The latest v23 update ramps up the max refresh rate for your VR games to 90Hz, a decent step above the 72Hz enjoyed by the original Quest headset.
One of the Quest 2's biggest selling points is the improved refresh rate over its predecessor – though at launch the new headset only supported 90Hz for a number of menus. This update ensures that all system software can benefit from the hardware's increased capabilities, with selected third-party software that can maintain a 90fps frame rate also getting a visual boost.
The release notes for the update cite some other improvements, including "latency reduction technology" to reduce lag, and "improved image resolution" for all "system UI" – so we're expecting at least a small uptick in viewing quality from this.
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The English writer G. K. Chesterton wrote that "the essence of every picture is the frame" – and we think we can apply that to the frame rate too. The ability to cram 90 frames into every second ensures a smoother visual experience with less screen judder, compared to 72fps, and likely less motion sickness too.
For fast-moving VR games, say first-person shooters like Half-Life: Alyx or the high-tempo Beat Saber, you're getting a lot of visual information per second, so having a high refresh rate really does make a difference to what you see and when you see it.
The Oculus Quest 2 launch has certainly been a success, with a huge number of pre-orders showing increased interest in VR – even if Facebook's handling of the Oculus platform has drawn criticism. The need to sign in to any new Oculus headset with a Facebook account, and the danger of having your data and downloads deleted if you ever try to leave the Facebook ecosystem, is understandably ruffling feathers.
Evaluating the Quest 2 is tricky, then – but as a piece of VR hardware, with ever-improving capabilities, it's hard not to see its potential.
- Read our Oculus Quest 2 review