The next generation of its virtual reality headset (VR), “Oculus Quest”, introduced Facebook, promising better graphics at a much lower price than most observers in the field predicted.
At the same time, it revealed that two popular franchises, “Assassin’s Creed” and “Splitter Cell”, have come to the platform.
According to the BBC, the demand for the first “Quest”, which was released 16 months ago, has been high in recent months, with the company unable to meet demand.
However, even so, it is considered to be a rather “niche” product, which can only acquire a small portion of the public.
Either way, it was an “all in one” device, which stood out for the degree of freedom of movement it offers the user, without the need for separate external sensors or running its software on a PC.
The new model has higher-resolution screens, offering “about 2K” per eye; according to the company, this corresponds to 50% more pixels than before, and have been arranged so that the gaps between them are less apparent; Facebook says one benefit will be that reading text will be easier.
Other improvements include the use of the most powerful “Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2” processor, capable of managing higher 360-degree video resolution, as well as more complex graphics, a 10% lighter “body”, with redesigned straps to make it more comfortable and longer battery life. It is also worth mentioning that “Quest 2” will require a Facebook account.
Surprising, however, was its price: The 64GB version is available on pre-order at $299 (with the 256GB version at $399).
According to “The Verge”, its release starts next month, and on October 13 it will be launched in 22 countries.
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