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Here's where you can preorder the better-but-cheaper Oculus Quest 2 VR headset

The new gold standard in VR arrives Oct. 13, so there's still time to preorder.

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If you've worn the original Oculus Quest, you probably know that it's among the best VR experiences money can buy; completely wireless, great visuals and even a controller-free hand-tracking mode, and you've been waiting with bated breath for the new Quest 2. If you're brand-new to VR and the Quest 2 will be your first VR experience, you're in for a treat. Shaping up to be better (on paper, at least) than the Quest in almost every way -- and cheaper to boot -- the Quest 2 is likely going to be the new gold standard in VR. And you can preorder it right now.

The new Quest's list of enhancements and upgrades reads like a VR addict's wish list. First and foremost, perhaps, is the improved resolution. Now with about 2K per eye, the headset has about twice the original headset's resolution and should go a long way toward mitigating the dreaded "screen door" effect. It has a faster processor, is about 10% lighter and even is reported to wear more comfortably, thanks to a redesigned strap. Want to learn more? Read CNET's Scott Stein's deep dive into the new Quest 2.

You won't have to wait long to get a Quest 2. While the original Oculus spent most of 2020 sold out everywhere, the Quest 2 is landing at retail on Oct. 13 for just $299 -- an impulse buy if I've ever seen one. That's the 64GB version; you can also get the Quest 2 with 256GB for $399. 

The price is the same regardless of which retailer you shop from, so pick whichever retailer you like best:

This article was published previously and has been updated to reflect availability. 


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