Until now offered with 64GB of storage in its cheapest version, the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset will be upgraded to at least 128GB, with no price increase. A new facial foam is also making an appearance.
Nine months after its launch, Oculus’ latest standalone VR headset, the Quest 2, is about to get a small hardware update. While the two versions of the headset, priced at €349 and €449, have so far included 64GB and 256GB of storage, the cheaper version will very soon see that space doubled, and now reach 128GB, with no price change. The 256GB version, meanwhile, will remain on sale at the same price.
A new facial interface to solve skin irritation problems
In addition to this minor change, Oculus will also – and in a sense, especially – take the opportunity to make a small addition to the battery of accessories that come standard with the headset. This will now include a silicone cover that can be slipped around the headset’s face pad. In this way, the Facebook subsidiary hopes to remedy a problem reported by a small number of headset users, who claimed that the foam in question was causing them skin irritation.
“While the reporting rate is low and the majority of reported cases are minor, we are committed to ensuring that our products are safe and comfortable for everyone who uses them,” the company said in its statement (signed Andrew Bosworth, director of Facebook Reality Labs, and a long-time close collaborator of Mark Zuckerberg). We took the reports of skin irritation very seriously as soon as we became aware of them, and from December onwards, we quickly conducted a thorough investigation, including receiving advice from leading dermatologists and toxicologists. These experts indicated that skin irritation can occur in certain segments of the population from many household products, even products such as tomatoes or shampoo, and that the rates we observed were within expectations. Our investigation determined that our manufacturing process is safe, meaning that no unexpected or hazardous contaminants were found in the Quest 2 foam interface or in the manufacturing process.”
Free shipping program for current users
The release also states that Quest 2 sales are temporarily suspended while the new packs arrive in the hands of resellers. At the time of writing, the headset does indeed seem to have already deserted almost all shelves. However, we’re promised that it’s only a matter of “a few weeks” before it’s back on the shelves.
In the meantime, those who already own a Quest 2 are not forgotten: they can now <a href=”https://www.oculus.com/quest-2/removable-facial-interface-alert/” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow noopener”>fill out a form on the official Oculus website to receive the free silicone cover.