How to Enable 120Hz Refresh Rate on Meta Quest 2 and 3 for all Games

The VR headset is one of the best ways to enjoy and experience the immersive virtual world. More specifically, Meta’s Quest family of headsets. Whether it’s the Meta Quest 2, Quest Pro, Quest 3, or the upcoming Meta Quest 3 Lite, there is a large selection of games, apps, and experiences that you can enjoy. One of the cool features of the Quest 2 and Quest 3 is the higher refresh rate displays.

By default, most of the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 games can run at 90Hz. Well, this is good, but since then, Meta has also released an update where you enable 120Hz on your Meta Quest 2 and 3 VR headsets.

So, if you want to know how you can enable this 120Hz refresh rate on your Meta Quest VR headset, then you have come to the right place.

How to Enable 120Hz Refresh Rate on Meta Quest 2 and 3

Before we dig into how you can enable the 120Hz refresh rate or for that matter change the refresh rate on your Meta Quest 2 and 3 VR headsets, it’s important to know which headsets support the high refresh rate option.

  • Meta Quest 1 – 60Hz, 72Hz
  • Meta Quest 2 – 60Hz, 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz
  • Meta Quest Pro – 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz
  • Meta Quest 3 – 72Hz, 80Hz, 90Hz, 120Hz

So, as you can see, only the Meta Quest 2 and the Meta Quest 3 have support for the highest refresh rate option – 120Hz. Now that we know what headsets support this high refresh rate, let’s take a look at how you can enable this feature.

Enable 120Hz Refresh Rate on Meta Quest 2

If you are using the Meta Quest 2 as a standalone VR headset and do not use it with your Windows PC, here are the steps that you can follow to enable 120Hz refresh rate.

  1. Power up your Meta Quest 2 headset and wear it.
  2. Now, using the hand controllers of the Meta Quest 2, click on Quick Settings from the menu bar at the bottom.
  3. Select Settings from the top right corner.
  4. Select the Experimental option.
  5. You should see the first experimental feature that says 120Hz Refresh Rate.
  6. Simply click on the toggle to switch it on.

Enable 120Hz Refresh rate on Meta Quest 3

If you have the new Meta Quest 3 VR headset and have installed the v62 software update, then you can enable a 120Hz refresh rate. Here is how you can do that.

  1. Select the Quick Settings option from the Menu bar.
  2. Now click on Settings from the top right corner.
  3. Choose System followed by Display.
  4. You will see the 120Hz refresh rate option.
  5. Click on the toggle to switch it on.

And that is how you can enable the 120Hz refresh rate on your Meta Quest 3 VR headset.

Enable 120Hz on Meta Quest Link

If you use the Meta Quest VR headset with your PC for PCVR via the Oculus app for your PC, you can follow these steps to enable the higher refresh rate options.

  1. On your PC, launch the Oculus Desktop app.
  2. Ensure that your Meta Quest headset and Your PC have been paired with each other.
  3. Now select the Devices option from the left-hand side of the app.
  4. Pick the Active headset option.
  5. Scroll down and select the Graphics Performance option.
  6. Select Refresh Rate.
  7. From the given values of the refresh rate, select the 120 Hz option.

This option will work provided you have connected your Meta Quest 2 headset to your PC using the Oculus Link USB cable Otherwise, the 120Hz option will not be available or displayed via the Oculus Desktop app.

What Happens When You Enable 120 Hz Refresh Rate?

Well, while you get better FPS for your games that support 120Hz, there will be some sacrifices you will have to make. For starters, you should expect the battery to drain a bit quicker as compared to when the Meta Quest is sitting at the default refresh rate. And because the feature is experimental or the Meta Quest 2, you can expect some performance hiccups when playing certain apps or games. Expect the temperature of the device to rise as well.

Closing Thoughts

This concludes the guide on how you can enable the higher refresh rate option on your Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3 VR headsets. Even if you plan to reduce the refresh rate, you can follow these steps. For most media-related apps, the refresh rate will sit at the lowest available FPS, as supported by the displays of the VR headsets.

If you have questions or questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.

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