The Oculus Quest 2 VR headset may have just been leaked, after an image of an apparent Quest successor showed up on a known leaker's Twitter account.
Sporting a white and pink coloring, the headset appears to be a new iteration on the Oculus Quest headset released in 2019, with a slimmer, lighter design and a host of subtle aesthetic changes.
pic.twitter.com/rBvJpCfRmTJuly 22, 2020
First up is the strap, which appears to have ditched the Quest's velcro for a simpler attachment solution, though how this will be adjustable isn't immediately clear from the image. The headset definitely seems slimmed down, and this fits with our expectations of a cheaper model designed to bring Oculus Quest within reach of more budgets.
It's still wireless, of course, which is the Quest's main draw over the more powerful Rift S headset, which has to be tethered to a PC. Slightly adjusted camera positions, though, indicate that the field of view for hand-tracking could be wider than before.
Road to VR also notes the lack of a visible IPD slider – a mechanism for moving the screen to a position you can focus on more clearly – which could mean the Quest 2 is cutting costs with a single screen, rather than including one screen for each eye.
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Is this legit?
The leak comes only days after tech news website Nikkei claimed the Oculus Quest 2 was in the works, and in fact entering production in the month of July. This ran counter to sources claiming in May that the headset had been delayed to 2021, but there's now little doubt that something is on its way, either this year or next.
With the current Quest headset retailing at $399 / £399 (about AU$730) for the 64GB version, and $499 / £499 (about AU$920) for the 128GB version, and with the cheaper Oculus Go model now discontinued, we expect a Quest 2 headset to undercut the price of its predecessor - we'll be the first to update you when it's formally announced.
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Henry is a freelance technology journalist, and former News & Features Editor for TechRadar, where he specialized in home entertainment gadgets such as TVs, projectors, soundbars, and smart speakers. Other bylines include Edge, T3, iMore, GamesRadar, NBC News, Healthline, and The Times.