Meta has surprisingly announced that it will lower the price of the 256GB Quest 2 virtual reality headset while bringing the Quest Pro under $1,000.
In a move that makes Sony’s decision to price PSVR 2 so high even more apparent, Meta is looking to reinforce its current dominance in the VR market by partially reversing a previous price increase.
After raising the price of the Quest 2 256GB from $399 to $499 in 2022, the company has now bought back the top storage option back to $429. The change will take effect on March 5 if you wait to purchase.
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We’ve reached out to Meta for confirmation, but we’d expect the cut to mirror directly in the UK as well, bringing it down from £499 to £429. Unfortunately, the Quest 2 128GB remains at the inflated price of $299/£299.
The Meta Quest Pro price drop is even more significant, at a third less than the initial price of $1,499. Starting March 15, now $999 in the United States and Canada. Again, we’d expect it to drop from £1,499 to £999.
The about-face comes with Meta promising to make its VR gear as affordable as possible for anyone wanting to try VR. It also comes as Sony faces criticism for the $549/£529 pricing of the PSVR 2 headset, which can’t be used without the PS5.
In a blog post, Meta says, “Our goal has always been to create hardware that is affordable for as many people as possible to take full advantage of VR. That’s why we created the first standalone headsets with inside-out tracking, allowing people to experience the freedom of wireless VR without the need for a separate PC or game console.
“While we are not lowering the price of the 128GB Meta Quest 2 SKU, a new lower price for 256GB of storage will bring the joy of fully immersive games and experiences to even more people. Similarly, by lowering the price of Meta Quest Pro, we are making our industry-leading Meta Reality technology and Infinite Display optical stack available to even more businesses and professionals around the world.”