WalkingCat pretty much broke the immersive industry internet when they posted this photo
on 22nd July. The post was immediately shared all over Twitter with many people considering this to be an unofficial leak of the aesthetics for Quest 2 - a smaller, all-white design with no manual interpupillary distance (IPD) adjuster (this is used to accommodate the lens distance for different users) and velcro head strap.
Of course, it’s tricky to tell from just a photo, but it looks like this device is made of plastic rather than the material design of the original Quest.
The lack of IPD adjuster at the bottom suggests that there may be some new display tech that allows for digital IPD adjustment. Or perhaps, if UploadVR’s sources
are correct, a new system of directly moving the eye cups to put the lenses into three distinct positions.
- Credit: Reddit user Tjtaco123
The current Oculus Quest is priced between $400-$500, and the recently discontinued Oculus Go sat at around $200. Could Oculus be aiming for a price between these two models to get more headsets into homes? Or will the rumoured higher-spec headset be more expensive than its predecessor? Sadly, the only way we will find out is at the launch (whenever that may be, see below).
The original Oculus Quest was announced at OC5 back in 2018
, so we might be looking at a Quest 2 update at this year’s event, which will be digital
due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The event usually takes place in mid-September to early October, but with the move to a digital format, it’s possible that the timing may shift. If WalkingCat’s leaks
are to be believed, it could be as early as 15th September.
What We’d Like To See From Quest 2
We are big Oculus Quest fans, so we’re looking forward to seeing how the current hardware will be updated to refine the experience. Here are a few improvements we would like to see in the next iteration of the headset.
The current Quest battery lasts about three hours, in our experience, so we would really like to see an improvement in battery life so we can play Asgard’s Wrath for even longer!
The Quest utilises a Snapdragon 835 chip which, although a little out of date, works well. Quest 2 may see an upgrade to an 845 or 855 chip, or even the VR/AR-optimised Qualcomm XR2 chip, which would allow for a smoother user experience and better frame rates. The original Quest manages just 72Hz refresh rate, whilst most PC VR headsets achieve 90Hz (making VR feel less jerky), so we’d love to see improved RAM and processor specs to achieve these faster frame rates.
The existing Quest’s 1440 x 1600 (per eye) OLED display works perfectly for most applications but can suffer in readability if you use your headset for virtual computer monitors or even when watching films. With headsets like the HP Reverb G2 featuring a 2160 x 2160 (per eye) LCD display, there is definitely some room for improvement with Quest 2 which could make watching those blockbuster movies and catching up with work from home a lot easier.