Meta Abandons Authentic Quest VR Headset

A woman wearing a Oculus Quest VR headset holding controllers and looking at a screen.

The unique Oculus Quest was utilizing growing older know-how even when it debuted in 2019, although now Meta has determined to finish assist for the gadget.
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With just one iteration forward, Meta has declared that its first Meta Quest VR headset gained’t be receiving any extra love or TLC.

In an electronic mail despatched to Meta Quest 1 customers and later posted to Twitter, the corporate spelled out how will probably be dropping assist for its authentic, cheaper digital actuality gadget. Most significantly, the gadget will not obtain future content material updates. By 2024, the gadget will not get any bug fixes or safety patches.

Notably, customers will not have vital performance. Although Meta promised you’ll nonetheless be capable of use the headset and its put in video games and apps, Quest 1 customers will not be capable of be part of events, and they’re going to additionally lose entry to Meta’s characteristic product Horizon Residence on March 5 this yr. Customers will not be capable of invite others to their properties or journey over to a different person’s dwelling.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced what was initially known as the Oculus Quest in 2018 because the premiere wi-fi VR headset. The corporate launched the headset in 2019 (so Meta is slightly off of their letter after they mentioned they launched the gadget “over 4 years in the past”), and this was all earlier than Meta formally renamed the gadgets and its varied providers in 2021. So the Quest 1 is working off four-year-old tech, and it might make some sense why Meta wouldn’t need to assist growing older {hardware}.

The Meta Quest 2 has been billed as a finances, entry-level VR headset, however that was Meta attempting to engender assist for his or her entire idea of the “metaverse” whereas operating at a loss, a technique which lastly bit them within the bottom in Q3 final yr. Meta then instituted worth will increase for the Quest 2, elevating prices to $399 for its 128GB model and $499 for its 256GB version.

The unique Quest debuted for $399 for a 64GB model and $499 for its 128GB rendition, however you’ll be able to simply discover cheaper variations nonetheless being bought for less expensive on-line. It simply means there might be one much less low cost(er) headset available on the market, and there don’t appear to be any new releases to switch it.

The tip of assist for the Quest 1 means entry-level VR will develop into that rather more costly for the common individual. Pico, which is owned by TikTok dad or mum firm ByteDance, introduced its personal $425 and $499 headsets final yr, however the firm was absent at CES 2023, and we nonetheless don’t have any phrase of U.S. launch plans. Past that, there’s been little push for extra budget-friendly VR as of late. Meta has its personal $1,499 Quest Professional it launched final yr to decidedly combined opinions. This yr, HTC launched its VIVE XR Elite combined actuality headset for $1,099, which Gizmodo obtained to attempt at CES.

And, in fact, there’s Sony and its PlayStation VR2. The corporate had these headsets prepared for demo at CES, however scheduling difficulties meant Gizmodo didn’t get the chance to demo the gadget. We’ll simply need to see what occurs with Sony’s $549.99 headset when it lastly releases in February.