Facebook officially announced the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality glasses at its Facebook Connect event Wednesday night. The new glasses will cost 299 euros and will be on the market on October 13.
Augmented reality is also present on Connect
A lot of information about the Quest 2 has leaked in recent weeks. The glasses are slightly lighter than its predecessor, 503 grams, and have a softer band around the head.
The screen has a resolution of 1832×1920 per eye, significantly more than the 1440×1600 of the first Quest. The image refresh rate is initially still the same: 72Hz. Later this will be stretched to 90Hz with a software update.
Facebook says it will stop manufacturing the Oculus Rift. These were the company’s first VR glasses to be connected to a PC with a cable. Facebook now only wants to make VR glasses that can be used independently of a PC.
In addition, the company announced virtual reality games from the series Assassin’s Creed in Splinter Cell.
Facebook Reality Labs, the new name of the virtual and augmented reality branch of Facebook, is also working on its own AR glasses.
The company is sending employees this month to test out Project Aria’s new technology, but says these specific glasses are only used to gather information about the environment. It wants to use this to improve the ultimate AR glasses for the consumer market.
For example, Facebook first wants to be sure that the glasses will not violate the privacy of others. The company also says it wants to first study the effect of augmented reality products on non-users, with an emphasis on marginalized groups.
Facebook hopes to be able to launch its first ‘smart glasses’ next year, in collaboration with sunglasses manufacturer Luxottica, the company behind Ray-Ban. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called the glasses “a step towards AR glasses” in a statement.
With augmented reality, information is displayed over and above reality. For example, Facebook hopes that in the future it will be possible to make video calls via the screen of your glasses.