18 September 2020 04:36

Qualcomm's XR2 platform powers oculus Quest 2, but Facebook does not use Ultraleap's technology.

Facebook unveils Oculus Quest 2 VR headset for $299

Oculus Quest 2 is getting 'Infinite Office' features with the aim of making it suitable for real productivity. While presented as a new experience, what we see in the Infinite Office trailer is actually an evolution of the current Quest interface, introduced as an Experimental feature back in March and now the default. The Oculus Browser built-into Quests is Chromium-based, meaning it's widely compatible with web sites and web-based apps. It got multi-window support this year, which Facebook seems to now be pitching as a Chromebook alternative. Earlier previews of Infinite Office showed it displaying programs streamed from your Windows PC, but there's no sign of that yet here.

You can already set your Quest to show Passthrough+, the real world via the black & white cameras, instead of a virtual home environment. The trailer shows a new slider for passthrough letting you adjust how much of the real world shows through. Everyone knows typing in VR sucks. Facebook is partnering with Logitech to bring the K830 keyboard in VR. You should be able to pair it directly with Quest 2 and see it, and your hands typing on it, in VR.

Oculus Browser will get support for its trackpad, letting you precisely manipulate content. We obviously haven't tested this yet so we wouldn't recommend going out and buying the keyboard just yet to have as an accessory for Quest 2. We'll have updates as soon as we're able to go hands-on with the new experience. But key to Infinite Office is for now announced only for Quest 2- the ability to define persistent surface panels- like tables and couches. Just like your Guardian bounds, these are persistently saved.

That means you can set your virtual browser window positions once and not have to re-position them each time. Infinite Office rolls out as an 'Experimental' feature set "this winter". Facebook has launched the next generation of Oculus Quest VR headset this week. The Quest 2 gets a slew of improved features and still gets a price tag of $299 (Rs 21,827 approx). The popular Quest VR headset successor was initially planned to launch by the end of 2020.

However, it seems the company has managed to meet the deadline with ease. Also Read - Facebook Messenger launches 'Watch Together' feature: All you need to know Also Read - Facebook launches 'Facebook Campus' for college students Quest 2 comes powered the Snapdragon XR2 platform. Qualcomm has built this platform specifically for virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) devices. And it is claimed to improve the overall performance of the Quest 2 headset. The device also gets 6GB RAM to offer better VR visuals, something that has seen a gradual evolution over the years. Also Read - Facebook launches a webpage to highlight WhatsApp security bugs Watch: Ubisoft Forward: Prince of Persia The Sands of Time Remake and other titles announced Facebook Oculus Quest 2 specifications The display on the Quest 2 supports 1832 x 1920 pixels resolution with 90Hz refresh rate. But Facebook mentioned that during the launch, the support is limited to 72Hz refresh rate, since not all applications can make use of the higher refresh rate. In terms of the design, Quest 2 gets some much needed attention. VR headsets should ideally be comfortable to wear for longer duration. And the Quest 2 accommodates those needs with its lighter design, helping it reduce the weight by 10 percent. On the headset, there is a soft-touch strap, that will allow users to experience VR without any discomfort. Oculus pointed out the controllers with the Quest 2 can last up to hours longer than its predecessor. However, using the Quest 2 won't be possible without having logged in to Facebook account. So, if you don't have one, Quest 2 will force you to get it. The VR headset comes in two variants, one with 64GB of onboard storage that is priced at $299 and you have the 256GB model that costs $399. Oculus will start taking pre-orders from this week and shipping happens next month. As always, this headset won't coming to markets like India, but we're hopeful Facebook considers it in the near future. Facebooked announced plans to release a next-level version of its Oculus Quest virtual reality headset. The social media giant said Wednesday that its Quest 2 will perform better and offer higher resolution graphics compared to its predecessor. The device is designed to be smaller and lighter with a price tag that is $100 cheaper than the original. Like the first generation Quest, the headset doesn't require that you have a computer or smartphone to play games. It's wireless and all the software and hardware you need is included in the box. Facebook redesigned the headset. However, from afar, it looks a lot like the original but with a light gray exterior instead of black. The Quest 2 has a slimmer profile and is 10% lighter than the original "so it's more portable and easier to wear," Facebook says. The social networking site is also offering optional accessories to make the headset more comfortable to wear. And the box includes redesigned Touch controllers, which you use to complete actions in the virtual environment. Facebooks said the controllers are designed to deliver battery life that's up to four times longer than the original. Performance wise, the refreshed VR headset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2 processor. It also produces 50% more pixels to enhance the visuals. Facebook also said it's ditching PC-only hardware to focus more on the Oculus Quest line. In 2021, the company will discontinue sales of its Rift S headset that requires a PC, Facebook said. Oculus isn't just for gaming. You can use the headset to get active with titles like FitRX and the wildly popular Beat Saber. National Geographic offers virtual tours of famous landmarks. And Facebook is ushering in new experiences from Star Wars and Jurassic World later this year. The Quest 2 has a $299 price tag. Pre-orders are open now and shipments start October 13. ©2020 USA Today Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Facebook's Quest 2 doesn't use Ultraleap hand-tracking, even though the processor in the headset features Ultraleap tracking. A couple of weeks ago, Qualcomm and Ultraleap announced a multi-year deal that would see Ultraleap's hand-tracking technology integrated into Qualcomm's XR2 extended reality platform. We guessed that the upcoming Quest 2 would take advantage of this technology, but it turns out we were wrong. Qualcomm's XR2 platform powers oculus Quest 2, but Facebook does not use Ultraleap's technology. Facebook Reality Labs put a lot of time and effort into developing its hand-tracking solution for the Quest headset, and it isn't about to throw that investment out the window. Quest 2 utilizes the same tracking technology-albeit improved--as the first Quest headset. The new headset has different cameras, and obviously more power to process the hand-tracking data to provide a better tracking experience. Facebook Reality Labs developers and researchers also had more than a year to fine-tune the tracking software. The fact that Quest 2 does not support Ultraleap hand tracking makes the timing of Qualcomm's announcement even more curious. What XR2 device could there be around the corner that does support Ultraleap's technology? Check out our other Quest 2 coverage for more details about Facebook's new VR headset. The Oculus Quest 2 is the best VR headset you can buy It's lighter, faster, and considerably cheaper than its predecessor.