Facebook reveals Oculus Quest 2 headset ahead of its Facebook Connect event – Oops!

Facebook has done its own bit of leaking today with the release of some promotional videos of their new headset – Quest 2 – shown on Facebook Blueprint website for developers.

The website page has the title ‘Meet Quest 2’ with the subtext ‘Get to know the new Oculus headset with video demos highlighting its most important features.’ The page featured four videos (that have now been removed) where two male and female individuals introduced the Quest 2 along with a few interesting confirmed specs for the new upcoming headset. View all the videos in one below (thanks Tyriel).

Key features from the videos were:

  • Smaller and lighter
  • The soft-touch strap makes it easy to put it on
  • Controllers upgraded with improved ergonomics and a noticeable wider button-face area with thumb resting area and sensor.
  • The new display has 50% more pixels than Quest 1 ‘Nearly 2K per eye’
  • Highest resolution Oculus has ever made
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 VR-focused platform
  • 6GB of RAM (over 4GB on Quest 1)
  • Optional 256GB version
  • Oculus Link compatible
  • Hand-tracking support
  • 3D positional audio
  • Likely bigger games that will make use of the bigger storage option
  • All existing Quest titles will work on Quest 2
  • Still uses B&W guardian optics
Just seeing the Quest 2 on this guy’s head shows how much smaller it will be
All the previous leaks remain true. Note its plastic case, colour and improved optic positions

We still have a lot more to learn about the Quest 2, including its official price (although this was rumoured to be $299 for 64GB and $399 for 256GB headset). There was no mention of the refresh rate on the Quest 2 and if it will be 90Hz as rumoured, and also if the field of view will be reduced due to the smaller, lighter headset.

The rear Headstrap remains to be seen if it improves over the current Quest
It’s simplified with two adjustable bands at the back and velcro strap at the top

The weight issue of the current Quest seems to have been a major focus for the Quest 2’s redesign and I hope with the fabric strip it will be light enough to not share its weight on your face. If it’s anything like the GO, which also had a fabric head strap, this has potential or being super comfortable.

The controls show the wider button area with a clear sensor rest area for the thumb
Passthrough will NOT be in colour on the Quest 2, but it could be sharper with less distortion

The VR-focused Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform is an excellent decision from Oculus/Facebook to adopt for its Quest 2 headset. It’s going to be needed to power the higher display, but its enhancements over the Quests current platform will encourage better looking VR games for the Quest 2 with less sacrifice for PCVR ported games – don’t expect Half-Life Alyx any time soon. Let’s hope some existing Quest titles also see a boost on the Quest 2.

One element of the video showed the lenses and the new IPD adjustment/number

I am sure we will learn more about the above omissions when the Quest 2 gets its proper unveiling this coming Wednesday during the Facebook Connect event. I’m looking forward to learning more about this in a few days time!

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