In context: Meta launched the Quest 2 in late 2020 at a beginning value of $299 earlier than inexplicably deciding to hike its value by $100 final yr. The Quest Professional was priced at a staggering $1,500 from day 1, making it unaffordable for most individuals. Meta has seemingly acknowledged that they had been overpriced, saying value cuts for each items.
Meta announced vital value cuts on its Quest Professional and Quest 2 headsets. The brand new MSRPs go into impact on Sunday, March 5. Sadly, the entry-level 128GB Meta Quest 2 stays at $400. Nonetheless, the 256 GB mannequin will get its value slashed from $500 to $430, and the Professional will price $999.99 as an alternative of $1,500.
The corporate stated the worth drop on the Quest 2 would assist extra folks expertise VR with out tethering a headset to their PC or recreation console. The decrease price for the Quest Professional goals to make it obtainable to extra enterprise customers.
Meta’s transfer to decrease the costs of its VR headsets comes simply over six months after the corporate hiked the 256GB Quest 2 from $400 to $500 and the 128GB from $300 to $400. At the moment, the corporate stated the rise was needed to assist it maintain “investing in shifting the VR trade ahead for the long run.”
The Meta Quest Professional launched final October for a whopping $1,500. Nonetheless, in contrast to the Quest 2, it’s geared toward professionals and companies reasonably than avid gamers. Its use case is to allow enterprise customers to visualise 3D fashions of merchandise, create digital workspaces, and collaborate with distant coworkers effectively. It is usually backward suitable with Quest 2 apps and video games, that means clients might nonetheless use it as a high-end gaming headset.
The brand new costs ought to entice some VR fanatics to tug the set off and get a brand new Quest headset, which is most probably Meta’s motivation. That stated, Quest 2 is routinely obtainable at first rate reductions throughout buying seasons, though the everlasting value drop implies that customers can now purchase it at an affordable value all yr spherical.
The value minimize on the Quest Professional only a few months after its launch is a shock, however it can probably assist filter out stock earlier than Apple’s rumored XR headset debuts later this yr. Plus, it units a value 66 p.c decrease than Cupertino’s rumored value of $3,000.