Super smooth refresh rates may be coming to the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset sooner rather than later – but that doesn't mean every game will be able to support it.
Speaking on the rumored 120Hz update set to be landing soon on the Quest 2, veteran gaming legend and Facebook consulting CTO John Carmack moved to set expectations as to how far-reaching the update will be.
Answering a Twitter question regarding his confidence that Quest games will be able to run at 120Hz, Carmack stated that “Only a few existing games will be tweaked for 120, but some new titles will consider it an option in their design phase.”
Only a few existing games will be tweaked for 120, but some new titles will consider it an option in their design phase.March 1, 2021
Carmack's statement follows a tease from Andrew 'Boz' Bosworth, VP of Facebook Reality Labs, who had previously suggested a 120Hz mode was coming to the headset, which was, in turn, suggested to have a March 2021 beta release by Oculus tipster lja Z.
Though the Oculus Quest 2 is one of the best VR headsets we've tried, Carmack's words here are to be expected, and sensible. Remember, the Quest 2 originally launched with a default 72Hz refresh rate, with a later update allowing some developers to push their games to a smoother 90Hz limit last November. 120Hz refresh rates would be incredibly taxing for the Oculus Quest 2 hardware, and it may not be widely possible to retrofit support for it into existing games. Instead, games built from the ground up with 120Hz in mind seem a safer bet for effective support of the refresh rate, while those rocking a high-end gaming PC and an Oculus Link connection could likely benefit from the refresh rate boost, too.
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Oculus Quest 2 price drop
As the momentum builds behind the Oculus Quest 2 120Hz feature support, we've finally started to see some solid discounts for the virtual reality headset. UK retailer game Game has taken a fair chunk of change off the second-gen wire-free HMD, taking £20 off the asking price for both the 64GB and 256GB versions of the Oculus Quest 2 headset. (Scroll down for more Oculus Quest deals in your location, too).
Oculus Quest 2 256GB:
£399 £379.99 at Game
Need more storage space for all the VR adventures you're planning on going on? Game has also knocked £20 off of the top-of-the-line 256GB version of the Oculus Quest 2 headset, giving you more than enough room for dozens of VR games. It's also the cheapest price yet.
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Gerald is Editor-in-Chief of iMore.com. Previously he was the Executive Editor for TechRadar, taking care of the site's home cinema, gaming, smart home, entertainment and audio output. He loves gaming, but don't expect him to play with you unless your console is hooked up to a 4K HDR screen and a 7.1 surround system. Before TechRadar, Gerald was Editor of Gizmodo UK. He is also the author of 'Get Technology: Upgrade Your Future', published by Aurum Press.