The honeymoon could also be over for low-cost VR headsets. In a stunning transfer, Fb father or mother firm Meta simply introduced that its 2-year-old Quest 2 VR headset shall be going up in worth by $100 beginning Aug. 1. That is not how client electronics usually work.

The 128GB storage-equipped base mode of the stand-alone VR headset, which usually prices $300, shall be $400. The 256GB mannequin will improve from $400 to $500.

In a tweet issued by Meta, the value hike was defined as a transfer to “proceed investing in shifting the VR trade ahead for the long run.”

It is all the time been understood that the value of Meta’s VR headsets was in impact being backed, priced at prices significantly decrease than opponents have been in a position to match so as to achieve as a big a footprint as potential. 

The value hike will embrace a free recreation code for Beat Saber, admittedly a nice recreation on the Quest, however Beat Saber solely prices $30, in order that’s nonetheless a $70 worth differential.

The Quest 2 at $400 turns into a distinct prospect than at $300. There are nonetheless a number of days to get a Quest 2 at its present worth earlier than the hike. However, then once more, it might even be an indication of the rising prices of the subsequent wave of VR headsets. It is unlikely the PlayStation VR 2, or the rest, shall be cheaper. In impact, this makes the Quest 2 return to the value that the unique Oculus Quest value within the first place.

Mark Zuckerberg mentioned the longer term rising prices of next-gen VR headsets, together with the upcoming “Cambria” headset that is anticipated to be known as the Quest Professional, in a dialog with CNET final yr. Meta has had a run of monetary downturns just lately, with rising experiences of inner pressures inside Meta.

CNET requested Meta for remark and acquired this assertion: “Meta has invested billions of {dollars} to assist foster and develop a thriving VR ecosystem. We’re adjusting the value of our Meta Quest 2 headsets to allow us to proceed investing in methods that may hold driving this more and more aggressive trade ahead for shoppers and builders alike.”

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