The Oculus Quest 2 is the latest standalone VR headset from the Facebook-owned Oculus.
For the uninitiated, the Quest 2 is an all-in-one VR headset that works on its own wirelessly, and also connects to a PC, with PC VR apps, using the Oculus Link cable. That means you can play room-scale virtual reality games without an expensive desktop PC – or a load of cables getting in the way – but still benefit from the power of that PC if you own one.
The good news? It’s £100 cheaper than its predecessor. Given the success of the original Quest (now discontinued), it’s no surprise that it’s selling fast. With its disruptive pricing, the Quest offers a powerful and versatile headset at a fraction of the cost of competitors, like the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite which punches in at £899, and the even more expensive Valve Index that costs £919.
The bad news? It’s selling so well that it isn’t often discounted, so genuine offers are few and far between.
Here’s where you can buy the Quest 2 right now at the best price.
How much does the Oculus Quest 2 cost?
64GB – £299
256GB – £399
The Oculus Quest 2 starts at £299 for the 64GB model in the UK. This makes it £100 lower than the starting price of the original Quest.
Meanwhile the larger capacity 256GB model is a major upgrade from the 128GB maximum on the original Quest, which cost £499 – meaning you get more storage at a lower price. Nice.
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Right now we can’t find the Quest 2 on offer anywhere – but we’ll keep looking and update this section as soon as we do.
We’re hoping deals are on the horizon – Amazon has confirmed that Prime Day will take place in June this year, with exclusive discounts for Amazon Prime members. Even if you’re not a member, rival retailers usually slash a few prices at the same time to compete. There’s no guarantee that there’ll be savings on the Quest 2, but there’s at least a chance.
Where to buy the Oculus Quest 2
You can also buy the Quest 2 directly from Oculus or any of the retailers listed below:
Game – Free standard delivery
Argos on eBay – Click and Collect available
Argos – Standard same-day delivery available for £3.95
Currys PC World – Free standard delivery in 4-5 days
John Lewis – Free standard delivery
Very – Free Click and Collect or £3.99 for standard delivery
Why isn’t the Quest 2 on Amazon UK?
Right now if you try to buy the Quest 2 from Amazon UK – or indeed most Amazon storefronts in Europe – you’ll find that the VR headset isn’t even on sale.
That’s because Amazon has temporarily delisted the headset following concerns about a rare skin irritation problem caused by older versions of the headset’s foam padding.
The European Commission Safety Gate website highlights the issue, which relates to some of the chemical components used to manufacture the foam lining:
“The foam of the product contains substances (e.g.: Propylene carbonate, Phenol, fragrance 7-hydroxycitronellal and Benzocaine) which are skin and eye irritants. Consequently the user could suffer from irritation.The product does not comply with the requirements of the General Product Safety Directive.”
It’s not clear why only Amazon has stopped selling the headset – while other retailers including Oculus.com still sell it – but Oculus told Road to VR that the problem with the foam has been fixed, and that it expects the Amazon listings to be back online “soon”.
“Amazon has temporarily paused selling Quest 2 in Europe, in response to an EU Commission filing this week regarding the foam interface. We shared back in April that the foam interface issue has been resolved, and we’re working closely with Amazon to have Quest 2 back on sale as soon as possible,” a spokesperson said.
Oculus says that headsets are now manufactured with a new foam that does not cause any irritation, and on a support page notes that consumers with an older headset are eligible to receive a replacement foam faceplate.
Is the Oculus Quest 2 better than the Quest?
The simple answer is yes, but see our review to find out why.
The Quest 2 is 10% lighter, more comfortable, and offers an improved display with over 50% more pixels than the original Quest. This translates to a bright, detailed experience with nearly 2K resolution per eye.
The refresh rate also gets a boost to 90Hz from 60Hz, along with controllers that last four times longer than the batteries on the original.
More importantly, Oculus has simplified the IPD (or Interpupillary Distance) adjustment. The IPD measures the distance between your pupils to calculate a 3D effect that’s believable. Users can now quickly choose the setting that works best out of three options.
Of course, if you’re looking at how to buy the Quest 2, you probably know most of this, but see our handy round-up of all Oculus Quest 2 deets and news and the best Quest accessories if you want to know even more.
The Quest 2 release came just ahead of the release of the Sony PlayStation 5 and Microsoft’s Xbox Series X consoles.