Oculus Rift Killed Off by Facebook

Ruben Fields
September 18, 2020

Facebook will be rolling out the first Infinite Office features as an experimental release for Quest 2 VR headset this winter.

Facebook at the Connect virtual conference has unveiled Oculus Quest 2 as its next-generation standalone virtual reality (VR) headset. Pre-orders are open now (at oculus.com and via retailer partners including Best Buy, Target and Walmart) and the Quest 2 is slated to ship October 13.

That same blog post notes one key feature of the Oculus Quest that makes it good for PC gaming: the Oculus Link.

It's an unfortunate and shockingly early end for the Rift platform which has its roots in the original DK1 developer headset that catapulted to fame during a successful 2012 Kickstarter campaign. However, Oculus says it will continue to support the Rift platform with high-end PC VR experiences like "Lone Echo II" and "Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond" (and will support content on the legacy Quest unit as well).

And there will be a reasonable amount of games and apps available for the Oculus Quest 2 in the coming months. Facebook is also working with Logitech to bring a physical keyboard into VR. All of this is packaged within the Quest 2's lightweight, streamlined design.

Oculus Quest 2

Oculus has announced titles including Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy's Edge, Myst, Jurassic World Aftermath, Warhammer 40,000 Battle Sister, Pistol Whip: 2089, The Climb 2, and Rez Infinite that all will be compatible with the Quest 2.

The Oculus Quest 2 also has a new feature called Passthrough+, which uses external cameras to let you view your surroundings while wearing the headset.

The Quest 2 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM. Essentially, that's near 2K res per eye, with 90Hz rendering later on, too, starting at 72Hz with Oculus eventually improving graphical performance to 90Hz so that entertainment renders more clearly. We're doubling down on that goal with Quest 2.

Today's announcement about the Oculus Quest 2 promised some pretty impressive tech. The $399 model includes 256 GB of storage (compared with 128 GB in the current $499 Quest headset).

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