Meta raises Quest 2 headset prices by $100 next month

The Meta Quest 2 (formerly known as the Oculus Quest 2) is set to be $100 more expensive, bringing the price of the 128GB model to $399.99 and the 256GB model to $499.99 $. According a message from Metathe price change of the almost two-year-old helmet will take effect “from August”.

While I hate to recommend buying things under pressure, you should probably act fast if you hope to get your hands on them first. It seems likely that scalpers and their armies of bots are about to have their heyday with the models that are currently on sale at the old price. You can get them from places like The official Meta store, best buy, Amazon, GameStop, TargetWhere walmart.

This is a steep price increase for what has been one of the best game deals for years, and it comes at a time when Meta as a whole is seeks to reduce fat and start making more money – all at the same time trying to start a business focused on people with access to virtual reality hardware. The company is offering something for buyers, though, to help make the new price a little easier to swallow: Starting August 1 and for the rest of the year, the Quest 2 will come with a free copy of beat the saberan extremely popular VR rhythm game that normally costs $29.99.

According UploadVRthose looking to save money by go with refurbished models will also have to shell out an additional $100 for the basic version and $80 for the one with enhanced storage, paying $349 and $429 respectively.

In its article on Tuesday, Meta states that “the costs of manufacturing and shipping our products have increased”. According to sources speaking to Edge journalist Alex Heath, the company does not make money on sales of Quest helmets.

It’s possible, however, that antitrust regulators will accuse Meta of deliberately subsidizing its headsets long enough to drive out competitors who simply couldn’t afford to match its price, and then raising the price once it had become dominant in the market. As an example of Quest 2’s popularity among gamers, just look at the last month Steam Hardware Survey: 49.02% of people using virtual reality with Steam played on a Quest 2.

Awareness of the Quest 2 has increased since last year.
Graphic: Valve

By the way, this is a headset that doesn’t require a computer to operate, so that number probably doesn’t account for everyone who uses the headsets. Market research firm IDC estimates that the Quest 2 accounted for 78% of the virtual/augmented reality market in 2021, according The Hindu.

Recent reports have indicated that Meta is working on a new slate of VR and AR headsets, some of which are expected to be significantly more expensive than the current crop (even with the price increase). The company was not shy about it working on new hardware, but Tuesday’s decision could give users pause before buying into its ecosystem. It wouldn’t be good for Meta, who said it was go all-in on virtual worlds.

If you’re rushing now to buy one of these headphones before the price increase, you might want to check it out our video presenting some of its most useful features.

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