As Sony slowly continues to peel back the curtain on its PSVR2 headset – revealing a selection of neat new user interface features earlier in the week – Facebook made the unprecedented move of increasing the price of its Meta Quest 2 headset overnight. The standalone device, which originally released over two years ago, will now cost $100 more – regardless of the model you select.
This means prospective punters can expect to pay $399.99 for the 128GB model (previously $299.99) and $499.99 for the 256GB model (previously $399.99) starting next month. It’s a surprising move which will leave Sony either breathing a sigh of relief or rubbing its hands together, as it continues to keep the potentially expensive PSVR2’s price point under wraps.
Those who purchase a Meta Quest 2 between 1st August and 31st December will be eligible for a free copy of must-play rhythm game Beat Saber, but considering the trendy slash-‘em-up usually retails for around $29.99, this does little to offset the price hike. Despite all this, Facebook is keen to reiterate that the Meta Quest 2 will remain “the most affordable VR headset” on the market.
This is likely to remain true, of course, as PSVR2 – irrespective of how much it costs – will still need to be connected to a PS5 console in order to operate. However, it does potentially give Sony a little wiggle room, as it seeks to find the best possible way to bundle together its bleeding-edge headset and new PSVR2 Sense Controllers.
The inaugural PSVR headset launched at $399.99 in 2016, and came with the required PS Camera accessory. However, a more expensive bundle – including two PS Move controllers and a copy of London Studio’s flagship tech demo title PSVR Worlds – was flogged for $499.99. At the time, it was the cheapest virtual reality option available, although it also required a PS4 console as well.
Meta Quest 2’s standalone flexibility has made it the market leader in recent years, and it’s unlikely that PSVR2 will be able to wrestle that status away from its rival. Sony, however, is banking on “higher quality” experiences to sell its headset, with tentpole first-party title Horizon Call of the Mountain flanked by major third-party adaptations, like Resident Evil Village.
However, its next-gen feature set – which includes built-in haptic feedback and higher resolution visuals – has fans pondering just how much the headset is going to cost. Sony will now feel it has a little more flexibility, and whether that means it’s feeling relieved or rubbing its hands in wake of Meta Quest 2’s announcement overnight, those all-important price point comparisons are unquestionably going to look a little more favourable now.
How do you think Meta Quest 2’s price alterations will affect PSVR2? How much are you expecting Sony’s new headset to cost? Cough up in the comments section below.