One day after the keynote Apple during which he presented new iPads and new Apple Watch, Facebook is starting its Facebook Connect conference during which the company presents the novelties of its hardware ecosystem.
Indeed, Facebook is not satisfied with its social networks, but is also interested in virtual reality and augmented reality. And during its conference, the company lifted the veil on its new headset: the Oculus Quest 2. This is an improved version of the Oculus Quest that Facebook launched in 2019 with significant improvements to the level. performs.
While theOculus Quest used a smartphone processor, the Snapdragon 835, the Oculus Quest 2 uses a processor specially designed for virtual reality, the Snapdragon XR2, combined with 6 GB of RAM. The screen displays a resolution of 1,832 x 1,920 pixels per eye and Facebook says this new model has 50% more pixels than the previous version. In addition, thanks to the gain in graphics power, the Oculus Quest 2 is able to take a load at a rate of 90 Hz.
Controllers have also been improved. Facebook explains that the new design of the Oculus Quest 2 controllers is more ergonomic. These also have better energy efficiency. As a result, autonomy can be multiplied by four. The new headset is lighter, weighing 10% less than the Oculus Quest. Facebook has also made an effort in terms of price since the Oculus Quest 2 will be available from 349 euros. Its predecessor cost more than 400 euros.
The end of the Oculus Rift
When Facebook launched into virtual reality, its first product was the Oculus Rift. This headset was quite expensive and required a powerful blower PC (hence, quite expensive too). Also, the Oculus Rift was far from practical, due to the wires that had to be plugged in and the sensors that had to be installed in the room.
With the Oculus Quest (which does not require computers), Facebook has found the right compromise between practicality and performance, while offering the product at an affordable price. As well, after announcing the end of the Oculus Go, the company also announces the end of theOculus Rift S (a version of the Oculus Rift).
However, the Rift platform will not disappear since it suffices to connect an Oculus Quest or an Oculus Quest 2 to a computer (for more power), via a USB cable, to enjoy the experience we had on the headsets. Oculus Rift or Oculus Rift S. The functionality that allows this connection with a PC, Oculus Link, is out of beta.
In other words, the user will be able to use the Oculus Quest 2 without a PC for low-power games, and for games that require a PC, he can connect this headset with a simple USB cable.
Facebook’s first augmented reality glasses land in 2021 (with the Ray-Ban brand)
We already knew that Facebook is developing augmented reality glasses. Moreover, Mark Zuckerberg thinks that these glasses will replace smartphones during the next decade. And today we know when the company’s first AR glasses will be released.
“We announced a multi-year partnership with EssilorLuxottica – eyewear makers from Oakley and Ray-Ban to Armani, Versace and more. Together, we will create and market a pair of Ray-Ban branded smart glasses in 2021. They will combine innovative technology with cutting-edge style and help people connect better with friends and family ”, we read in an Oculus blog.