This article highlights the main differences between the recently released Oculus Quest 2 and its predecessor, the Oculus Quest 1.
The main difference is the much-improved chipset. The new Oculus headset works with a Snapdragon XR2 system, allowing better and more comprehensive games and applications to be played on the VR headset. This is a significant improvement over the old system the Oculus Quest 1 used, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.
The improved screen resolutions results in better visual experience. The Oculus Quest 2 has a screen resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye, while its predecessor comes out at 1440 x 1600 pixels per eye. This is an increase of approximately 50% which will provide a much sharper image.
In addition, the new Oculus VR headset has an LCD screen instead of an OLED screen. An OLED screen consists of pixels that glow by themselves, while that is not the case with LCD. There, light is made possible by small LED lights that are mounted around the screen. A disadvantage of LCD is that the color black cannot be displayed one hundred percent – unlike OLED – but this disadvantage is minimal.
The Oculus Quest 1 still had a sturdy headband, in its successor it has been replaced by a looser band. We recommend buying the sturdy headband for optimal user-friendliness. This costs 50 euros. The advantage of the separate headband is that the new VR headset is a lot lighter: 503 grams against 571 grams with the Oculus Quest 1.
With the new Oculus Quest 2, it is mandatory to link it to your Facebook account. It is not possible to configure it without the link. With the Oculus Quest 1, you could use an Oculus account, but unfortunately, this is no longer possible.
Price of the Oculus Quest 2
The price of the Oculus Quest 2 is of course also striking. In the Netherlands, the headset costs only 288 euros excluding VAT, a significant decrease compared to the previous Oculus Quest 1, which cost 380 euros excluding VAT.
That price is so low because a Facebook account is required to log in. Facebook, the owner of Oculus, takes great advantage of the data of headset users, which is released after they log in.
Alternatives to the Oculus Quest 2
For business use, the headset does not seem very suitable. A good alternative is the Pico Neo 3 Pro. This is a similar headset to the Oculus Quest 2 but runs on an open Android system, so a user does not need to create an account. The Pico Neo 3 Pro is however more expensive.
These are the main technical differences between the Quest 1 and 2.
|Oculus Quest 1||Oculus Quest 2|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
|1440 x 1600|
1832 x 1920
|Sturdy hard band|
|€ 380 * excl VAT|
€ 288 * excl VAT
|64GB or 256 GB|
128GB or 256GB
|Refresh Rate||72Hz possible support for 90Hz|
More info about the Quest 2
If you’re in doubt if the Quest 2 is the right headsets for business use, please check out our FAQ about the Quest 2.