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Is the Meta Quest 2 Still Worth it? Quest 2 Review 2024

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As the Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) approaches its forth birthday, it remains the most popular virtual reality headset ever released. Now owned by meta, the headset has a vast library of games and apps available and aims to be a leader in the VR and Metaverse market. One of the standout features of the Meta Quest 2 is its ability to play games directly from the headset without the need for a PC or console connection. The Quest 2 has also received a permanent price reduction, and can now be purchased for just $250, making it a very affordable way to get into VR.

However, with new competitors entering the market like the Pico 4 and the now the release the Quest 3 it’s worth considering whether the Meta Quest 2 is still worth purchasing in 2024, or is this tech too outdated now.

This review has been updated for 2024.

Verdict

7.7
Resolution and Performance:
7
Tracking:
8
Game Library:
10
Comfort:
5
Convenience:
9
Value for Money:
7

Pros and Cons

ProsCons
Direct access to the Meta store with Meta ExclusivesUncomfortable headstrap and face gets hot during prolonged use
Self contained and wirelessShort battery life (2-3 hours)
Ability to connect to PC via Link cable to unlock PCVR titlesResolution not as good as newer headsets
Affordability, in comparison to other headsetsOutdated – 4 years old
Pros and Cons of buying a Meta Quest 2

Resolution

With a resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye. This allows for decent visuals, making the virtual reality experience more immersive and lifelike. The Quest 2’s refresh rate is updated to 90Hz, where the VR headset will be able to run natively at 90Hz in all apps and games.

In terms of performance, the Meta Quest 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor, which provides fast and smooth performance during gameplay and other VR experiences. This has now been beaten by the newer Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipsets found in the quest 3.

The headset also features 6GB of RAM, which allows for multitasking and smooth operation of multiple apps and games at the same time. Overall, the Meta Quest 2 provided excellent resolution and performance for its time. In 2024 it is starting to fall behind what other headsets have to offer and has about half the graphical performance compared to the quest 3.

Meta Quest 2 VS Pico 4 Specs

SpecificationMeta Quest 2Pico 4
Weight503g (front loaded)586 grams (balanced)
Resolution1832 x 1920 pixels per eye 2160 x 2160 pixels per eye
Lens typeFast-Switch LCD DisplayPancake Lens
Refresh rate60 Hz, 72 Hz, 90 Hz72 Hz, 90Hz
Field of view90 degrees105 degrees
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
RAM6GB8 GB LPDDR4
Storage128GB or 256GB128GB or 256GB
Battery life3 hours2.5 hours
Release DateOctober 13, 2020October 18, 2022
Price for 128gb$250$400
Pico 4 vs Meta Quest 2

As you can see on paper, the Pico 4 blows the Meta Quest 2 out of the water.

Meta Quest 2 VS Quest 3 Specs

SpecificationMeta Quest 2Quest 3
Weight503g (front loaded)515 grams (front loaded)
Resolution1832 x 1920 pixels per eye2064 x 2208 pixels per eye
Lens typeFast-Switch LCD DisplayPancake Lens
Refresh rate60 Hz, 72 Hz, 90 Hz90Hz, 120 Hz
Field of view90 degrees110 degrees
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon XR2Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
RAM6GB8GB 
Storage128GB or 256GB128GB or 512GB
Battery life3 hours2 hours
Release DateOctober 13, 2020October 10, 2023
Price for 128gb$250$500
Quest 2 Vs Quest 3

The Quest 2 gets destroyed by the Quest 3.

Tracking

Meta Quest 2 features advanced tracking technology that allows for precise motion tracking within virtual reality. This is made possible through the use of four external cameras that are positioned around the headset, which are able to detect the location and orientation of the headset and the controllers in relation to the surrounding environment. The tracking technology is able to accurately track movements in all directions, allowing users to move freely within virtual spaces and interact with their environment in a natural way. In addition, the controllers are equipped with additional tracking sensors that enhance their accuracy and responsiveness, further improving the overall tracking experience.

The Meta Quest 2 also features hand tracking, allowing users to interact with virtual environments and objects using natural hand movements. This feature is enabled by sensors on the headset that track the position and movement of the user’s hands in relation to the headset. Hand tracking allows for a more immersive and intuitive virtual reality experience, as users are able to interact with virtual objects in a way that feels more natural and familiar. It also eliminates the need for external controllers, making it easier for users to get started with VR without the need for additional accessories.

Meta Quest 2 Game Library

The Quest 2 gives you access to the full library of Meta content, including The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners, Beat Saber, and Thrill of the Fight among many others. Some of the new games and updates includes Dungeons of Eternity and Assassins Creed. See our top 25 Meta Quest Games of all time for more.

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With Quest 2 and Oculus Link, Steamlink or Virtual Desktop, some of the best PC VR await such as Half Life: Alyx and Vertigo 2. See our top PCVR games of all time for more

If you do plan on purchasing the Oculus Link cable to boost your VR experience, here is the minimum specs your computer will need to ensure smooth gameplay.

Graphics CardNVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / AMD Radeon 400 Series or better. 3GB dedicated Video Ram
Pixel/Vertical Shader5.1
CPU Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM
USB1x USB 2.0+
OSWindows 10
Min specs for PCVR using the Quest 2

Design and Comfort

Meta Quest 2 is sleek and compact, but unfortunately, it is not very comfortable for long sessions. One issue is that the weight is too front heavy, which can cause discomfort on the bridge of the nose and forehead. Additionally, the headset can make your face very sweaty during extended play sessions, which can be uncomfortable and lead to irritation. Overall, the Meta Quest 2 may not be the best choice for those who plan on using it for long periods of time or you may wish to invest in a third party strap to better distribute the weight.

How much is the Meta Quest 2 and where to buy

Last year, the Quest 2 got a permanent price reduction, and can now be purchased for just $250. It has made the headset less of an impulse buy for many people. There are many bundles that can be purchased through amazon.

  • VR Headset
  • Two Touch Controllers
  • Two AA batteries
  • Glass Spacers
  • Power Adapter
  • Charging Cable

Conclusion

Is the Meta Quest 2 still worth it in 2024? Depends.

The Quest 2 still a fantastic segue into the virtual reality world for anyone without an entire ecosystem of technology, especially for those without a PC-ready computer. The Quest store really makes the Quest Shine. Over all we think the Meta Quest 2 is worth it as a budget friendly option. However those can afford it should look to the Quest 3.