Oculus Quest 2 Review by SHINTA VR

Published 21 October 2020, 06:35

Oculus Quest 2 allows you to really dive and have a very real experience into the immersive world, Quest 2 is also very easy to use even for family members or friends who are not familiar with VR technology before.
 

Quest 2 remains very similar to the original Oculus Quest, being a battery-powered standalone headset that allows you to freely roam around a room where physical activities and your device are involved, without fear of tripping over cables. Quest is a friendly and accessible entry point with a very real virtual reality sensation, it shows miracles right out of the box. However, some things have changed. Quest 2 offers a more responsive experience overall, thanks to increased RAM, chip specifications and a higher resolution display. Oculus Quest Original = 1440 x 1600 whereas Oculus Quest 2 = 1832 x 1920, Developments now have the option to make their games run at 90Hz (very useful for increasing comfort and realism while playing), and the headset itself is also lighter than before.
 

DESIGN
Compared to the original Quest, Quest 2 offers a very significant internal increase. Quest 2 has 6GB of RAM compared to 4GB of the Quest Original, and there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 chipset which is much faster at serving things. This allows for an even better experience so that users may be more loyal to Quest 2, as well as allow the resolution and refresh rate to be increased later. The first Oculus Quest used a dual OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 1600 per eye, but Quest 2 chose a single split LCD panel so that it could display a resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye. The improved resolution upgrade also provides an improved 90Hz refresh rate for expansion, compared to the original 72Hz Quest.

There are also changes to the distance slider in Quest 2. Previously, you could make nifty adjustments with the sliders under Quest Original. However, now you have to shift the lens itself at three predefined distances, 58mm, 63mm and 68mm. Although most won't notice any difference (the three settings cover the most common IPD ranges). With these new features, Quest 2 still has the same 2-3 hour battery life as the first Quest, depending on the application you are using. It doesn't sound like much, but longer play or roaming sessions than that are unlikely to be comfortable anyway.

Oculus has made significant improvements to its tracking algorithm, which also extends to controllers, now offering twice the battery life (we're talking about weeks of continuous gaming) compared to its predecessor. The controller itself has made some minor improvements as well. Moreover, by being available in white, they offer more space to rest your thumbs during play, making them easier to hold for longer sessions. Each has a stick-like grip, including triggers for your index finger and grip, as well as face and stick buttons for your thumb. The strap keeps the controller from falling off your hand easily, while a plastic ring surrounds your thumb, which houses a nearly invisible LED, allowing the headset to track your hand and arm movements.
 

The speaker is attached to the headset strap support, offering left and right stereo sound. They're clear enough and loud enough to convey drama and directional audio feedback from your game, while keeping your ears free to let you become aware of your physical environment.
 

A microphone is also built in and clear enough to communicate in multiplayer games and perform multiple voice searches across various UI elements of applications that support it. Speech recognition is also accurate.
 

Despite its new design, Quest 2 is a device that is smooth and easy to navigate. It also immediately shows how far VR has become, especially mobile VR. Text is sharp and legible, and movement is smooth and comfortable. Even though your field of view is narrowed by glasses, it doesn't take long for you to get used to occupying virtual space. For newcomers, this is amazing.
 

Price and availability
The Oculus Quest 2 comes in two variants: a model with 64GB storage, priced at £ 299 / $ 299 / AU $ 479, and the 256GB version for £ 399 / $ 399 / AU $ 639.Pre-orders are now open via the Oculus website, with general retail availability opens on October 13, 2020.
 

Compared to the selling price of the original Quest, now you can save a lot of money. The price might be not too cheap for some, But considering this is an experience that doesn't require a PC, console, or even additional screen to work with, it shows a great value.
 

Shinta VR highly recommends Oculus Quest 2.
 

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