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- Meta will raise the prices of its popular Quest 2 virtual reality headset by $100 starting August 1.
- The Quest 2 currently starts at $299, so the price increase will bring it to $399.
- Meta says the price increase will help the company invest more in the future of VR technology.
Meta’s Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headset is undoubtedly the most popular VR headset on the market, but starting August 1 it will get $100 more expensive. The price of the 128GB version is going up to $399 and the 256GB version is going up to $499. The prices of accessories and refurbished Quest 2 headsets will also be increased, though it’s unclear by how much.
To help offset the increase in cost, Meta will give everyone who purchases a new Quest 2 after August 1 a free copy of the rhythm game Beat Saber through the end of 2022.
Meta announced the price changes in a blog post and said the increase will help the company invest in new research and product development within the VR industry. Quest 2 debuted in fall 2020 as the Oculus Quest 2 before Meta changed its name the following year.
In 2021 Meta replaced the 64GB version with a 128GB version at the same starting price of $299. The headset has reportedly sold 14.8 million units as of June 2022.
Retailers like GameStop, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart are still honoring the current $299 starting price of the Quest 2, so now is the time to buy one if you’ve been on the fence. Meta is also still selling refurbished Quest 2 headsets for $249.
Will Quest 2 still be worth it after the price increase?
While no one is a fan of price increases, the Quest 2 will still be the most practical headset for new VR users to buy when the cost goes up in August. While there are competitors with more impressive specs, like the $749 Valve Index, they often require a powerful gaming PC, or they’re significantly more expensive, like the $1,300 Vive Focus 3.
Sony is planning to launch a new PlayStation VR headset within the next year, but you’ll need to connect it to a PlayStation 5 console for it to work, making a full setup more expensive than the Quest 2. The Quest 2 also has built -in sensors, removing the need for extra wires or external devices to play.
Another key factor in the Quest 2’s favor is game selection. The Quest 2 has exclusive VR games and interactive experiences like Resident Evil 4 VR and Vader Immortal, which aren’t playable on competing headsets. New VR users will also have an easy time using the Quest’s store to find new apps they’re interested in.
The $100 increase is disappointing, but if you’re looking to dip your toes into VR, the Quest 2 remains the best headset in its price range.