Facebook wants to turn the Quest into a fitness device

Oculus announces the Quest 2 with higher resolution displays and 90Hz support

Like the previous Quest, you can run it as a standalone headset or you can connect it to your PC via USB to play any of your VR-compatible games. Alongside the launch of Oculus Quest 2, Facebook has announced that it is discontinuing the PC-only VR headset Rift S that debuted in March a year ago.

The Oculus Quest 2 is up for pre-order for $299 and up starting today, and it's set to ship October 13, 2020.

It's a way for Oculus users to check on how many calories they're burning in Beat Saber or in dedicated fitness apps.

The Oculus Quest 2 also has a new feature called Passthrough+, which uses external cameras to let you view your surroundings while wearing the headset.

In terms of specifications, the Oculus Quest 2 features a new display with 1,832x1,920 pixels resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.

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The Logitech G333 VR Gaming Earphones sport an asymmetrical, custom length cable that's designed specifically for Quest 2 and with audio drivers said to be capable of delivering "detail-rich sound" and an accurate audio representation of the virtual world around you.

On the hardware side, Oculus says Quest 2 takes a "multi-generational leap in processing power" with the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform, which offers greater artificial-intelligence capabilities, as well as 6 gigabytes of memory.

"Our goal with the original Quest was to bring standalone VR to as many people as possible". In addition, the Quest 2 is 10% lighter. Further, an Elite Strap with Battery and Carrying Case as well as a Fit Pack have been launched as the two useful accessories for the new offering.

Alongside the Oculus Quest 2 and its upcoming software, Facebook also showed off a couple pieces of speculative AR and VR technology. Facebook is also planning to open up features like Passthrough to developers so that they can enable mixed reality in their apps. Even the Touch controllers have been upgraded to be more comfortable with better haptic feedback. The Quest 2 also will feature a lineup of new games and other experiences, including titles from Lucasfilm's Star Wars and Universal's Jurassic World franchises.

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