Meta’s VR bet: How do holiday headset prices compare?
Meta said earlier this month that it would lay off more than 11,000 employees, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote that he would put more resources into AI and the long-term vision of the metaverse.
The change has been criticized by those who say it should scrap the VR-driven plan and start over.
Zuckerberg has also faced scrutiny over his proposed acquisition of VR content maker Within Unlimited, despite the Federal Trade Commission arguing that the deal would “create a monopoly” in the fitness app market VR
However, even though the metaverse has been criticized, VR headsets are still popular among gamers.
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However, prices can vary, and Meta Quest Pro is another of Meta’s bets.
Meta announced last month that the VR headset was available for purchase, but are holiday shoppers catching on?
The company’s “most advanced headset,” the first in a new “high-end” class of VR headsets, costs a whopping $1,500.
This order includes the headset, two auto-tracking Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, stylus tips, partial light blockers, and a charging dock.
In a statement, Meta said it enables “full-color mixed reality,” combining virtual experiences with the physical world, and features high-resolution sensors, next-generation pancake optics, advanced LCD displays, and a sleek, comfortable design with tracking ocular and Natural facial expressions.
“All of this makes Meta Quest Pro the perfect device for collaborating and working much more naturally in VR. And we plan to work closely with developers over time to build a rich ecosystem of experiences that leverage the Meta Quest Pro’s innovative mixed reality and social presence capabilities,” the company wrote, adding that it is excited to see what developers create with the tools released for the AI Presence suite of machine perception and capabilities. Platform.
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Meta added that the headset would be “ideal for the future of work,” including use in Horizon Workrooms meetings, as well as for art and other activities.
“Meta is positioning the new Meta Quest Pro headset as an alternative to using a laptop,” Rolf Illenberger, founder and CEO of VRdirect, told The Associated Press, noting that for businesses, operating in virtual worlds of the metaverse is still “. pretty stretch.”
The company said it continues to improve the VR software experience and will add recording and casting for MR in a future software update.
It is available to consumers where Meta Quest products are supported online and at select retailers, including Best Buy and Amazon.
Other headphones cost hundreds of dollars less, but offer different features.
The Meta Quest 2 was marked down from about $400 to $350 on Saturday, and the Oculus Quest 2 retails for $500.
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The Playstation VR2, which has intelligent eye tracking, sharp focus, immersive 3D audio and more, will be available in February for around $550.
According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, the Apple VR/Augmented Reality headset is rumored to cost upwards of $2,000.
The cost is reportedly due to the powerful hardware used.
China said earlier this month that it aims to ship more than 25 million VR devices by 2026.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.