Meta Abandons Unique Quest VR Headset

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

The unique Oculus Quest was utilizing ageing know-how even when it debuted in 2019, although now Meta has determined to finish assist for the machine.
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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 it is going to be dropping assist for its unique, cheaper digital actuality machine. Most significantly, the machine will now not obtain future content material updates. By 2024, the machine will now not get any bug fixes or safety patches.

Notably, customers will now not have vital performance. Although Meta promised you’ll nonetheless have the ability to use the headset and its put in video games and apps, Quest 1 customers will now not have the ability to be part of events, and they’re going to additionally lose entry to Meta’s function product Horizon Dwelling on March 5 this 12 months. Customers will now not have the ability to invite others to their houses or journey over to a different person’s residence.

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 somewhat off of their letter after they mentioned they launched the machine “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 wish to assist ageing {hardware}.

The Meta Quest 2 has been billed as a price range, entry-level VR headset, however that was Meta making an attempt to engender assist for his or her complete idea of the “metaverse” whereas operating at a loss, a method which lastly bit them within the bottom in Q3 final 12 months. 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 may simply discover cheaper variations nonetheless being bought for less expensive on-line. It simply means there can be one much less low-cost(er) headset available on the market, and there don’t appear to be any new releases to exchange it.

The tip of assist for the Quest 1 means entry-level VR will turn out to be that rather more costly for the typical individual. Pico, which is owned by TikTok guardian firm ByteDance, introduced its personal $425 and $499 headsets final 12 months, 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 12 months to decidedly combined evaluations. This 12 months, HTC launched its VIVE XR Elite combined actuality headset for $1,099, which Gizmodo received to attempt at CES.

And, after all, 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 machine. We’ll simply need to see what occurs with Sony’s $549.99 headset when it lastly releases in February.