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Facebook Introduces Premium VR Headset Oculus Quest 2 At $299

Facebook, on Wednesday, launched its new VR headset, Oculus Quest 2 at the company’s recently renamed annual AR/VR conference, Facebook Connect. The Oculus Quest 2 is already up for pre-orders and will start shipping on October 13. It is priced at $299 in the United States.

The Oculus Quest 2, Facebook’s latest all-in-one VR headset features its highest resolution display ever. It is is also lighter weighing just 503-grams, which is 10 percent lighter than the previous generation. It is also more affordable, starting at a price of $299 in the US making it $100 cheaper than the previous Oculus headset.

Weighing less than the original Quest, it comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform processor and 6GB memory. The headset offers newly redesigned controllers for better ergonomics and longer battery life, the social network said during its virtual ‘Facebook Connect’ conference.

Oculus Quest 2 is a culmination of years of collaboration between Qualcomm Technologies and Facebook to create the most advanced and immersive gaming VR experiences for consumers to date. Purpose-built for extended reality (XR), the Snapdragon XR2 Platform unlocks staggering improvements including twice the CPU and GPU performance compared to its predecessor.

The chipset delivers more than 11 times the AI processing than its predecessor, allowing more perception algorithms to work concurrently with many other tasks, resulting in more immersive experiences for the users.

“Qualcomm Technologies’ worked closely with the team at Facebook to enhance and tailor the Snapdragon XR2 feature-set in Oculus Quest 2 and today marks an incredible milestone in VR,” said Hugo Swart, VP, and Head of XR, Qualcomm Technologies.

The screen on the headset is a fast-switch LCD panel with an 1832 × 1920-pixel resolution with 72Hz refresh rate. The Oculus Quest 2 controllers have also been given a design refresh, and the VR headset is claimed to have a longer battery life, that lasts up to 3 hours. The Oculus Quest 2 comes in a new two-tone design available in light grey and black color options.

Facebook announced that the Oculus Quest 2 will soon be the only Oculus device in the market. The company also said that it’s pulling the plug on its PC VR lineup, months after it ended sales of the Oculus Go. The previous generation of the Oculus Quest VR headset went on sale in April last year.

With a deep catalog of premium and unique gaming experiences at the heart of Oculus Quest 2, the product also provides a variety of engaging non-gaming experiences for all to enjoy, including fitness apps, unique entertainment, and social places to connect with friends. “For Facebook, this collaboration represents our commitment to accelerating the VR industry,” said Rafael Camargo, VP of Hardware for Facebook Reality Labs.

Apart from the Oculus Quest 2, Facebook announced several other new things at this year’s Facebook Connect conference, like the Ray-Ban branded smart glasses, which the company plans to bring in 2021.

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