Meta cancels plans for a Quest Pro 2, with the Quest Pro to be phased out
Meta has decided to scale back its premium VR headset plans, although it isn’t clear exactly what has led to the decision. According to The Information, the social media company has killed off plans to develop a Quest Pro 2 headset, which would have been the sequel to the recently launched Quest Pro. The Quest Pro has been generally well-reviewed, however it is substantially more expensive than its regular non-Pro line initially launching at $1,500 before being wound back to $1,000 in response to complaints.
The Quest Pro launched as recently as October, but the pitch to sell it even at the $1,000 price point following the launch of the Apple Vision Pro - an even pricier - but potentially more attractive option for VR and AR fans seeking a premium experience. In addition to the Quest 2 cancellation, Meta has reportedly advised its manufacturing partner that once the current supply of components comes to an end, that it will continue production of the Quest Pro. When Quest Pro supplies might run out is anyone’s guess, however.
With Meta’s plans for premium VR and AR headsets seemingly on ice, the company is said to be turning its attention to the recently announced Quest 3, which is due this fall for a much more affordable $500. The company has been more successful than most in this category and the Quest 3 is expected to build on the success of its predecessors with improvements across the board. Optics have been upgraded as has performance with the latest Snapdragon chipset delivering 2x the graphics performance of the previous gen.