Quest 3 Upgrade Game Squeeze Quest 2 Storage

Quest 2 file sizes are increasing due to newly updated Quest 3 versions, as developers tell UploadVR that there is currently no “proper” way to provide individual builds.

Last month at Connect 2023, Meta confirmed that more than 50 Quest 2 titles would receive Quest 3 updates, including Red Matter 2 and Guardians Frontline. With upgrades like 4K textures and more detail, Quest 3’s enhanced games increase file sizes. However, several developers have confirmed that this increase in file size also applies to the Quest 2 version.

Verticalbot and Guy Godin (virtual desktop) both claim that there is currently no option to provide separate Android APK packages for the various Quest headsets. This means Quest 2 games without the enhancements will have larger file sizes, Godin writes.

Myron Games CEO Tommy Malotto (Deisim) says you can offer the packs separately, but explains that this is “not the right way to go.” Maloteaux says it now involves uploading two builds “with a small difference in the manifest, but you have to do it in the right order or both devices will get the last one”.

As for games, the Red Matter 2 goes from 5.6GB to 9.1GB, and the Espire 2 goes from 7GB to 12GB, but that doesn’t mean all games will see a significant increase. Speaking to UploadVR, Psytec Games CEO John Hibbins confirmed that Windlands 2 is 0.72MB larger than Quest 3, explaining that they had already included high-quality asset pipelines. Hibbins also cites new code and minor property improvements as factors.

In January, Meta announced that developers would have the option to add separate binaries between different Quest headsets, but this has yet to be fully implemented. In response to a request for comment, Meta wrote via email to UploadVR that “it is possible to create a separate apk for Quest 1 vs. Quest 2 today and it is being used by many developers. We plan to extend this to Quest Pro and Quest 3 Expand. In the future.”

No specific time frame has been given for this update.

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