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Facebook’s Quest 2 VR Headset Is Lighter, Faster and Cheaper

  • The all-in-one Oculus Quest 2 requires no external computer
  • Company plans to discontinue PC-connected Rift model
Oculus Quest 2
Oculus Quest 2Source: Facebook Inc.

Facebook Inc. is upgrading its Oculus Quest all-in-one virtual reality headset with a faster processor for improved gaming, higher-resolution screens and a lighter design as it looks to fend off rivals in the growing VR space. The new headset’s power improvements have given the company enough confidence to discontinue its PC-connected Oculus Rift from next spring.

The social network’s hardware arm announced the Quest 2 on Wednesday at its virtual Facebook Connect conference about a year and a half after the first iteration went on sale. The initial model was praised for its all-in-one capabilities -- functioning without the need to tether to an external computer -- but was constrained by supply shortages and some basic hardware and form factor limitations.