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Facebook just announced the Oculus Quest 2, a successor to its Quest virtual reality headset from 2019. At $299 for the base model, the new beefed-up and slimmed-down Quest is $100 cheaper than its predecessor. It’s also shipping within a few weeks: preorders opened today, and it will be available for purchase in 22 countries on October 13th.

Facebook will retire its Oculus Rift S next year and the original Quest supply is already sold out in many places, so the Quest 2 will soon be the only option for Oculus headset buyers.

The Quest 2 has the same basic features as the Quest. It’s a self-contained VR headset that doesn’t require a gaming PC or any external tracking sensors. It uses four built-in cameras to let people move around in VR, and it ships with two Oculus Touch motion controllers as well as limited controller-free hand tracking. The Quest 2 and original Quest share a game library, and both can be tethered to a gaming PC with a USB-C cable, letting users play more graphically intensive games that were once limited to the Rift.

But the Quest 2 has some key upgrades as well. It’s got a much higher-resolution screen and a faster processor, as well as reduced weight and a more comfortable, optional head strap accessory. As a downside, it’s the first VR headset to require a Facebook account instead of a discrete Oculus account.

There aren’t many consumer-ready standalone headsets shipping in the US, so the Quest 2 doesn’t have a lot of direct competition. But here’s how it stacks up against the original Quest, plus some competing PC-based VR headsets.

Oculus Quest 2 vs. Oculus Quest Device Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Quest Valve Index HTC Vive Cosmos HP Reverb G2 Device Oculus Quest 2 Oculus Quest Valve Index HTC Vive Cosmos HP Reverb G2
Starting Price $299 $399 $999 $699 $599
Pixels per eye 1832 x 1920 1440 x 1600 1440 x 1600 1440 x 1700 2160 x 2160
Screen refresh rate 72Hz at launch, 90Hz to come 72Hz 80Hz to 144Hz 90Hz 90Hz
Weight 503 grams 571 grams 809 grams 645 grams 550 grams
Tracking Internal cameras Internal cameras External SteamVR towers Internal cameras (SteamVR with upgrade) Internal cameras
Battery capacity Two to three hours Two to three hours N/A N/A N/A
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 N/A N/A N/A
Storage 64GB or 256GB 64GB or 128GB N/A N/A N/A
Color White Black Black Turquoise Black
Facebook required? Yes No No No No
Controller charging AA batteries (2) AA batteries (2) Rechargeable AA batteries (4) AA batteries (4)

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YouTuber Reviews Xbox Next-Gen Consoles Design

Microsoft announced most details regarding its next-gen Xbox consoles a few weeks ago. While the pre-orders are now live for the consoles, no one has officially received a physical unit yet. However, Microsoft has sent out non-functional prototypes to popular tech YouTubers who review such products. Just like every other technological product, it’s a market strategy to help people decide which product to buy.

Marques Brownlee is a famous tech review YouTuber. He recently got his hands on both the Series X and the Series S model of the Xbox. Since the consoles were without the computing hardware, he reviewed the design.

Xbox Series X

Series X is the flagship model and it will retail for $499. The console comes in a matte black finish and looks like a simple, plain cuboid. It can be placed both horizontally and vertically, as it has nubs for the same. However, the main ventilation fan is placed on the top. The grill covering the top is also black with a green highlight. Although the highlight looks like lighting, it’s actually paint.

At the front is the Xbox logo, which also functions as the power button. Additionally, there is a disk drive and its eject button, a USB port for the controller, and the connect button for wireless controllers.

The back of the console features 2 USB ports, one ethernet port, one HDMI port, and a slot for memory expansion. It also has a few more grills for ventilation.

Xbox Series S

The Series S is a much smaller device and has been dubbed as the smallest Xbox ever. The console, which will retail for $399, comes in a matte white finish with a black circular ventilation grill in the front. It’s slimmer than the Series X and is missing the optical drive.

Users can place the console both horizontally and vertically since the device features nubs for the same. However, it is recommended users place it horizontally since placing it vertically would cover one of the ventilation grills.

In the front, the Series S has just the circular ventilation grill while it features the power button on the side, again as the Xbox logo. It also has a USB port and a connect button for wired and wireless controllers.

At the back, the Series S has similar outlets as the Series X. It features 2 USB ports, one ethernet port, one HDMI port, a slot for memory expansion, and a small ventilation grill.


While both the models look simple and could fit in with most of the interior designs, Marques thinks that the Series S looks “sleek and modern.” He further remarked, “People don’t want an alien spaceship looking thing.”

Apart from the design, Marques also has doubts about Microsoft’s market strategy and thinks it’s worth putting in the extra two hundred bucks for the performance upgrade Series X has to offer.

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