Facebook just revealed the Oculus Quest 2, a $300 successor to its most popular VR headset

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Oculus Quest 2
The Oculus Quest 2.
  • Facebook's virtual reality group revealed a new VR headset on Wednesday: the Oculus Quest 2.

  • The new headset is a sequel to the wildly popular Oculus Quest headset, which offers both wireless and wired virtual reality gaming. 

  • With the Oculus Quest 2, Facebook is making its main VR headset better — and less expensive — than ever: The base model starts at $300.

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Sony and Microsoft aren't the only two companies launching major new gaming hardware this holiday season. On Wednesday, Facebook revealed the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.

The new device — a successor to Facebook's most successful VR headset — is more powerful than its predecessor and more affordable: The Quest 2 starts at just $300, which includes two wireless controllers and the headset itself.

Like the original Quest, the Quest 2 doesn't require a PC to power virtual reality. It's a bit like the Nintendo Switch of virtual reality: You can play it unplugged, anywhere, as a standalone device, or you can plug it in to a PC and play more visually dazzling, PC-powered virtual reality games like "Half-Life: Alyx" that require more processing muscle.

So, what's different about the Quest 2 from the original? 

It's lighter, more powerful, and has a more capable screen. Most important of all, it's less expensive than the first Quest model: the Quest 2 starts at $300 with 64 GB of built-in storage, and the $400 model comes with 256 GB. 

Oculus Quest 2 (Home)
The updated virtual home that serves as the home screen for Quest 2.

The Quest 2 is also backwards compatible with the first-generation. If you've already got a Quest, your content will automatically come forward with you as part of your user account. 

Notably, the Quest 2 is considered the new flagship headset for Facebook. With the launch of the Quest 2 this October, Facebook is sunsetting the Oculus "Rift" line of headsets in favor of the Quest line. 

"We're going to focus on standalone VR headsets moving forward," a Facebook blog post reads. "We'll no longer pursue PC-only hardware, with sales of Rift S ending in 2021."

Pre-orders of the Oculus Quest 2 headset are available starting today through the Oculus website, with the full-on launch scheduled for October 13. GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are serving as retail partners for the launch.

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