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What's new about the Oculus Quest 2 controllers?

The Controllers of Oculus Quest 2 have been upgraded. But what exactly is new? And are they actually better than the Quest 1 controllers? In this blog you can read the differences between the Quest 1 and Quest 2 variants.

Oculus Quest 1 vs. Oculus Quest 2 Controllers

Oculus has learned a lot about (haptic or not) VR Controllers in recent years. That's why the third-generation Oculus Touch controllers for the Oculus Quest 2 are better than ever, with a more comfortable grip, greater distance between the front buttons and redesigned grip and trigger buttons that are easier to use. If you have used both the first and second generation Oculus Touch controllers, you'll immediately recognize that these new third-generation Oculus Touch controllers look like a hybrid between the two older generations.

The front buttons and top joystick now have more padding around each button, including a new dedicated thumb rest for those games that don't require frequent button presses. Have you ever accidentally pressed the home button while playing Beat Saber? Then you are certainly not alone! This new thumb rest should help users avoid that in most cases.

In addition, the handles are a bit larger and have a stronger battery compartment that does not slide off as easily as before. Have you ever played the Oculus Quest or Oculus Rift S and the battery compartment slips right off? That shouldn't happen very often (if ever) with this new Controllers. Some users say the new larger handles won't fit smaller hands either, so keep in mind that this could be a comfort issue for some people.

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Oculus Haptic Feedback and Battery Life Quest 2 Controllers

The Oculus Quest 2 controllers still use a single AA battery to power them. While that may seem a little odd in 2020, at least Facebook has been able to extend the battery life of each Controller making those AAs a little longer, especially if you're using rechargeables.

Last, but certainly not least, is the introduction of more advanced haptic motors inside. While there are few details on how to use these haptic motors, the Oculus Quest 2 Controllers certainly feels more realistic. Improved haptics means a more realistic form of feedback that can simulate real-world scenarios, such as the difference between with tapping your finger on a wall and slamming two swords together. Better haptics in Controllers is also a nice development for the future, because this is a step forward in making VR even more realistic!

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Diederik Hermsen- XR Product Specialist

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