Ever since its launch back in late 2020, Meta have continued to improve the Quest 2 headset over time with new features, while also unlocking the maximum power of the hardware itself. Alongside the announcement of the Quest 3, Meta confirmed that a future software update will boost the performance of the previous-gen headset by up to 26%.
As part of the Quest 3 announcement, Meta discussed the role of the now 2 and a half year old Quest 2 headset. Alongside a price drop, the hardware manufacturer revealed that “In an upcoming software update, we’re updating the Quest 2 and Quest Pro GPU and CPU.”
Offering more specifics, the team stated that “Quest 2 and Pro will see an up-to 26% CPU performance increase with an up-to 19% GPU speed increase for Quest 2 and 11% for Quest Pro,” adding that “as developers take advantage of these changes, you can expect smoother gameplay, a more responsive UI, and richer content on both headsets.”
Meta did not state whether this increased performance is due to overclocking the hardware or simply thanks to a bunch of optimisations. Either way, seeing an up to 26% increase in power is impressive, especially for the VR market – where hardware gets outdated rather quickly.
In previous updates we have seen the Quest 2 get a whole host of new features including a boost in the headset’s refresh rate from 90hz to 120hz as well as full-on hand tracking – to name just two. It will be interesting to see how the hardware continues to evolve.
KitGuru says: What do you think of the Quest 2? Is it still a viable headset when compared to its successor? What has been your favourite post-launch Quest feature? Let us know down below.