WiFi Six – What can it do for VR?


Mack Haymond, one of our writers, wearing his Oculus Quest One

Mack Haymond, Staff Writer

Earlier this month, the brand new Oculus Quest Two started shipping to customers.

The Quest Two is a Virtual Reality headset that has been pitched by Oculus as the headset for the average consumer. The Quest One was special because it had the whole computer built into it. The new Quest Two is shipping with a custom made VR processor that is almost double the performance of the first headset.

The highlight of this new headset, though, is its support for WiFi Six. This is a new WiFi standard that is slowly being adopted into our everyday technology, and it allows for extremely high transfer speeds of data. This means that multiplayer games, video conferences, and more will have even faster response times.

As we go into our ninth month of COVID-19, being able to communicate with others is more important than ever. Thankfully, the Oculus Quest Two’s low starting price of $299 makes it readily available to more people than ever. In addition, “Mark Zuckerberg’s vision is to take this to as many people as possible, and the only way we can do it is by building more accessible devices, where you don’t need a PC and you just go to the living room and put this on,” Gamesradar said in an interview with Oculus’ product manager, enforcing the idea that this is the headset for everyone.

With apps like VRChat, a hangout for people talk, and Spatial, a VR conferencing app, it’s clear to see how VR will help us communicate better over the coming months until we can get face-to-face once again.