Meta recently announced raising the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by $100 because of increased production costs. Therefore, from August 1 onwards, the Meta Quest 2 will sell for $399.99 (128GB) instead of $299.99. Additionally, the 256GB version of the headsets will sell for $499.99 rather than the current $399.99. Besides that, the company will also boost the prices of Quest 2 accessories and refurbished units.
In a blog post, Meta said, “People have spent over $1 billion on Meta Quest apps, helping to fuel developers’ businesses as they deliver the games and experiences that make VR great. At the same time, the costs to make and ship our products have been on the rise. By adjusting the price of Quest 2, we can continue to grow our investment in groundbreaking research and new product development that pushes the VR industry to new heights.”
Furthermore, the company added a rather interesting offer to reduce the blow of the price hike. Meta will enable customers to download the famed VR rhythm game Beat Saber for free when buying a new headset. However, only an account that doesn’t already have the Beat Saber enabled will be able to download it for free. In addition, Meta explained that customers who purchase the Quest 2 headsets between August 1 and December 31 and activate it before January 31, 2023, are eligible for this offer. Finally, they can download the game (for free) for 14 days after activating their headsets.
Meta also disclosed that it designed an “ambitious” roadmap for its products. And the company will start that journey by launching the high-end Project Cambria headset (rumored to be the Quest Pro) later this year.
Moreover, CEO Mark Zuckerberg flaunted the device’s mixed-reality functionalities in a demo video. On the one hand, the Quest 2 VR headsets sport greyscale passthrough cameras. On the other hand, the Quest Pro will have a full-color, more realistic passthrough capability and depth sensors, Meta claims. Therefore, allowing users to place digital objects into physical space accurately.
Additionally, a Bloomberg report revealed that the Quest Pro would reportedly cost more than $1,000. In addition, some leaks speculated that it might sell for about $1,500. So, it’s possible Meta is trying to bridge the gap between Quest 2 and Quest Pro by hiking the prices of the former.