The Meta Quest 2 VR headset has increased significantly in price

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Two years after its launch, the VR Quest 2 headset from Meta (ex-Oculus/Facebook) will soon change in price, but not in the direction we expected. It is actually an increase of €100 which will apply to the two available models.

Oculus Quest 2

Introductory price €349

  • Fnac.com

    349.99

  • Top BuyTop Buy

    354.94

  • Materiel.netMateriel.net

    356.91

  • LDLCLDLC

    358.91

  • RakutenRakuten

    429.00

  • Fnac.com marketplaceFnac.com marketplace

    493.03

  • Amazon MarketplaceAmazon Marketplace

    498.85

  • Darty MarketplaceDarty Marketplace

    574.53

  • baker.combaker.com

    349.99

This is how the price table works

If we needed any more proof that the tech world is running on its head these days, the latest comes to us from Meta. Two years after the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 standalone virtual reality headset, convention would have liked that if the price were to be revised, it would be down. But it is actually the opposite that will happen: from August 2022, the price tag will be inflated by €100 for the two available models.

It will therefore be necessary to pay €449 and €549 respectively for the 128GB and 256GB versions of the headset, instead of the €349 and €449 prices still valid for a few days. Price increases on accessories, for example the rigid Elite headband, are also to be expected. To pass the pill, the essential rhythm game Beat Saber will be available to all new Quest 2 buyers until December 31, 2022.

Rising production costs as justification

To justify this increase, Meta unsurprisingly evokes the current conjecture and the rampant inflation in the price of raw materials, which weighs heavily on the production costs of the helmet. The company also highlights “billions of dollars” invested “to promote and develop a thriving VR ecosystem”and ensures that these price increases will allow it “to continue to invest in research and development of groundbreaking new products that will take the VR industry to new heights”.

It is not the first time, with the eminently complex period that the world is going through at the moment, that a technological product has seen its price adjusted upwards. We remember, for example, the increase that Nvidia applied in January 2022 to their RTX 30 Founders Edition graphics cards, a year and a few months after the launch of the first models in the series. However, the case of the Quest 2 is notable for the proportional size of the increase: expressed as a percentage, the increase registered by the entry-level model, with 128 GB of storage, amounts to a staggering 27%. The situation is even more spectacular in the United States, as the same model in its home countries registers + 33%, from $299 to $399 (the 256 GB model, meanwhile, goes from $399 to $499).

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A new, more reasonable approach to the market?

It’s worth noting that upon its initial release in the fall of 2022, the Quest 2 was priced at an extremely aggressive price. Its entry price of €299/349 was, and still is today, completely unprecedented for a VR headset with this level of equipment, and although the production cost of the headset has never been disclosed, there is little doubt that it sold with a huge loss of Facebook/Meta.

This was part of the company’s strategy to accelerate the adoption of VR in the public at all costs, all the while behind the scenes already preparing major projects regarding the famous metaverse. Only then, two years later, said projects turned out to be staggeringly expensive for Mark Zuckerberg’s company, and even an organization with such a lavishly filled bank account could not afford to contemplate a $13 billion abyss without reacting. We would therefore venture to assume that these new prices also reflect a new, much more sensible approach to the market.

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Finally, remember that Meta plans to launch a new model of standalone VR headset before the end of 2022, which we know today under the code name Project Cambria. If it is rumored that the device could eventually be called Quest Pro, it will not replace the Quest 2 and it will be placed much higher in the range: the rumors of the corridors evoke a price higher than €1000. As for a possible “real” Quest 3, it will probably still be very patient.

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