Oculus Quest 2 preorders 'outpaced the original Quest by more than five times'

Oculus Quest 2
(Image credit: Oculus)
Audio player loading…

Oculus Quest 2 (opens in new tab) VR headset preorders were reportedly five times that of the original Quest, according to Facebook. During the company's Q3 earnings call (via UploadVR (opens in new tab)), CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed the popularity of the company's latest virtual reality standalone device.

Virtual reality

(Image credit: Valve)

Best VR headset (opens in new tab): which kit should you choose?
Best graphics card (opens in new tab): you need serious GPU power for VR
Best gaming laptop (opens in new tab): don't get tied to your desktop in VR

"We launched Quest 2," Zuckerberg says during the call (via Seeking Alpha (opens in new tab)), "our most advanced virtual reality headset, right in time for the holidays. It delivers a real sense of presence, like you’re right there with another person or in another place, and we’ve worked to make it accessible to more people.

"It’s lighter, faster, has a sharper screen, and a new price point of just $300. Preorders have outpaced the original Quest preorders by more than 5x and have surpassed our expectations."

The Quest 2 headset hasn't been without some controversy, however. Shortly before its release, Facebook announced it would be requiring a Facebook account to login to the Oculus service and access the device. The decision means that, for those who have kept Facebook at arm's length, the Quest 2 is no longer an option.

Researchers are already working on bypassing the login, and some have already managed to do just that (opens in new tab).

Despite the impact that may have had on sales of the standalone VR headset, Facebook has said the headset is selling "beyond what we expected." (opens in new tab) The headset sits at $299 (for the 64GB model) and that puts it far cheaper than competing options, many of which require a fairly powerful gaming PC in order to run.

Still, we love those tethered headsets just as much, and you can find out recommendations for the best VR headsets (opens in new tab) and why in our guide.

Jacob Ridley
Senior Hardware Editor

Jacob earned his first byline writing for his own tech blog from his hometown in Wales in 2017. From there, he graduated to professionally breaking things as hardware writer at PCGamesN, where he would later win command of the kit cupboard as hardware editor. Nowadays, as senior hardware editor at PC Gamer, he spends his days reporting on the latest developments in the technology and gaming industry. When he's not writing about GPUs and CPUs, however, you'll find him trying to get as far away from the modern world as possible by wild camping.