The Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset is considered by many to be one of the best on the market today. Just over a month since the second-generation device’s release, Facebook’s Oculus division is preparing to roll out its first major update.
It includes two noteworthy features that make the headset more immersive and more useful. For one, users will be able to experience 90Hz refresh rates that make the viewing experience crisper. Another feature is the new Oculus Move fitness dashboard that serves as an activity tracker across various VR exercise apps.
It’s fairly common for companies to roll out major updates for new products shortly after their release. This provides an opportunity to troubleshoot launch bugs and gives developers more time to polish certain features.
Prior to the Oculus Quest 2’s release, the company told consumers that it would support 90Hz refresh rates. However, that capability wasn’t available when the headset launched last month. Instead, it was equipped with a base refresh rate of 72Hz.
All system-level apps on the Oculus platform will now support 90Hz by default. That should lead to a cleaner experience that users will appreciate.
Of course, not every VR app will appear in ultra-smooth 90Hz. Developers need to integrate support for the faster refresh rate in their titles. Popular apps and games like “Beat Saber,” “Superhot,” “Echo VR,” and “Racket: Nx” should see an update fairly quickly.
Meanwhile, users who connect their headset to a PC with either an Oculus Link cable or a USB 3.0 cable will also be able to access 90Hz refresh rates. A new interface has been created that allows users to tweak their graphics settings and toggle the refresh rate between 72Hz, 80Hz, and 90Hz.
This all comes as part of the v23 software update that is available as of Friday.
Although Oculus Quest 2 users can now view things in 90Hz, the company isn’t done with its first wave of major updates. Next week, it will be rolling out Oculus Move.
The system-level fitness tracker allows users to monitor their activity levels while they are wearing the headset. Anyone that’s used VR knows that it can be much more intense than it seems.
Certain apps are designed specifically for exercise. Others get you moving naturally. Now, whether users are actively trying to exercise in VR or are just burning extra calories by moving around, Oculus Quest 2 will track their expenditure. The new feature works across all games and apps, which is a nice bit of seamless engineering on Oculus’ part.
Oculus Move will track how many calories users burn and how long they are active while wearing the headset. Although those metrics are fairly simple compared to things like modern smartwatches it is a neat addition that’s specific to VR exercise.
The company says that Move will be rolling out gradually. Users should expect to start seeing it in the near future.