Meta Increases Quest 2’s GPU Performance By 7% Via Software Update

Quest 2’s GPU performance is now 7% higher than before.

The Quest OS dynamically adjusts the GPU clock frequency to give apps the performance they need without wasting battery life when they don’t need it. In a software update today, Meta increased the maximum frequency from 490 MHz to 525 MHz. This appears to be an automatic update applied to all headsets, not a new full system update you’d need to wait for.

No developer integration or patches are needed here, but developers could leverage this extra power to slightly increase resolution. Pico 4 uses the same GPU with the maximum clock speed set to 587 MHz, and Red Matter 2’s developer utilized this to deliver noticeably higher resolution.

Bizarrely, for an app to get the new 525 MHz maximum you have to take off the headset and then put it back on again after launching the app. Meta said this requirement will be dropped in the v49 system update. V47 released earlier this month, so v49 could be months away – although Meta has skipped version numbers in the past.

Meta didn’t disclose whether this update will reduce battery life, nor what made it possible. Quest 2 is now in the final year of its three year lifespan – Quest 3 is launching later next year, and its GPU could deliver at least double the performance.