Virtual reality has not finished taking off in Spain, and it will not be because there are no good alternatives; the best at the moment is the Oculus Quest 2, a device that stands out for being completely independent and without cables.
Thanks to the internal system, this device is capable of running applications and games in virtual reality; it differs in this from the Oculus Rift, which needs to be connected by cable to a computer, which is the one that actually runs the programs.
However, that also means accepting several limitations; the hardware of Quest 2 is powerful, but not as powerful to run the latest games with the best graphics as on a computer. In that case, we can connect the Quest 2 by cable to a computer and using the Oculus app.
Wireless virtual reality
That’s going to change with a new update announced by Facebook for the Oculus Quest 2, which will allow you to connect the device to the computer without using cables and enjoy the best quality virtual reality.
The technology is called Air Link, and it’s an experimental feature that Facebook is still working on, but it will allow users to test it for possible flaws. Not all networks and computers will be supported, as high-quality, high-resolution video streaming to Quest 2 is required. A 5 Ghz WiFi network is recommended, with an AC or AX router connected directly via Ethernet to the computer.
The new Oculus Quest 2
In addition, the computer itself will have to be powerful enough to run the games in the first place, and meet the requirements of Oculus Link, the technology that allows you to connect the computer with the Quest device.
If we fulfill everything, we should be able to play computer virtual reality without cables, something that until now was not possible with Oculus.
Is it the end of the Rift?
In fact, this update raises doubts about the future of the Oculus Rift; those virtual reality glasses need to be wired, although it is true that they offer better visual quality.
However, rumors indicate that Facebook could be close to abandon the Oculus Rift, to focus solely on the Quest 2 and its successors; these have proven to be more popular for the average user, while the Rift and alternatives such as the HTC Vive are preferred by the most enthusiastic users.
This week it was discovered that the Oculus Rift S, the latest model in the range, no longer sold in the official store. But at the same time, Facebook has announced a major Oculus event for next April 21; whether then the end of the Rift will be announced, or a new version, is what is not so clear. Recall that Facebook has already killed the Oculus Go, the cheapest version of its virtual reality glasses, so everything is on the table.