Oculus Quest 2’s first main replace brings 90Hz refresh charge
The Oculus Quest 2 VR (Virtual Reality) headset is considered by many to be one of the best on the market today. Just over a month after the second-generation device was released, Facebook’s Oculus division is preparing to roll out its first major update.
It includes two notable features that make the headset more immersive and useful. For one, users can experience refresh rates as high as 90 Hz, which makes the viewing experience sharper. Another feature is the new Oculus Move Fitness Dashboard, which serves as an activity tracker for various VR training apps.
It’s pretty common for companies to release important updates for new products soon after they are released. This provides an opportunity to troubleshoot startup errors and gives developers more time to improve on certain features.
Before the release of Oculus Quest 2, the company announced to consumers that it would support 90Hz refresh rates. However, that feature wasn’t available when the headset was launched last month. Instead, it was given a base update rate of 72 Hz.
All system-level apps on the Oculus platform now support 90Hz by default. This should result in a cleaner experience that users will appreciate.
Of course, not every VR app will display in ultra-smooth 90Hz. Developers need to incorporate support for the faster update rate into their titles. Popular apps and games like Beat Saber, Superhot, Echo VR, and Racket: Nx should update fairly quickly.
In the meantime, users who connect their headset to a PC with either an Oculus Link cable or a USB 3.0 cable can also access refresh rates of 90 Hz. A new interface has been created that allows users to adjust their graphics settings and toggle the refresh rate between 72 Hz, 80 Hz and 90 Hz.
This is all part of the v23 software update, which will be available starting Friday.
Although Oculus Quest 2 users can now view things in 90 Hz, the company isn’t done with its first wave of major updates. Oculus Move will be launched next week.
The system level fitness tracker allows users to monitor their activity levels while wearing the headset. Anyone who uses VR knows that it can be a lot more intense than it seems.
Certain apps have been specially developed for sports activities. Others naturally get you moving. Whether users are actively trying to exercise in VR or just burning extra calories by moving, Oculus Quest 2 will keep track of their expenses. The new feature works across all games and apps, which is a good piece of seamless engineering for Oculus.
Oculus Move tracks how many calories users burn and how long they are active while wearing the headset. While these metrics are pretty simple compared to modern smartwatches, it’s a nice addition that is specific to VR exercise.
The company says Move will be rolled out gradually. Users should expect to see it in the near future.