Meta unveils plan to increase price of the Quest 2 VR headset by $100

Meta unveils plan to increase price of the Quest 2 VR headset by $100

by Sakina Raj

Meta, the American tech giant that owns Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, has reportedly announced its decision to hike the price of its Quest 2 virtual reality headsets due to the rising manufacturing costs.

The Meta Quest 2 will cost around $399.99 USD for the 128GB model from August 1st, a $100 rise from the existing price of $299.99. The price of the 256GB version will also  increase from the present $399.99 to $499.99. The firm has also issued a warning that the cost of Meta Quest 2 refurbished units and accessories would be rising as well.

Meta is hoping to lessen the impact of the price increases by including a free download of Beat Saber, the hit VR rhythm game with the purchase of the latest VR headset.

According to the Meta, customers who purchase a Meta Quest 2 VR headset any time between 1st August and 31st December, and then also activate it before 31st January of the following year with a Beat Saber free account, will have free access to the game for 2 weeks following the headset’s activation.

Meta claims to have an ambitious path for VR hardware, beginning with the release of its premium Project Cambria headset late this year, which is reported to be called the Quest Pro.

Recently in a demo video, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated the mixed-reality features of the device. Greyscale passthrough cameras on the Quest 2 let users see around them without taking off their headsets.

Meanwhile, the Quest Pro will have depth sensors  enabling  digital objects to be placed in physical space precisely, and it will incorporate  better passthrough capabilities and full color. If used effectively, the Quest Pro can deliver some sophisticated AR experiences, but Meta will not be alone in the competitive market.

As per sources, the headset will be priced at over $1,000. It has also been speculated that the headset will cost about $1,500 at retail. By raising Quest 2’scost, Meta is probably attempting to bridge the  price difference between the Quest 2 and Quest Pro.

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Sakina Raj

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