Meta is significantly increasing the price of its Meta Quest 2 VR glasses. The group cites constant investments in the ecosystem and increased product costs as the reason.
Price increases are really nothing special this year. With VR glasses, Meta’s announcement today should still cause astonishment: The group will increase the price of Meta Quest 2 from August to $399.99 (128 gigabytes of memory) and $499.99 (256 gigabytes of memory). To date, the models have been available for a hundred dollars less each – and have been for around a year and a half.
Recently, both versions have included the most successful VR game Beat Saber from the Beat Games studio that was taken over. The software bundle at the new price is valid from August 1st to December 31st, 2022.
Meta Quest 2 is getting more expensive
It is unclear for the time being how the increase will be affect European prices will, which were slightly higher from the start. In France, for example, Quest 2 is currently still available at the old regular price of 349 or 449 euros. If you want to be on the safe side, you should buy the old price before August.
Meta does not officially sell the devices in Germany. In August, however, the Facebook obligation for Quest 2 falls, which makes a publication in this country more likely.
Order Meta Quest 2 from Germany
Meta Quest 2 will not be sold in Germany for the time being. It is not known how long this ban will last.
At Amazon France you can buy the Meta Quest 2 as normal. Tip: Right click on the web page and select “Translate”.
Meta Quest – 128GB | Oculus Quest – 256GB
A notice: You can order from Amazon France via your German account. The VR glasses support German language in the menus. A regional lock by Facebook is currently not active – Quest 2 is functioning normally. Amazon France delivers within a few days, some of the devices are even shipped from warehouses in Germany.
The price increase also extends to Quest 2 accessories and used “refurbished” devices in the USA. They will cost $349 (128 GB) and $429 (256 GB) in the future.
“We have Billions of dollars investedto foster a thriving VR ecosystem,” Meta said of the price increase. The company refers to increased prices for production and delivery. Even after the price adjustment, Quest 2 is still the most affordable VR headset in its device class.
“Now we’re making a change that will help us continue to invest long-term to drive the industry forward with the best hardware, action-packed games, and pioneering research into true next-gen devices.”
Quest 2: A losing proposition for Meta
According to Verge reporter Alex Heath, Meta doesn’t make any money from headset sales. This fits in with Meta’s previous strategy of entering the VR market as quickly as possible with an unrivaled low price and a strong all-round package like the Quest 2.
Buyers of Meta’s upcoming premium headset, codenamed Cambria, which could be called Quest Pro when released in the fall, will have to dig even deeper into their pockets. According to Meta, it will cost well over $800. Speculations range up to $1500.
Some FCC filings indicate that Meta will also soon face more competition: Pico could soon launch two Quest competitors. The subsidiary of the Tiktok provider Bytedance is planning to release the Pico 4 and Pico 4 Pro models.