include an increased 90Hz refresh rate, up from 60Hz on the original.
This could well be the case given the Qualcomm XR2 platform which is more powerful than the Snapdragon 835.
As more leaks emerge, we’ll update this article.
For more, we recommend taking a look at our selection of the best VR headsets.