Oculus Quest 2 Review – The Best Standalone VR Headset Gets Better

When Quest first launched in 2019, we known as it the “first nice standalone VR headset,” owing to it being a very full package deal between , software program, and content material. And over the course of its life, we noticed Quest enhance over time with software program updates that added new options and improved current ones. And now we have now Quest 2, which is just about the identical headset, simply higher in (nearly) each manner.

Quest 2 is (nearly) right here! Fb introduced the headset and opened pre-orders as we speak beginning at $300. Oculus Quest 2 has a launch date of October 13th.

However earlier than homeowners of the unique Quest have a look at their previous headset with disdain, take into account this. Quest 2 is likely to be higher in (nearly) each manner, nevertheless it actually doesn’t do something new. Quest 2 has successfully zero new options in comparison with the unique, and Oculus says each headsets will share the identical sport library.

A quandary then… would Quest 2 have been higher known as ‘Quest S‘? Nicely sure, but in addition… no. As you’ll discover all through our evaluate, a superb chunk of Quest 2’s potential has not but been unlocked. Just like the unique, Quest 2 will see enhancements over time. In that sense, I believe it will be honest to name it Quest S on day one, however as soon as Oculus delivers some promised post-launch enhancements, it’ll earn the title Quest 2.

Oculus Quest 2 vs. Quest Specs

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Earlier than we dive into the total evaluate, right here’s a breakdown of Quest 2 in comparison with Quest official specs:

Quest 2 Quest Decision (per-eye) 1,832 × 1,920 (LCD) Refresh Charge 90Hz 72Hz Processor Snapdragon XR2 RAM 6GB 4GB Battery Life 2–three hours 2–three hours Controller Battery Life 4x authentic – Area of View Equal Equal IPD Modify 58mm, 63mm, 68mm 58–72mm Weight 503g 571g Storage 64GB or 256GB 64GB or 128GB Strap Tender (inflexible offered individually) Inflexible

Now onto the total evaluate… if you wish to abstract with out the element, skip to the very finish for our conclusion.

Hardware

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Some of the thrilling however as of but untapped bits of in Quest 2 is the processor. Whereas the unique Quest launched with a dated (even on the time) Snapdragon 835, Oculus successfully picked the highest-end processor they may for Quest 2, the Snapdragon XR2. Not solely is it considerably extra highly effective, it’s additionally a made-for-VR chip which incorporates some further options that make it even higher to be used in a VR headset.

Nevertheless it’s going to take a while till we see the XR2 actually shining in Quest 2. On day one, Oculus says that Quest 2 will run have an ‘experimental’ 90Hz choice which is able to run the headset’s foremost menu at that refresh price. Video games, nonetheless, will proceed to run at 72Hz.

“Quickly” after launch, in keeping with Oculus, the corporate will make the 90Hz mode default for the primary menu and likewise permit builders to reap the benefits of the additional refresh price, however that will properly require per-app updates.

The identical factor applies to Oculus Hyperlink. On day one, should you plug Quest 2 into your PC to make use of Hyperlink, your PC VR content material will run at 72Hz and have the identical encoding high quality as authentic Quest. “Quickly” after launch, Oculus says, Quest 2 will have the ability to use Hyperlink at 90Hz and better high quality.

So it’s going to take a while earlier than we see the total energy of Quest 2.

The excellent news is that almost all video games can mechanically reap the benefits of Quest 2’s larger decision, in order that’s one profit that you just’ll see proper out of the gate, and it’s a giant one.

Show & Lenses

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The leap in decision and framerate are amongst Quest 2’s most significant enhancements. Quest 2 has a per-eye decision of 1,832 × 1,920 (three.5 megapixels) in comparison with the unique’s 1,440 × 1,600 (2.three megapixels). That’s a pleasant bounce already, however there’s a little bit of an additional increase as a result of Quest 2’s LCD show has extra sub-pixels—which fill within the ‘display door impact’ much more—than Quest’s OLED show. On Quest 2, the display door impact is principally invisible.

Pixels are too small to be seen individually; you’ll be able to nonetheless see proof of the underlying pixel construction in opposition to flat colours, nevertheless it fades away in opposition to something textured.

The decision distinction is noticeable immediately. Between the additional sharpness and the smoother movement of the 90Hz show, stepping as much as the menu in Quest 2 feels a bit extra actual than with the unique Quest.

As some know, the transfer from OLED to LCD comes with some downsides too. Most notably that LCD can’t get near the deep blacks that OLED can. Though it doesn’t have these deep blacks of the unique, it additionally has massively lowered smearing which is arguably a worthwhile tradeoff as a result of larger decision doesn’t imply a lot should you can’t preserve pixels from smearing usually.

Quest 2’s lenses are successfully the identical as the unique. They’re fresnel as earlier than, and have the identical points with ‘god rays’ as any fashionable fresnel lens (that’s: annoying god rays on excessive distinction parts, however typically to not bothersome in most scenes). Oculus declined to share Quest 2’s official subject of view, however mentioned it’s equal to the unique Quest (that’s: sufficient to be immersive, however extra would nonetheless be good). The ‘candy spot’ or readability throughout the lens, is roughly the identical as the unique Quest.

Quest 2’s lenses and show are tuned properly. Chromatic aberration, pupil swim, and smearing are successfully invisible. Mura is nearly invisible as properly, nevertheless it’ll present up faintly in opposition to sure flat colours should you go on the lookout for it.

IPD

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Quest 2’s IPD might be bodily adjusted between three positions: 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm. Quite than a slider on the underside of the headset which lets you alter the IPD whereas trying by the lenses, to vary the IPD on Quest 2 it’s essential take away the headset and grasp each lenses and tug them into one of many different positions.

Due to the delineated IPD adjustment, even should you’re inside the minimal and most vary, you would be as much as 2.5mm out of the ‘very best’ lens alignment (should you have been to fall precisely between the accessible positions). We will infer that if Oculus felt being as much as 2.5mm out of alignment was okay in the course of the vary, it will even be okay on the ends of the vary—giving Quest 2 a ‘most advisable’ IPD vary from 55.5mm to 70.5mm, which is fairly near the unique Quest’s ‘most advisable’ vary of 56 to 74mm.

Since my IPD is roughly 63mm, I wouldn’t have the ability to see what the picture appears to be like like if it have been 2.5mm off middle (not with any cheap precision, anyway). We’ll have to attend for extra widespread suggestions to know if falling between the three positions hampers the visible expertise a lot, or if Quest 2’s eye-box is massive sufficient to accommodate (clearly, Oculus felt this to be the case).

Nevertheless, should you use the widest IPD setting you might even see a little bit of clipping of the sector of view (it is a results of the one show design by which the lenses transfer nearer to the perimeters of the show when adjusting for IPD).

Audio

Quest 2, like its predecessor, has hidden built-in audio system that permit audio to emanate from the headscarf. Despite the fact that the speaker openings are a bit nearer, they’re nonetheless miles away from being centrally aligned with the ear, which makes them sub-par for correct spatial audio.

By way of sound high quality and quantity, Quest 2’s audio system really feel proper according to Quest. Which means the audio is satisfactory, however a far cry from from the standard you’d hear from one thing like Index and even the unique Rift CV1. For anybody coming from a Rift S not less than, you’ll be blissful to know that Quest 2’s audio is louder and of higher high quality.

Many video games will do wonderful with Quest 2’s construct in audio, however for video games with particularly good sound tech and design, you’ll miss out on plenty of added immersion with out a higher audio resolution.

Though it’s a bummer to need to fumble with headphones to get that most immersion from Quest, not less than the choice so as to add your individual audio is offered due to the one three.5mm audio enter on the facet (not like authentic Quest, there’s just one three.5mm audio enter on Quest 2).

Design & Ergonomics

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Quest 2’s design isn’t basically totally different than its predecessor, nevertheless it does deliver plenty of refinements. By way of dimension and weight, it’s a bit smaller and a bit lighter.

Quest 2 manages to look barely much less bulbous, if a bit much less premium as a result of all-plastic end versus the material end of the unique.

The minimal button and port layous are all successfully an identical: a quantity rocker on the underside, USB-C charging & information port on the left subsequent to a three.5mm audio enter, and an influence button and LED energy indicator on the appropriate.

Tender Strap & Elite Strap

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The most important change to the design is the pinnacle strap. Out of the field you’ll get a comfortable strap which is, not less than for my head, a little bit of a downgrade over the unique Quest’s inflexible strap. Inflexible straps benefit from gripping the again of your head and lifting weight off the entrance of your head through help from the highest and facet straps. Tender straps with none construction can’t do that almost as properly as a result of they will solely actually help the entrance of the headset through the highest strap and may’t grip the again of the pinnacle as properly with out a vice-like tightness. After I use the comfortable strap I discover that there’s extra stress than I’d like on my brow.

Now, this may be a bummer if not for the truth that Oculus is, lastly, providing first-party ergonomic equipment, together with an Elite Strap ($50) and an Elite Battery Strap ($80), each of that are inflexible and particularly designed with a counterweight (fingers crossed for an an Elite Audio Strap sooner or later).

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The excellent news is that the Elite Strap design is great—I’d say Oculus’ finest headstrap but—which makes me actually want they only included it by default. It appears fairly clear that not doing so was largely a cost-saving resolution.

For many severe VR customers, I’m simply going to go forward and advocate you get the Elite Strap or the Elite Battery Strap on day one. Sure, it’s not less than one other $50 on high of the $300 base worth, nevertheless it’s price it.

Match Pack

On high of the Elite Strap choices, Oculus can be going to be promoting a ‘Match Pack’ ($40) which is able to embrace gentle blockers that match across the lenses (to cowl any gentle coming from the nostril cavity) in addition to two totally different face pads to accommodate wider or narrower faces. I haven’t had my arms on the Match Pack, however discovered that the included face pad labored wonderful for me and I wasn’t bothered by any gentle leakage. It’s nice that these equipment shall be accessible although so a wider vary of individuals can discover an ergonomic match that works for them.

Quest 2 additionally comes with a glasses spacer which holds the lenses slightly additional out of your eyes in order that there’s room for glasses in between. The face pad is barely much less broad than the unique Quest, so particularly broad frames is likely to be problematic.

Controllers

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At first look, Quest 2’s controllers won’t look a lot totally different than the unique Quest controllers, however they’ve truly seen a major ergonomic redesign—or maybe extra of an ergonomic throwback. The ‘new’ controller design is very near the Contact controllers of the unique Rift CV1 headset. And that’s an awesome factor as a result of they arguably had the perfect ergonomics of any VR controller so far.

Quest 2 controller (left), Quest controller (proper) | Picture by Highway to VR

In comparison with the Quest controllers, Quest 2’s controllers are bigger and have a a lot bigger, and offset ‘face’ which offers a pure space to relaxation your thumb with out resting them on a button. The deal with form appears to suit into the hand a bit extra purposefully too. The Quest 2 controllers are literally a bit bigger than the unique Rift CV1 controllers as properly. For me that makes them barely bigger than very best (however these with bigger arms will certainly really feel the other). Even nonetheless, I believe the ergonomic shift again towards the Rift CV1 controllers is a pleasant enchancment.

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And there’s one other profit hiding inside. The Quest 2 haptics are notably extra highly effective than their predecessors. We don’t but know in the event that they’re able to a few of the superior haptic results seen on the Rift CV1 controllers, however we anticipate to be taught extra about this quickly.

Quest 2’s controllers are additionally now extra energy environment friendly and last as long as 4 instances longer than the unique Quest controllers, in keeping with Oculus. We’ll have to observe up on that declare as a result of our controller batteries have but to expire!

Sadly Oculus has confirmed that Quest 2 controllers usually are not suitable with Quest or Rift S.

IPD Adjustment

I already talked concerning the IPD adjustment up within the part, however there’s a design factor that must be talked about as properly.

I’m glad Quest 2 has an IPD adjustment, even when it might probably solely be moved between three discrete settings (58mm, 63mm, and 68mm). Nevertheless, the method is a bit baffling. Quite than a slider on the underside of the headset which lets you have a look at the picture as you alter the IPD, on Quest 2 it’s essential take away the headset, seize the lenses, push them into one of many different positions, after which put the headset again on.

Provided that the totally different settings are merely labeled 1, 2, and three—and that there’s seemingly no steerage for the person about which place they need to choose—I don’t see how customers are anticipated to set their IPD accurately. Even should you may do it by sight, the necessity to take away the headset, change the lens place, then put it again on means you’ll be able to’t have a look at the picture as you alter it, which makes it far more durable to set by sight. And even should you’re a VR fanatic and really know your individual IPD measurement, it’s a must to bear in mind which numbered setting corresponds with which measurement.

Except I’m lacking one thing, it is a unusual method to IPD adjustment and one which I doubt will consequence within the majority of customers utilizing the proper setting.

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