The Oculus Quest 2 is in development behind closed doors, and it has seemingly been confirmed by Oculus itself. The Oculus Quest is the star of the Facebook-owned company’s current lineup, offering a premium wireless VR experience without the need for a high-end PC, so it makes sense that Oculus is developing a next-gen headset for release in the near future.
While there’s not much in the way of information available about the headset itself, codename Del Mar, we do now know a little more about the rumoured Jedi controllers said to be shipped alongside it. And, if the latest rumours are to be believed, the release has been delayed until 2021.
The Oculus Quest 2 could’ve been released in 2020, but following the COVID-19 pandemic and reported delays in the supply chain, we could be waiting until 2021.
The news comes via an industry expert that spoke to Bloomberg, with the source claiming that Facebook was originally planning to launch the standalone Quest 2 at the company’s annual Oculus Connect in September or October this year. But, following alleged logistical issues and shipping delays, the release has said to have been pushed back to 2021 at the earliest.
While that may come as a disappointment to some, the rumoured delay does give Oculus-owned Facebook time to stockpile units ahead of launch to avoid the same inventory issues it faced with the launch of the original Oculus Quest, which we can only assume was way more popular than Oculus was expecting it to be.
Plus, missing the Christmas 2020 launch window might be a smart move for the Quest 2, especially with the next-gen PS5 and Xbox Series X both tipped to launch at the same time.
Being so far from a potential release date, there’s no word yet on how much the Oculus Quest successor could cost, but we can get an idea by looking at previous Oculus releases. Let’s take the Oculus Rift as an example: the original headset retailed at £399/$399 (after a price drop) and despite the various upgrades on offer from the second-gen Oculus Rift S, the company didn’t raise the price.
So, with that being said, it’s highly likely that the Oculus Quest 2 will cost the same as the current Quest headset, starting at £399/$399 with 64GB of storage. Of course, we’ll update this section if we hear anything more concrete, so check back frequently for the latest details.
The first mention of an Oculus Quest successor came from Oculus itself – though likely by accident. As first discovered on Reddit before being confirmed by UploadVR, the Oculus developer documentation website leaked not only the codename for a new headset, but the existence of a new controller and a ‘First Access’ program for select developers. The headset sports the moniker Del Mar, while the controllers are nicknamed Jedi internally.
Facebook has indicated in past interviews that the Oculus Go successor will likely forego controllers and utilise the controller-free hand-tracking tech currently available on the Quest, so it’s likely that the Del Mar headset is indeed a reference to the Oculus Quest successor.
As is the way with these things, once the leaks start, they often don’t stop. Weeks later, Geralt McAlister of RGB Schemes found a driver for the aforementioned Jedi controller embedded within the latest firmware update for the Oculus Quest. Whether this confirms that the Oculus Quest will be compatible with the Jedi controllers is yet to be seen, but UploadVR analysed the driver and found a few interesting details about the next-gen kit.
Crucially, the driver file suggests that the next-gen controller won’t be a complete redesign, despite the sexy Jedi codename that got some in the VR excited about what Facebook might be working on. It reveals that the Jedi controllers feature the same thumbstick, index trigger, grip trigger, A/X button, B/Y button and system/menu button as the current Oculus Touch controllers.
Other improvements to the controllers include an upgraded vibration motor, improved accelerometers and gyroscopes to help estimate the position of the controllers when not in view of the headset and tracking improvements that could allow for lower latency hand tracking.
The headset itself, however, is still largely a mystery. Beyond the Del Mar internal branding, there are little confirmed details about the headset itself – but what could it feature? We expect rather standard upgrades, including a jump from the ageing Snapdragon 835 processor, improvements to the overall fit, a more balanced design and hopefully even support for Bluetooth headphones, but this is all pure speculation at this point.
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