Logitech has revealed a new audio accessory exclusive to the Meta Quest 2 headset called Chorus, which the company claims provides “ultra-realistic” sound.
At a glance, Chorus makes Quest 2 look a lot like the Valve Index. And like the Index, the choir accessory (opens in new tab) does not press against your ears, but hovers over them. The purpose of this rear-opening design is to allow ambient noise in so you’re always paying attention to what’s going on around you. The speakers are also adjustable, as you can flip them backwards, which mutes them. To retrieve the audio, simply push the cups back down.
As far as sound quality is concerned, information is lacking. Logitech says the speakers are powered by Balanced Mode Radiator (BMR) drivers. As explained by British audio manufacturer Cambridge Audio (opens in new tab), BMR drivers deliver “full-range sound” by combining high and mids into a single package. Bass sounds are really present in BMRs, but not as prevalent as other speakers. It is possible that the Chorus does not have deep and sassy sounds.
High quality audio features such as active noise cancellation or spatial audio are not present in the Chorus accessory. And because of the open design, there’s very little in the way of noise isolation. People around you will likely be able to hear what you are watching or playing.
As for other features, batteries are not needed as Chorus supports USB pass-through to power the device. All you need to do is connect the accessory to the Quest 2 via a specially designed USB-C cable. It’s also quite light at 6.42 ounces, around 182 grams.
The Chorus accessory is available for pre-order at a price of $99.99. A Logitech representative told us that the accessory is now available for purchase. However, if you look at the official website Logitech website (opens in new tab) is at amazon (opens in new tab), are not yet for sale; for pre-sale only. Perhaps the official date is coming.
While the Logitech Chorus is a welcome addition to the Quest 2 accessories, the Meta still has its work cut out for this. 2022 was an unstable year for the company, as it had to raise the price of Quest 2 in addition to dealing with new rivals.
Rumors are circulating that TikTok’s parent company ByteDance is gearing up to launch its new lineup of Pico 4 VR headsets. According to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing, the Pro version of the Pico 4 devices has both eye tracking and face tracking features, something the Quest 2 lacks. What’s so remarkable about these tracking features is that they can greatly improve the performance of virtual reality (VR) games by improving foveated rendering.
Simply put, foveated rendering “allows games to load only what the player can see.” Textures and shapes at the edges of the screen are reduced in quality to decrease processing power and ensure quality. VR developers would like to have this feature in the Meta headset, but may have to wait until Project Cambria.
Project Cambria is Meta’s next big VR headset, which should have the eye and head tracking capabilities. O device should be released this year, but the end of 2022 is almost here and we still don’t have an official date. Fortunately, Meta is probably just making some last-minute tweaks before the big release date is revealed. Trust me, we’ll be keeping an eye on it.
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