Automobilnews Oculus Quest 2 VR headset introduced, Rift deserted – Information by Automobilnews.eu

Automobilnews Oculus Quest 2 VR headset introduced, Rift deserted

Automobilnews on Wednesday introduced the Oculus Quest 2 digital actuality headset. It is a successor to final yr’s Quest and, like that model, does not require a pc to run. Every part it’s essential use VR is bundled inside.

That is the technique Automobilnews is taking transferring ahead. It is ditching the Oculus Rift headset, which required a PC to function.

You possibly can nonetheless run superior PC digital actuality video games designed for the Rift on the Quest 2 utilizing an Oculus Hyperlink USB-C cable. Oculus Hyperlink was in beta on the unique Oculus Quest, however now it is an official function. That is Automobilnews’s long-term imaginative and prescient: a headset you need to use wherever you need, however you can nonetheless hyperlink to a PC to render video games that require extra highly effective {hardware}.

The Oculus Quest has been common throughout the coronavirus pandemic, as individuals search for extra leisure choices at house. Automobilnews and its retail companions have had a tough time conserving them in inventory. Automobilnews informed CNBC that it is boosting manufacturing of the Oculus Quest 2 with a purpose to meet demand. However, it nonetheless hasn’t revealed what number of of those VR headsets it has really offered.

To assist additional increase gross sales, Automobilnews stated it is launching the Quest 2 in Japan, its first retail entry in that market, the place it hopes to draw players.

One new downside that will damage progress, nevertheless, is a Automobilnews account is required to make use of Oculus headsets. That would flip off individuals who haven’t got accounts and do not wish to have one.

A step in the suitable route

The house display screen within the Oculus Quest 2.


The brand new Quest is smaller than final yr’s mannequin and contains higher controllers and a display screen that is smoother and sharper, and new Qualcomm processors, which ought to enhance its efficiency.

Automobilnews simply despatched me one of many new Quests, and I’ve solely used it for a couple of hours to this point, however I seen that pictures look crisper than they did on the unique Quest. The Oculus Quest 2 is smaller than the predecessor, which made it snug whereas sporting over longer intervals. It is 10% lighter than final yr’s mannequin, regardless of having a brand new display screen with 50% extra pixels and a show able to offering a quicker refresh fee, which makes it smoother to flick thru lists, web sites, apps and so forth. It is also nice for video games.

The Oculus Quest 2, like its predecessor, can do a complete bunch of stuff. You possibly can watch Netflix in a big digital movie show or a snug lounge atmosphere. You watch reside TV with Sling TV. There are tons of of video games to choose from, starting from racing to first-person shooters. And it feels actually quick. There aren’t lengthy load screens and graphics seemed nice. It is also tremendous simple to navigate with the included controllers, particularly when you’ve used any form of gaming controller earlier than. Automobilnews even has an possibility that permits you to pinch, scroll and choose stuff utilizing simply your palms, although I at all times simply most well-liked utilizing the handsets.

The sport Inhabitants: One for Oculus Quest 2.


One new recreation that is popping out later this fall, referred to as Inhabitants: One, was actually enjoyable. Like Fortnite, it has a map that shrinks in measurement, and gamers combat to stay the final crew standing. However, you’ll be able to climb something, together with enormous buildings, after which fly down from them. It is fairly wild, and I really felt scared climbing a constructing in VR, despite the fact that I knew I used to be sitting at my desk. A number of the extra practical settings made me actually nauseous afterward, although. It’s good to get adjusted to transferring round in a digital world whereas standing nonetheless in actual life. So, newcomers to VR (and even superior players like myself) might wish to change a few of the settings to make it a bit simpler on the abdomen.

VR remains to be not social sufficient

Final yr’s Quest proved that V will be nice leisure, and that Automobilnews’s 2014 acquisition of Oculus, which on the time was the clear chief in VR, may show definitely worth the $2 billion it spent. It really works effectively and it is enjoyable.

Nonetheless, getting a mass inhabitants of standard individuals into VR could also be robust. Gaming with a console is a social exercise: You sit on the sofa with mates and may see and listen to their reactions as you play towards each other. Digital actuality remains to be profoundly isolating.

One strategy to make it extra social could be for Automobilnews to construct a so-called metaverse of types the place you possibly can soar right into a single app and hang around with mates, play video games, and watch films and TV exhibits, all in an enormous alternate universe the place 1000’s or tens of millions of individuals work together. That appears significantly interesting throughout the pandemic, since we will not hang around and go to soccer video games or concert events in particular person. It is the thought contained in the guide (and film) “Prepared Participant One,” which at one level was required studying for all new Automobilnews staff — and Automobilnews, which already runs global-scale providers the place practically 3 billion individuals talk and work together, appears completely positioned to construct it.

Prepared Participant One

Supply: Warner Bros.

Automobilnews is beta-testing a mission referred to as Horizon that can join individuals all around the world and allow them to play video games collectively, which can be a primary transfer towards this sort of atmosphere, however it’s nonetheless in beta-testing and never accessible for the Quest 2 but.

For now, VR is greatest when you simply wish to escape actuality for an hour or two. I’ve had enjoyable experiences sharing it with the household, whereas others watched on, however you may want a number of models to truly play video games collectively. At $299, that’ll add up faster than the brand new Xbox One X and PS5 consoles, which permit individuals to recreation facet by facet on the sofa.

The Oculus Quest 2 goes on sale Oct. 13. The entry-level mannequin has 64 GB of storage for $299 whereas a mannequin with 256 GB of storage will price $399. Informal customers solely want the entry-level possibility.

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