Facebook says the Quest 2 is about 10% lighter than before, and it’s also a bit smaller, which should ease the annoyance of the first model. There is also a new headband that is based on flexible material, instead of the rigid mechanism from before. The revamped controllers also take some cues from the Rift touch controllers. They are slightly larger and bring back the thumb support that I was missing a lot from the first mission.
The company is also making Quest 2 more customizable this time around. It plans to offer several faceplate options for wider and narrower heads. And if you missed the previous headband, it will return as a “premium” option with room for a rear battery pack. Facebook claims the extra battery will double the Quest 2’s range and act as a counterweight to balance the entire gizmo on your head.
So, with the Oculus Quest 2 being so capable, what’s the point of the Rift S? Well, it seems even Facebook realizes that the mediocre headset is no longer of much use. The company says it will stop selling Rift S in the spring and focus on the Quest 2 as a flagship device for next year. It is also dedicating resources to building more Quest 2 units (to help overcome earlier production problems) and is making a bigger push in Japan.
You will be able to grab Mission 2 on October 13th. The $ 299 model will come with 64GB of storage, but there’s also a $ 399 model with 256GB for game accumulators out there.