Meta (the company formerly known as Facebook) has confirmed that it is inflating the price of Quest 2 VR headsets by $100 on August 1. As far as I can tell, you can still find both models at the lower prices, but time is running out and the price to enter the observable Zuckerverse will soon inflate.
Zuck is extending a bit of an olive branch. New purchases will include a free download of Beat Saber, a very popular VR app. It’s a nice gesture, but it doesn’t offset the $100 upcharge. Beat Saber is a $30 game with in-app purchases.
According to Meta, “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.”
That sounds great, except the price hikes will likely put Quest 2 headsets out of reach for many. I’m not sure how you grow a nascent industry by making the gear more expensive.
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