Facebook has managed to spoil its own reveal for the Oculus Quest 2, but the new VR headset is looking very impressive.
It’s now become an unfortunate reality that almost every new gaming announcement is leaked out ahead of time, but increasingly frequently the culprit in question is the company itself.
Only last week Ubisoft managed to leak the Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time remake before their official announcement and now Facebook, who own Oculus VR, have done the same with the Oculus Quest 2 headset.
The original headset was only released last year but since it doesn’t need a PC or any connecting cables it went on to be a huge hit, and deservedly so according to our review. It’s also meant that a follow-up headset has been fast-tracked by Oculus, who have been recently renamed as Facebook Reality Labs.
Facebook has only made a half-hearted effort to take down some of the pictures and videos from their website, all of which have, of course, already been propagated across the internet.
This suggests that the official announcement is imminent, probably at the Facebook Connect developer conference on Wednesday, 16 September (which starts just a few hours before the new PlayStation 5 showcase).
VR tech is constantly evolving, so there’s plenty of new features to look forward to beyond simply higher resolution screens and better visuals.
The bullet point list of additions includes:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor
- 6GB RAM
- Almost 2K resolution per eye – more than twice that of the original Oculus Quest
- 3D positional audio
- New controller ergonomics
- Optional 256GB of built-in storage
That’s in addition to the headset being smaller, lighter and easier to put on. And that’s saying something as the original is already surprisingly compact given that it doesn’t attach to a PC (although it can do if you want, thanks to a recent update).
The one thing the leaks don’t reveal though is the price or the release date, so that at least should be something new to reveal on Wednesday. Unless it gets leaked early as well.
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