Pre-orders open today.
Oculus Quest 2

The biggest announcement out of today's Facebook Connect event was the official reveal of the Oculus Quest 2. It is the latest standalone headset from Oculus/Facebook that offers 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) without the need to be tethered to a PC.

Pre-orders begin today for a launch that won't take place until October 13th. Pre-orders begin at about the $300 (USD) mark for a 64GB model and $400 for a 256GB model.

This was the only major hardware revealed today. Those looking for a new Rift are sadly going to be out of luck.

The on board components are pretty beefy, and a significant jump up from the previous Quest. We're looking at a Snapdragon XR2 chip, 6GB of RAM, and a new LCD display that is capable of resolutions up to 1,832 x 1,920 per eye. The screen boasts a refresh rate of 90Hz, which is a nice bump up from the 72Hz of the previous Quest.

A comparison chart between Quest 2 and the Quest can be seen below, courtesy of Road to VR.

Quest 2 Quest
Resolution (per-eye) 1,832 × 1,920 LCD 1,440 × 1,600 OLED
Refresh Rate 90Hz 72Hz
Processor Snapdragon XR2 Snapdragon 835
Battery Life 2–3 hours 2–3 hours
Controller Battery Life 4x original
Field of View Equal Equal
IPD Adjust 58mm, 63mm, 68mm 58–72mm
Weight 503g 571g
Storage 64GB or 256GB 64GB or 128GB
Strap Soft Rigid

The Quest 2 is also reportedly getting some new controllers. They promise to have improved ergonomics and better battery life. They reportedly are closer in design to the original Touch controllers that shipped with the original Oculus Rift headset a few years back. They have "a better grip, larger face with thumb rest, and improved haptics." Oculus says that the battery life of the Quest 2 will last up to four times longer than the original Quest controllers.

As for the head strap, there will be options though it will only ship with a soft strap.

While Quest 2 will ship with a soft strap, Oculus also announced two rigid straps which will be sold as official accessories: the Elite Strap and the Elite Battery Strap, both of which are designed to act as a counter-weight for Quest 2. Other accessories, including a case and a ‘Fit Kit’ with face pads of varying sizes, will be available as well.