08 August 2022
Meta's Quest 2 is a two-year-old VR headset on the market and while many might be hoping for a price drop, the company has announced exactly the opposite. The blog post reveals that the Quest 2 will get a $100 price bump starting August 1st. This will result in 128GB and 256GB variants going on sale for $399.99 and $499.99 respectively.
It further confirmed that price increments will also be applicable to refurbished units and accessories. It is reported that 128GB refurbished Quest 2 will cost $100 more and the 256GB variant will cost $80 more. It means refurbished buyers will now have to pay $349 and $429 respectively for the two variants. The exact price increase for accessories is currently unknown.
Meta says it will offer the popular VR rhythm game Beat Saber for absolutely free to new buyers. The limited offer can be availed by buyers who will purchase the Quest 2 between August 1st, 2022, and December 31st, 2022. They will need to activate the device by January 31, 2023, using an account that does not have the game enabled already. Once the device is activated, a buyer will have 14 days to add the free game to their library.
As for the reason behind price increments, the blog post mentions:
"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."
It goes on to talk about an "ambitious VR hardware roadmap" that will include a high-end headset referred to as Project Cambria. There are rumors that this headset will launch as the Quest Pro. It will be packed with premium features including full-color and more realistic passthrough capability. It is tipped to cost as high as $1,500 which means it will surely be an expensive VR headset to own.