It’s official, a new Oculus model is coming for you VR fans out there. The Oculus Quest 2 is coming soon, and pre-orders are already live. The new VR platform will debut at two different SKUs. Both versions sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 CPU with 6 GB of RAM. That’s right, the Quest line is being revamped for better portability and performance. And the headset will have a longer battery life than its predecessor too.
The base model, priced at $299, features 64 GB of storage. There’s even a 256 GB version of the Oculus Quest 2 for $399.if you’re in need of beefier storage. Not a bad deal if you’re just getting into VR and don’t mind the restrictions with game support and other potential hangups.
You can add in a Quest 2 Elite Strap that promises “enhanced comfort” at $49, if you’re in the mood for Facebook to treat you like Apple does Mac users. What’s next, a $100 set of wheels? And that’s not the only thing users are sore about, but more on that in a bit.
Now there’s an obvious question, given that it’s designed for more mobile use, what games can it play. The Oculus Quest 2 will run Oculus Quest games, and Rift Platform games will receive support via Oculus Link.
The VR platform was teased via a short trailer, check that out below.
That other sore spot I mentioned is that the platform requires integration with Facebook. According to the Oculus Quest 2 product page, “Quest 2 requires your Facebook account to login, making it easy to meet up with friends in VR and discover communities around the world. You can explore as yourself or pick a new name by creating a unique VR profile.”
That’s gonna be a big turn-off for some folks. The forcing tie-in to VR and Facebook has been a big source of backlash against the announcement and changes made to the Oculus platform over the last couple of months. It’s highly unlikely that Facebook will backpedal now after putting in all the time to foist the requirement on users.