Next week the Oculus Quest 2 officially launches, upgrading Facebook’s standalone virtual reality (VR) offering with a lighter, sharper design. Today, Facebook has confirmed several videogames released for the original Oculus Quest will be getting enhancement updates.
Five titles will be getting free updates to make use of the improved hardware so if you already own them and have the Oculus Quest 2 pre-ordered, download them to see the difference.
- Arizona Sunshine – Vertigo Games’ zombie shooter offers a single-player campaign and co-op modes in a post-apocalyptic Arizona. Once you’ve completed the storyline there’s the endless horde mode to fight waves of the undead.
- Ironlights – Indie developer E McNeill’s PvP dueler where players can fight each other in slow-motion, the update will add improved render resolution, an enhanced particle system and shading.
- Red Matter – The sci-fi puzzler from Vertical Robot takes place in an alternate future on an abandoned base on Rhea, one of Saturn’s moons. It’ll benefit from new textures and further LOD distances.
- Trover Saves the Universe – The outrageous VR adventure from Squanch Games, experience new crispy visuals, increased resolution, and improved framerate.
- Waltz of the Wizard – Becoming a powerful sorcerer on the Oculus Quest platform will look even better thanks to features like real-time lights, post-processing for realistic glow effects; more interactive objects, particle effects and increased detail across the world.
To make use of these updates you’ll need an Oculus Quest 2 which launches on 13th October 2020. Available in two models, the 64GB version for £299/$399 whilst the 256GB version retails for £399/$399. If you’ve not ordered one already then you’ll have a little wait as new orders on Oculus’ website ship at the end of October.
The headset will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform with 6GB RAM. There’s a fast-switch LCD display with 50% more pixels than before, offering a resolution of 1832×1920 per eye. Plus the refresh rate will be 72Hz at launch followed by 90Hz support in the future.
Whilst older content is getting an upgrade owners will also have new experiences to explore, with The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Population: One, Blaston, Little Witch Academia: VR Broom Racing, Rez Infinite, The Climb 2, Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge, Myst and Warhammer 40,000: Battle Sister all prepping for launch.
As further updates are released, VRFocus will let you know.