If you plan to put your Oculus Quest VR headset to sleep to try to make some money before launching Oculus Quest 2, you may want to reconsider: Facebook’s next VR headset may be delayed until 2021 or later.
Industry experts who spoke to Bloomberg claim that Facebook originally planned to announce the Oculus Quest 2 during this year’s Oculus Connect, according to industry experts. This conference usually takes place in late September or early October, but now, due to shipping delays and logistical problems, it may not take place until 2021.
Facebook’s next standalone VR headset, codenamed Del Mar, allegedly offers additional RAM, faster battery life and faster processor, as well as ergonomic improvements like reduced size and weight.
AndroidCentral and UploadVR also note that the Quest 2 may include a redesigned controller that could offer improvements in tracking, haptics, and finger detection, which could help the Quest close the gap with PC-based headsets. more premium like the Valve Index.
The main reason for the delay, as you can imagine, is the problems associated with the latest coronavirus pandemic – basically, not all workers are working and power lines could be messed up for a while.
That said, the delay could give Facebook more time to store units before launch to avoid another inventory problem like it had with the original Quest, and the extra time could also give developers more time to work with the hardware – both the headset and the new controllers.
In addition, missing the Holiday 2020 launch window could help Quest 2 avoid the marketing fray that should manifest itself around the launch of the Xbox Series X and PS5, arguably the two largest versions of gaming hardware. to come up.
That said, we love to see new hardware and look forward to the next standalone headset from Oculus. The current iteration is one of the best virtual reality headsets of 2020 and can only get better once the specifications have increased in the next generation.
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