Without a doubt, Virtual reality (VR) is one of those consumer technologies that’s usually seemed just beyond the conventional. After years of producing beautiful but imperfect VR headsets, the Oculus Quest 2 may eventually be the one that will pull down every barrier to invite other people in.
The Oculus Quest 2 is an enhanced and affordable sequel to the Oculus Quest, and it is a self-contained VR game console that can make you feel immersed in the virtual world.
Oculus Quest 2 Design
The Quest 2 is a little smaller and lighter than the original, weighing about 17.7 ounces and measuring 4.0 by 7.5 by 5.6 inches (HWD), without the strap. The color of the headset’s smooth plastic chassis is white, while the plastic and foam eye mask behind it is a contrasting black. The front faceplate is almost bare, having four position-tracking cameras placed along the edge.
A USB-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack is placed at the left side of the headset, while the power button and an indicator LED is placed on the right side. There is a volume rocker on the underside of the headset, alongside two pinhole microphones. The eye mask pulls out to allow you to easily adjust the position of the lenses or put in the added separator that lifts the headset slightly away from your face so that it can be used comfortably with glasses. Although, the glasses may still feel a little awkward if your glasses have large frames.
The headband is a three-point elastic strap placed on plastic arms that can easily turn slightly up and down. The arms have speakers that transport sound directly into your ears without the headphones. The top strap connects to the headset with Velcro (hook-and-loop) fasteners, allowing you to easily adjust how the top of the Quest suits your face. At the same time, the side straps connect at the back with two plastic sliding clips.
Adjusting the default strap is quick, simple, and comfortable. However, it doesn’t offer the best-secured fit to ensure that it’s in place, making it shift if you move your head suddenly or swiftly. It can be replaced with the Quest 2 Elite Strap that costs $49. It provides you with a more secure fit with a ring-shaped piece of plastic that tightens the back of your head and a ratcheting wheel that ensures that the strap is locked in place.
Oculus Quest 2 Comfort
The Quest 2 is about 10% lighter than its predecessor. Although it doesn’t make a massive difference, it’s less stressful to wear the 503g headset than its predecessor.
The strap and padding have been improved. The ample amount of foam padding will make you almost forget that you have a piece of plastic strapped to your face. The headset possesses adjustable elastic bands that will enable you to find the proper fit for your head. For longer VR sessions, ensure that your Quest 2 isn’t too tight before you start.
Oculus Quest 2 Performance
The Quest 2 uses a similar Guardian system as its predecessor, it allows you to create boundaries around your play space, and the headset gets to warn you anytime you’re about to step out of the marked-out area. It also allows you to create a stationary circle for games that don’t need too much movement or walking around.
The head tracking is top-notch, with the headset’s four cameras always scanning your surrounding area for you to know your position as its internal sensors track orientation. The cameras also track the controllers, which possess internal sensors for motion tracking. It’s a massive six-degrees-of-freedom (6DOF) experience, and it’s similar to the original Quest.
Possessing a Snapdragon XR2 processor and 6GB of RAM, the Quest 2 offers an appealing performance for an all-in-one VR headset and a remarkable improvement in specs over the Snapdragon 835 CPU found in the original model. It’s rare to experience any slowdown when playing games or downloading other titles in the background. Besides, navigating menus and jumping between games is fast and pleasant.
The higher display resolution makes a noticeable difference, and every view looks sharper than it does on the original Quest. It will quickly assist you in selecting distant targets and align headshots well for a better experience. Generally, the experience is much crisper and cleaner. The headset perfectly tracks your controller movements, which will allow you to aim various firearms at pop-up targets with exactness carefully.
The headset gives you a wonderful experience if you watch a YouTube video in VR. It provides you with a simulated big screen directly at your front, and it allows you to watch videos like you are sitting in a theater. It is comfortable and suitably immersive. Also, the higher resolution implies that the viewing experience is very sharp and pleasant.
Oculus Quest 2 Controller
The Quest 2 controllers borrow a few features from their predecessors. The grippy, soft-plastic bits present in the original Quest are replaced by a uniform, single-material plastic finish. The Quest 2 headset controllers have increased a bit in all dimensions. Indeed, its new design feels more comfortable for people with larger hands.
The button layout didn’t experience too many vanilla Quest design changes, only that the buttons are well spaced. It also has a reliable thumb rest area at the side. The Oculus home and menu buttons’ position have been changed to the opposite side and withdrawn to the same end. The thumb rest on the right controller possesses a textured patch to feel and distinguish the two controllers. A task that passes through a camera view on the Quest 2 helps place powerful L and R labels on top of the controllers.
The controllers are a little more comprehensive at the handles’ base, which offers excellent comfort and may be related to the new battery position and cover design. The battery cover in the Quest 2 is repositioned, and stronger clips are now included. The Quest 2 controllers use a single AA battery and weigh around 147 g. It also has little tracking infrared LEDs. Also, the haptic vibration on the Quest 2 controllers feels more effective than its predecessor.
Oculus states that the new controller still maintains the same top-notch tracking. The entire tracking precision and stability of the Quest 2 is relatively better than the original, particularly with aggressive movements and edge tracking cases.
One of the significant reasons behind the quadruple enhancement in battery life on the Quest 2 controllers is, possessing less active LEDs. The incredible connection and sleeping algorithms that turn the controllers on only when the Quest 2 is already on your face or picked up helps save battery a little. You can get about 30 hours of playtime from a single AA battery.
The future of Facebook is set toward augmented-reality smart glasses that can incorporate both the virtual and real, but that will happen in years to come. Meanwhile, the Oculus Quest 2 could possess sufficient onboard power to evolve new innovative ideas for Facebook’s extraordinary work. As lots of compact and mobile-connected VR headsets are being released in the coming years, the Quest 2 could be ready for more. The critical question is how far Facebook can take it?
A few years from now, we will be talking about phones and tablets that plug accurately into VR and AR, and the Oculus Quest will be a part of that future.