Facebook unveils new Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets, releasing in New Zealand on October 13

Facebook has announced its latest virtual reality headset the Oculus Quest 2 will launch in New Zealand on October 13, with the entry level model costing $569.

The new unit's display will be 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye - 50 percent more pixels than the original Quest - utilising a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform processor and 6GB of RAM.

Facebook also revealed it's collaborating with EssilorLuxottica on a range of smart glasses products, the first of which will be Ray-Ban branded and released in 2021.

The announcements were made at the seventh annual Facebook Connect event - formerly Oculus Connect - which covers virtual and augmented reality news from the social media giant. 

This year's event was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quest 2 is set to replace both the original Quest and the PC-tethered Rift S as it has a Link feature that lets it play virtual reality (VR) games on the PC.

The headset weighs 503g - a little lighter than its 571g predecessor. It'll also come with newly redesigned controllers that promise better ergonomics and longer battery life.

The Quest 2 is the first Oculus unit that will force customers to have a Facebook account to use it, a move that caused outrage online. Facebook insists it's necessary to "make our VR headsets more social".

However, features like friends lists can be kept separate and users at this stage don't have to publicly merge their Oculus and Facebook identities.

Pre-orders for the Oculus Quest 2 opened today.