Oculus Quest 2 is getting a faster default refresh rate

Oculus Quest 2 refresh rate modifications are coming, as Meta is about to make 120Hz a default setting. While the efficiency choice at the moment exists as an “experimental characteristic,” it seems prefer it’ll turn into the first approach to take pleasure in apps and video games on the VR headset.

According to Oculus Quest 2 chief tech officer and Id Software founder John Carmack, the corporate will quickly swap 120Hz mode to “default-on.” The programming veteran additionally expresses assist for the change, stating that it “avoids the sparkle of 60fps show and makes imperfect launch tempo much less harsh.”

Naturally, ramping refresh charges as much as 120Hz may, in concept, have an effect on Oculus Quest 2 battery life. However, Carmack says it’ll truly solely kick in when “apps explicitly ask for it.” In different phrases, you’ll nonetheless have to play a supported sport like Superhot VR to learn from faster visuals (and sap the headset’s juice).

Making 120Hz a default on Quest 2 is in all probability a no-brainer, because it’ll save gamers from having to hunt the experimental choice out inside settings. It additionally means apps received’t soar to 90Hz if customers haven’t opted in – one thing that may trigger the flickering talked about by Carmack.

The Meta’s greatest VR headset has improved tenfold since its 2020 debut, and this newest refresh rate tweak ought to assist refine the expertise additional. That mentioned, Steam VR gamers are seemingly dropping the Oculus Quest 2 for a thriller different, which might be linked to both a current worth enhance or the corporate’s resolution to drop the Oculus model.

(*2*) VR headsets just like the Pico 4 could problem the Quest 2’s dominance quickly, however Meta is additionally set to disclose Project Cambria – an augmented actuality headset that may arrive with a Quest Pro label. In line with metaverse ambitions, CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the headset is extra of a work PC substitute than gaming tech, so we’ll want to attend and see whether or not it’s a true Quest 2 successor.


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