Yesterday it seems that it was the day of price increase, and if it dawned with the increase in the cost of the subscription to Amazon-Prime, the goal quest 2 is about to be $100 more expensive, bringing the price of the 128GB model to $399.99 and the 256GB model to $499.99.
According to a publication of Goalthe nearly two-year-old headphone price change will come into effect “As of August”. Therefore and under this news, users should probably act fast if they hope to have one of these devices before the price changes.
It seems likely that scalpers and their armies of bot are about to have a heyday with the models currently on sale at the old price. Customers can pick them up at places like the Official Meta Store, Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop, Target, or Walmart.
This is a huge price increase for what was one of the best deals on gaming for years, and it comes at a time when Goal as a whole seeks to start earning more money, while also trying to build a business centered around people who have access to virtual reality hardware.
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However, the company is offering something to buyers to help make the new price a little easier to swallow: Starting August 1 and continuing through the rest of the year, the Quest 2 will come with a free copy of Beat Saber, an extremely popular product. A VR rhythm game that normally costs $29.99.
According to UploadVR, those looking to save money by going with refurbished models will also have to put $100 extra for the base version Y USD$80 for the one with upgraded storage, paying USD$ 349 Y USD$ 429respectively.
In its Tuesday post, Meta says that “the costs of making and shipping our products have been on the rise.” According to sources speaking to Alex Heath, a worker at The Verge outlet, the company makes no money from sales of Quest headsets.
However, it is possible that antitrust regulators could accuse Meta of deliberately subsidizing its headphones long enough to drive out competitors who simply couldn’t afford to match its price and then raise the price once it had become dominant in the market.
As an example of how popular Quest 2 is with gamers, you just have to look at the hardware survey of Steam of last month: 49.02 percent of people using Steam VR were playing a Quest 2.
This is, by the way, a headset that doesn’t require a computer to run, so that number probably doesn’t account for all the people who wear the headset. The market research company IDC estimates that the Quest 2 accounted for 78% of the virtual/augmented reality market in 2021, according to Hindu.
Recent reports have indicated that Meta is working on a new list of virtual reality headsets and augmented reality, and some will be significantly more expensive than the current crop (even with rising prices).
The company has not been shy about the fact that it is working on new hardware, but with the measure presented yesterday to give users a pause to buy in its ecosystem. That wouldn’t be good for Meta, which has said it’s “all or nothing” in virtual worlds.