Oculus accidentally leaked its new headset, the Oculus Quest 2, on Facebook Blueprint. The headset will serve as the successor to the Oculus Quest, which the company has marketed as its first all-in-one headset, capable of running VR titles without being hooked up to a PC. It hit markets in 2019, three years after the release of Oculus’ first headset, the Oculus Rift.
Oculus was at the forefront of VR technology back when VR was exciting and new, and it was a major reason virtual reality became such a mainstream concept. While the tech never quite redefined the game industry like some expected, VR remains a stable industry with a lot of consumers, and Oculus is still a pretty significant presence in the VR environment. It’s also fallen prey to some controversy, which saw founder Palmer Lucky leave the company after he was embroiled in a political scandal. Oculus landed in hot water again just last month when it announced that in the future it would require users to sign in to their VR devices with their Facebook accounts, prompting widespread fury, with users and developers vowing to leave Oculus behind for good.
Recently, Oculus has hit the public eye once again. Two video presentations about its new headset, the Oculus Quest 2, were posted to Facebook Blueprint, the social media platform’s e-learning website. The videos were swiftly removed, but not fast enough to keep them from being preserved elsewhere online. As reported by PC Gamer, the accidental Quest 2 announcements list several upgrades over its predecessor. These upgrades include 6GB of RAM, a substantial improvement over the first Quest’s 4GB. The highest amount of storage offered by the Quest 2 is 256GB, as opposed to the maximum of 128GB offered by its predecessor. The Quest 2 also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor and almost 2,000 pixels per eye, which is roughly a 50% increase from the Quest.
It’s not always a good idea to trust leaks, but since these come from Oculus itself, it’s hard to see how they could possibly be false. Oculus likely intended to announce the headset during the upcoming Facebook Connect event on Wednesday. It’s unclear why the news got out earlier than intended, but really all that’s left to do now is speculate on what games will be taking advantage of the Quest 2’s improved hardware.
Oculus has always produced a quality VR headset, and that doesn’t seem likely to change. The Quest’s ability to offer the full VR experience without a PC has made it an approachable and appealing model for a lot of prospective gamers, and if the Quest 2 can deliver that convenience with upgraded graphics and processing, it’s likely to be a success. Oculus is definitely still in hot water for the Facebook account debacle, but if it can provide a good experience with the Quest 2 then maybe, just maybe, the technology can speak for itself.
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