Oculus Quest 2 vs Oculus Quest: Full Comparison

7th October 2020

The Oculus Quest 2 is the next generation headset from the Facebook owned VR company. Released just 18 months after the original Quest it features some big upgrades. The first Quest set the standard for wireless VR headset and has been a run away success. With the release of the Quest 2 Oculus has improved upon the weaknesses of the original Quest to make it more powerful.

So is it worth upgrading to the Quest 2 and exactly what are the differences between the two? In this post I’ll be taking you through every difference between the original Quest and the Quest 2. By the end of this post you’ll have a very clear picture of the difference between the two.

Oculus Quest 2 vs Oculus Quest


SpecsOculus Quest 2Oculus Quest
Field of View 100°100°
Max Resolution1832×1920 per eye1600 x 1440 per eye
ScreentypeFast Twitch LCDOLED
Pixel Density538
SensorsAccelerometer, gyroscopeAccelerometer, gyroscope
ProcessorSnapdragon XR2Snapdragon 835
Max Refresh Rate75 hz, 90hz supported72 Hz
Tracking6 DOF Inside Out Tracking with 4 internal Cameras6DOF Inside Out Tracking with 4 Internal Cameras
Storage64 or 256GB64 or 128 GB
Battery2-3 hours2.5 hours
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon

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Quest 2 vs Quest: Design

Looking at both headsets we can see an instant difference in the build and design of the Quest 2 and original Quest. The first Quest is larger and heavier than the newer Quest 2. You’ll also notice a change in color from dark grey to a lighter shade.

The lower weight and smaller size is meant to make the headset more comfortable to wear for longer periods of time. One of the issues with the original Quest is the large size made is uncomfortable after a while, particularly due to its top heavy design.

The head strap has also been redesigned to improve the comfort of the headset which overall makes the Quest 2 a better design.

Another big difference in the design between there headsets is how they deal with IPD. If you didn’t know that’s the distance between the centre of your eyes. The original Quest is able to adjust the IPD to a wide range of settings, which means virtually anyone can find a comfortable setting. The new Quest is limited to just 3 settings which may mean some people won’t have a comfortable view of the display, however this will be a very small number in reality.

Both headsets feature in build headphones and microphone, you can also plug in your own headphones if you prefer.

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Quest 2 vs Quest: Hardware

The hardware that makes up the Quest 2 has been radically changed from the original Quest. One of the primary weak points of the first quest was the pretty weak processor that ran it; the Snapdragon 835 was a pretty weak processor when the Quest was released and 18 months later it’s looking very dated. A weak processor limits how well the headset can render graphics as well as the complexity of the games it can run.

Thankfully the biggest update to the Quest 2 (arguably) is a brand new processor which is over twice as powerful. The Snapdragon XR2 allows the Quest 2 to play better games, render sharper textures and overall make the headset run smoother. In my opinion this upgrade alone makes the Quest 2 a significant upgrade.

Other hardware improvements include a boost in RAM from 4GB to 6GB which will also boosts the gaming potential of the headset beyond what was possible before.

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Quest 2 vs Quest: Screen

Another big change between these two headsets is the screen technology used. Obviously the screen is a very important part of any VR headset, it’s what delivers the experience and you want it to be as sharp, clear and colorful as possible.

The original Quest features an OLED screen with a max resolution of 1600 x 1440 per eye and a 72Hz refresh rate. In comparison the new Quest 2 features a Fast Switch LCD screen with a max resolution of 1832×1920 per eye and a refresh rate up to 90Hz.

What does this mean in reality? Well you can see the direct comparisons below. Essentially the Quest 2 screen is sharper with far less visible pixels that the original Quest. The improved refresh rate will also mean any moving objects in games will appear smoother, however this feature isn’t available yet.

quest 2 vs quest

quest 2 vs quest

LCD vs OLED technology is interesting. The LCD screen is sharper and can display more details however OLED technology is better at delivering deep blacks and vivid colours. This is where the Quest 2 actually looses out slightly, however all in all the screen is a big upgrade and allows for a much better VR experience.

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Quest 2 vs Quest: Controllers

Another change between the original Quest and the Quest 2 is a slight redesign of the controllers. The Quest 2 controllers have been designed to be more ergonomic. The changes are subtle but positive. You’ll find a more comfortable grip, slightly wider spacing between the main buttons (to avoid accidentally pressing the wrong one).

There’s also a dedicated thumb rest on the Quest 2 controllers, designed so that you have somewhere to put your thumb when playing games that don’t require many button pushes. The handgrips are also larger, the triggers easier to use and the new battery case is studier and less likely to slide off.

The original Quest controllers didn’t give me many issues but the new ones are a noticeable improvement.

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Quest 2 vs Quest: Apps & Games

Both the Oculus Quest 2 and Quest can access the vast Oculus App store where you can choose from hundreds of games and experiences. At the moment the offering for both is identical, but you can expect that as more people buy the powerful Quest 2 that some games will be exclusive to that system.

Think of it as a transition similar to PS4 – PS5, at first most games will be available for both but as developers work out how to use the extra power they’ll drop the older system.

Both headsets also have access to Steam VR for even more VR games that are not available on the Oculus store. You can physically plug both Quest’s into a VR ready PC to enable this mode. Oculus Link will most likely work best on the Quest 2 with its faster processor but it also gives a boost to the Original Quest too.

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It’s pretty clear that the new Quest headset is a big upgrade from the original. In pretty much every respect Oculus have built on the success of the first headset and driven the system forward. What’s ever better is the Quest 2 is being sold for less than the Quest was when it was first released!

The biggest upgrades in my opinion are the new processor and screen, both of which make the Quest 2 the best value headset on the market in my opinion. The fact we can get such a great wireless VR experience for a reasonable price is quite astounding. If the new Quest is still out of your price range the good news is that the less powerful original Quest is still great fun and will likely be made cheaper.


See Also: VR Headset Comparison Table 


Owner of threesixtycameras.com. Writer, photographer and videographer. You can see my YouTube channel for guides of how to shoot 360 video. I've written for The Times, Digital Photography School and Sunday Express. 

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