Oculus Quest 2 will make the experimental 120Hz graphics boost permanent
What do you want to know
- Oculus Quest 2 apps and games will soon be able to default to a 120Hz display, up from the current default of 90Hz.
- 120Hz mode has been available for Quest 2 headsets since last year, but only on an experimental basis.
- John Carmack said developers should consider increasing from 60 to 120 Hz, but also noted that most applications cannot run at high rates.
Oculus Quest 2 headsets may soon see their maximum refresh rate increased to 120Hz out of the box, giving VR gamers a much smoother experience with games and apps without having to toggle a specific setting first.
Oculus Consulting CTO John Carmack revealed on Twitter this week that the company will make 120Hz a default for the Oculus Quest 2, and said developers should consider upgrading their apps to the higher display from of 60 Hz to avoid flickering and make “imperfect output tempo less”. hard.”
120 fps has been an “experimental feature” on Quest 2 for a long time, and we’re finally going to enable it by default. Any application that plays video at 60 fps should consider a 120 fps display – this avoids display flickering at 60 fps and makes the imperfect output tempo less harsh.September 5, 2022
Carmack hasn’t announced which upcoming update will add 120Hz mode by default, noting in a follow-up tweet (opens in a new tab) that Quest Home Browser videos will also default to 120Hz.
He also has tweeted (opens in a new tab) that he has developed a demo app that takes advantage of 120Hz and hopes to release it “if the content owner allows it”.
Games in 120Hz mode burn through the Quest 2’s limited battery life faster. Carmack said (opens in a new tab) in replies to his tweets, the battery life used for the new display option would only be affected when specific apps use it, as only a “modest handful take advantage of it” and most apps don’t. cannot operate at high speeds.
The 120Hz display has been available for Meta Quest 2 apps and games since its introduction in last year’s v28 update, but users had to manually enable the mode in the experimental features section in Settings. Some of the best Quest 2 games even unwittingly supported the new frame rate or immediately took advantage of it when it launched.
Other games cannot reach the target frame rate and will default to 60Hz even after this update. But Carmack is clearly hoping developers will update their games to take advantage of the improved potential, now that it’s available automatically on all headsets. Allowing apps to automatically run at higher refresh rates than the current default of 90Hz will give users a much better experience than digging into experimental settings.
The Meta Quest 2 offers increased power, resolution and flexibility over the original virtual headset. It’s a complete all-in-one headset that doesn’t need to be connected to a PC or smartphone to work.