Starting June 4, the 128GB version of the Quest 2 will cost $299.99 while the 256GB version will cost $349.99, Meta announced today. That’s a $100 price cut for the entry-level version and an $80 price cut for the step-up model. Along with lowering the price of the headset, Meta also says it’s working on a software update that will improve CPU and GPU performance on the Quest 2, as well as the newer Quest Pro.
Meta says it plans to continue selling the Quest 2 (as well as the more professional Quest Pro) alongside the Quest 3 when it launches later this year. “Quest 2 remains our most affordable entry point for virtual reality and Pro is optimized for business use cases, with face and eye tracking for more authentic self-expression in meetings,” says its Press release.
With an upcoming software update, Meta says it will increase the CPU performance of the Quest 2 and Quest Pro by up to 26%. The update will also increase the GPU performance of the Quest 2 by 19% and the Quest Pro by 11%. Developers will need to configure their apps to get the most out of the changes, but once they do, Meta says users will experience “smoother gameplay, a more responsive UI, and more content.” rich on both helmets”.
Dynamic resolution scaling is also coming to both hardware components “so games and apps can take advantage of increased pixel density without dropping frames” when the GPU is underutilized.
Today’s announcement doesn’t mention exactly when this update will roll out, but the new price will go into effect from June 4, the day before Apple is expected to unveil its first headset at WWDC at the expected price. of $3,000.