So I have all three headsets, Quest 2, Reverb G2 and the Quest Pro. I currently use a 10850K, 32GB, 3090 setup but I’m awaiting delivery of a 13900K, 4090 setup.
If value is a factor and your main interest is MSFS, get the Reverb G2 fro $299, honestly it makes no real difference if you get the G2 V1 or V2.
V2 has three advantages, better facial interface, better cable with breakout box that has on/off switch and better tracking volume thanks to the cameras being placed slightly differently.
The first two advantages are negligible as you can easily fix them yourself. Just buy VRCover’s facial interface which is super comfy and gives a nice FOV and if you do get the V1 just call HP and tell them you have horizontal lines on your screen when looking at blue skies. They will send you out the new cable free of charge to fix this ‘issue’.
You can’t do anything about the tracking volume improvement, but honestly, if you want to play active PCVR games, you should get a Quest 2 as well as the tracking and controllers are way better, and you can play wirelessly if you want.
I no longer use either headset as I find the Quest Pro a considerable step up in overall visual quality over both headsets, but I wouldn’t recommend you spend £1500 on a Quest Pro, it’s a real enthusiast’s headset, and only worthwhile if VR if your passion like me.
The G2 is a huge step up from the Quest 2 in MSFS, offering significantly better comfort, visuals and audio, although I’d still rather use the Quest 2 for active games like Beat Saber, Half Life Alyx etc.
The biggest downside of the G2 is its frankly terrible edge to edge clarity , but in MSFS it doesn’t matter as the sim is slow paced and you will get used to just moving your head rather than your eyes.
In active games where you’re physically moving around a lot more I’d take the lower resolution of the Quest 2 but its much better lenses, but that’s subjective.
If you did have the money for the Quest Pro you can get it looking much better than the Reverb G2, but it takes a powerful PC to do so. Using the official link cable after much tweaking I have the Quest Pro looking about as 95 percent as sharp as the G2 in the very centre, and about 200 percent better everywhere else. The panels are also brighter, and the colour palette more vivid, but if you are doing a lot of flying around the UK the relative dimness of the G2, its more muted colour pallete and general blurryness outside of the central clarity cone actually mask some of the deficiencies of MSFS itself, the Quest Pro is so clear running at 5408 x 2736 and the lenses so good that it picks up all the bad textures when flying over sub optimal ortho imagery.
That said, the cockpits look much better, the FOV is considerably larger and you can pick out far more detail in the image because the G2 is only sharp in a tiny area in the centre. It is a bit sharper than the Pro however, so the distant horizon looks better, but not good enough to compensate for its other weaknesses, but that is again subjective. The G2 is more comfortable than the Pro and has great audio in MSFS, which is what I miss most now I’ve given it up.
But in your situation, just buy the G2, it’s a steal at $299 and if you get the V1 it doesn’t matter for MSFS, and I’d still not recommend it for general PCVR anyway so the slightly better tracking on the V2 doesn’t really mean a great deal.