Meta (who owns Facebook) has announced that its Quest 2 VR headset is going up by $100. Now usually tech that gets older goes down in price. It is how the world works. Technology gets cheaper to make, prices drop and people on a budget get to enjoy things which they previously could not afford. However, Meta seems to believe that its two-year-old Quest 2 VR headset needs a 33% price hike for some reason.
The company says that according to new production costs and shipping price hikes, the headset will now need a $100 price increase to fit stay profitable. The Meta Quest 2 VR headset which will now cost $100 more is the exact same model which users could buy back in September 2020. However, it will now cost you $499 instead of $399 starting on 1 August 2022.
Thankfully, there is still time for you to pick up the VR headset before the price hike. Keep in mind that you’ll need to import it into South Africa if you are interested in buying it. There are two models available starting at $299 and $399. Soon to be $399 and $499.
Of course, things are getting expensive of late. Petrol is going up, technology is getting a bit more expensive and new devices, especially ones with revamped hardware and internals cost more than ever to buy. However, a two-year-old VR headset seeing a $100 price hike is just a little mad. It is the exact same product boasting the exact same design, hardware and more. In fact, these headsets have most likely been sitting in a warehouse since 2020 gathering dust. They are now going to cost you a lot more money to buy.
Meta didn’t exactly explain why the company is increasing the price of its Quest 2 VR headset. The company says that along with the headsets, all the accessories will also go up in price. The excuse for the increase seems to be linked to the cost of making and shipping the devices….. I just don’t know how it would cost $100 more.
“VR’s momentum is undeniable. From gaming and productivity to fitness and beyond, VR has become increasingly popular as it positively impacts the ways we work, play, and connect with each other. People have spent over $1 billion on Meta Quest apps, helping to fuel developers’ businesses as they deliver the games and experiences that make VR great.
At the same time, the costs to make and ship our products have been on the rise. By adjusting the price of Quest 2, we can continue to grow our investment in groundbreaking research and new product development that pushes the VR industry to new heights.”
Maybe just wait for the PlayStation VR2 headset to arrive later this year. Sony recently shared new details on the user experience which you can read here.