Meta has announced a price reduction on Quest 2 and Quest Pro models
Meta is cutting the price of their VR headsets. Starting tomorrow, you can pick up the Meta Quest 2 256GB for $430 USD instead of $500 and the recently launched Meta Quest Pro for just $1000 – down from its previously low $1500 cost.
“Our mission has always been to make VR hardware affordable for as many people as possible,” reads the announcement. “While we won’t reduce the price of Meta Quest 2’s 128GB SKU, a new lower price point on 256GB storage will allow even more people to experience the bliss of fully immersive games and experiences.”
Prices have begun to come down in the US and Canada, as well as across much of Europe, Austrailia, Japan and Taiwan. While regional pricing has not yet been announced, the Meta Quest Pro costs currently PS1500 GBP but should drop to PS1000 tomorrow morning.
It’s worth noting that until last August, the Meta Quest 2 256GB headset was even cheaper at $400. Unfortunately, Meta increased both versions of their headsets by $100 due to declining stock prices. We recently learned that Meta lost $13.7 billion on VR and AR in 2022, as well as terminating 11,000 workers in November with more cuts anticipated.
Last October, the Meta Quest Pro debuted at its current price as an enterprise-level device rather than one designed specifically for gaming. Mark Zuckerberg continues his quest to make the metaverse a reality with this initiative.
Last month, John Carmack concluded his remaining part-time role at Meta and wrote in his farewell letter that the company “constantly self-sabotages” its own VR initiatives.
I adore VR, having had many wonderful experiences inside a headset, yet my Valve Index has been sitting unused in its drawer for months. While higher resolution devices might be nice, spending hundreds or thousands of pounds just so Beat Saber looks slightly less pixelated isn’t worth the hassle.