The Oculus Quest 2 is about to get a lot more expensive.
From August 1, 2022, one of the best VR headsets out there will see its price rise to $400 / £400 / AU$630 for the 128GB version (from $299 / £299 / AU$479), and $500 / £500 / AU$790 for the 256GB model (instead of $399 / £399 / AU$639).
That means if you want to grab the Oculus Quest 2 (now officially the Meta Quest 2) before it sees a massive price hike, you’ve only got a few days left. Meta has warned that the price hike will also affect the best Oculus Quest 2 accessories and refurbished units – giving you even fewer reasons to put off a purchase if you’ve been on the fence.
Despite the incredible success VR hardware has seen — with an estimated 15 million Quest 2 headsets sold and more than $1 billion spent on Meta Quest apps since launch — the price hike is necessary to keep up with rising operational and development costs. to counteract . This argument is similar to the one Amazon used earlier today (July 26) when it announced that the price of Amazon Prime was going up in the UK and Europe.
However, every cloud has a silver lining – a little. In this case, if you buy a new Quest 2 between August 1 and December 31, 2022, you can grab a free copy of Beat Saber – one of the best Oculus Quest 2 games – worth $30 / £23 / AU$47 .
In order to get the free game, in addition to purchasing the headset within the above time frame, you must activate it before January 31, 2023 using an account that does not have Beat Saber installed yet. Do that and you’ll have 14 days to buy and download Beat Saber for free – though you’ll still have to pay for DLC like the Fall Out Boy and Billie Eilish song packs.
Analysis: Bring back the 64GB Oculus Quest 2
While the Quest 2 will go up in price from next month, it’ll really just go back to the price it was originally, at least in the US and UK – for those of you in Australia it’ll be a whole AU$10 cheaper than it was at launch .
When the Quest 2 first launched, you couldn’t buy a 256GB version of the console. Instead, the 128GB model was the more expensive option at $399 / £399 / AU$639, with a cheaper 64GB headset available for $299 / £299 / AU$479. That changed about a year ago when Meta decided to scrap the 64GB model, lower the price of the 128GB model and launch a new 256GB version.
The big problem with Meta going back to its original pricing, though, is that there’s no $299 / £299 / AU$479 Quest 2 now – and that’s a problem.
Sure, the Quest 2’s $399 / £399 / AU$639 price still makes it a lot cheaper than rivals in the VR market (like the Valve Index), but it’s a tough pill to swallow nonetheless. That’s especially true when you look at gaming as a whole.
The full-powered PS5 and Xbox Series X consoles are only a fraction more expensive in some parts of the world at $499 / £449 / AU$749, while the discless PS5 ($400 / £360 / AU$600) or the Xbox Series S ($300 / £250 / AU$500) are even cheaper in some regions.
You may not get the unique VR experience, but you do get access to a host of great titles and next-gen upgrades for some of your favorites from the PS4 and Xbox One era.
To counter this, Meta needs its cheaper VR headset – it needs the 64GB version of the Quest 2.
In a recent teardown of why you shouldn’t buy the Oculus Quest 2 256GB model, we explained that large amounts of storage are not necessary for VR games. They come out at about 8.8 GB (opens in new tab) for Resident Evil 4 VR, and most are under 2GB, so even with the 128GB model, you’ll still have plenty of room for a lot of games.
And based on our experience, the 64GB version is also fine. We actually still use our 64GB headset, and while we have to remove and swap games, it’s not much of a hassle. In addition, our headset’s hard drive is only full because we have quite a few games that we have reviewed; most people won’t push the limits of their hardware’s storage that far.
At this point, Meta has yet to announce plans to relaunch a 64GB headset at the original price of $299 / £299 / AU$479, but we hope that changes. VR is really taking off, and a big reason for that is that the Quest 2 is a relatively inexpensive gadget for people to pick up.
If cheaper rivals could hit the market, Meta could see his status as the top dog in the VR world under threat – and that wouldn’t bode well for his future VR projects like the upcoming Project Cambria headset.
We’ve previously argued that Meta’s demise would come from its own mistakes rather than the success of its competitors – and today’s news gives weight to that theory.