Meta will soon make Oculus Quest 2’s experimental 120Hz refresh rate option a full-featured feature
An official date hasn’t been announced yet, but the switch to the VR headset will likely come in the next Oculus Quest 2 update. Whenever it arrives, the approximately one-year setting will go from being optional to something that’s on by default. The news comes from John Carmack (Oculus VR Consulting CTO) in a post he shared on Twitter (opens in new tab).
The 120Hz refresh rate will help make games and experiences that support 120fps look a lot less flickering, which in turn will help improve player immersion and reduce the motion sickness that games can cause.
So given the benefits the 120Hz refresh rate setting brings, why wouldn’t you want it on all the time?
Well, when the Oculus Quest 2’s refresh rate is increased to 120Hz, it doesn’t produce frames out of nowhere; your processors have to work a little harder. This means that other elements of the games you are playing can deteriorate, as your Quest 2 may devote less resources to these elements while also trying to keep your framerate smooth.
Additionally, the extra work your Quest 2’s processor is doing will also affect the VR headset’s battery life. Playing games at 120Hz instead of a lower frame rate will drain your battery faster, giving you less soak time between charges.
That said, even after 120Hz mode starts to be enabled by default, most games still don’t support 120Hz gameplay. Superhot VR and Echo VR are some notable titles that do, but even many of the best Oculus Quest 2 games – like Meta’s Beat Saber – don’t let you play at such a high frame rate.
With the feature leaving the experimental stage, there’s a chance we’ll see more developers adopt it and offer higher framerate versions of their VR experiences.
In the meantime, while not all can be played at 120Hz, you should check out our picks for the best VR games you can play right now.