Meta Quest 2 Will Soon Be Running the 120Hz Refresh Rate By Default
The experimental 120Hz refresh rate in Meta Quest 2 has now been enabled by default. This could herald a bigger adoption of higher refresh rates across numerous apps and games.
The 120Hz refresh rate option has been an experimental feature for the past year. Users who wanted to try out the higher refresh rate had to go into settings and enable them for their headset, at their own risk. Once enabled, the higher refresh rate would allow some of the apps to leverage the secretly higher refresh rate. However, few users tried out the faster refresh rate due to the many hoops they had to go through to activate it.
120 fps has been an "experimental feature" on Quest 2 for a long time, and we are finally going to make it default-on. Any app that plays 60 fps video should consider 120 fps display — it avoids the flicker of 60 fps display, and makes imperfect release tempo less harsh.
— John Carmack (@ID_AA_Carmack) September 5, 2022
Now that the higher refresh rate is available by default for Quest 2, more users now get the opportunity to try it out. According to Meta’s consulting CTO John Carmack, the higher refresh rate will soon be “default-on.”
With this becoming a default setting, all Quest 2 apps that support 120Hz refresh rate display won’t need to notify users to switch the feature on. The apps supporting this will run at the faster refresh rate by default. We are also likely to see more experiences taking advantage of the new refresh rate, including apps, games, and videos.
However, a refresh rate of 120Hz will need some additional horsepower. There will also be some games and apps that will struggle to transition to the new faster refresh rate on the integrated Quest 2 processor.
Carmack says the higher refresh rate will not have a major impact on battery life at the moment because the feature only gets used when apps explicitly request it and at the moment, only a few apps are leveraging the higher refresh rate. The majority of Quest 2 apps at the moment cannot run a 120Hz refresh rate.
This is not the first time that there is a rise in the refresh rate of the Quest 2 headset. When it launched, the headset had a steady refresh rate of 72Hz but Meta had promised an experimental 90Hz refresh mode. Meta started rolling out the 90Hz refresh rate in late 2020 and from reviews, that higher refresh rate had been supported by most apps relatively well.
The latest pending update of 120Hz refresh rate will now be the default and the norm for many Meta apps. The launch date for the feature is yet to be announced. The refresh rate also brings Meta Quest 2 up to the same level as the Valve Index headset. While the Valve Index offers users a default 120Hz refresh rate, it has an even higher experimental mode of 144Hz.
The Meta Quest 2 headset has recently seen a $100 price hike from $299/$399 to $399/$499. In October, Meta is also set to launch its long-awaited Project Cambria headset or the Meta Quest Pro.
However, even with the recent price hike, the Meta Quest 2 headset is still one of the most affordable for its specs. Meta has also unveiled recent changes such as the termination of the Facebook account login requirement and the introduction of Meta accounts, changes that are likely to attract new users.