The Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) is about $100 more expensive, bringing the 128GB model to $399.99 and the 256GB model to $499.99. According to a post from Meta, the price change for the nearly two-year-old headset will take effect “starting in August.”
As much as I hate to recommend buying things under stress, you should probably act fast if you’re hoping to get your hands on it sooner. It seems likely that brokers and their armies of robots are about to have a peak with models currently on sale at the old price. You can get it from places like the official Meta Store, Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Target, or Walmart.
This is a huge price jump for what has been one of the best deals in gaming for years, and it comes at a time when Meta as a whole is looking to cut the fat and start making more money – while at the same time trying to build a business that centers around people who have access to reality hardware. default. However, the company is offering buyers something to help make the new price easier to swallow: Starting August 1st and continuing for the rest of the year, Quest 2 will come with a free copy of Saber wonIt is a very popular VR rhythm game that usually costs $29.99.
according to DownloadThose looking to save money by using refurbished models will have to pay an additional $100 for the base version and $80 for the upgraded storage version, and pay $349 and $429, respectively.
In its Tuesday letter, Meta said that “the costs of making and shipping our products are rising.” According to sources I spoke to, edge Reporter Alex Heath, the company does not make money from sales of Quest headphones.
However, it is possible that antitrust regulators accuse Meta of deliberately subsidizing its headphones long enough to drive out competitors who can’t afford it and then raising the price once it becomes dominant in the market. As an example of how popular Quest 2 is among gamers, just take a look at last month’s survey of Steam devices: 49.02 percent of people who use VR with Steam were playing Quest 2.
This is, by the way, a headset that does not require a computer to operate, so this number likely isn’t representative of all people who use headphones. Market research firm IDC estimates that Quest 2 accounted for 78 percent of the virtual/augmented reality market in 2021, according to Hindus.
Recent reports have indicated that the Meta is working on a new slate of virtual and augmented reality headsets, with some set to be significantly more expensive than the current crop (even with higher prices). The company hasn’t shy away from the fact that it’s working on new hardware, but Tuesday’s move may give users pause about buying in its ecosystem. That wouldn’t be good for Meta, which said it works comprehensively in virtual worlds.
If you are in a rush to buy one of these headphones right now before the price increase, you may want to check out our video showing some of their most useful features.