Meta Quest Pro sees 33 percent price drop after less than five months
The price drop puts the Quest Pro in line with other high-end headsets, including the untethered $1,100 HTC Vive XR Elite and the $1,000 Valve Index (which requires tethering to a gaming PC). That said, for practically the same money, you can get a $550 PSVR2 and the $500 PlayStation 5 to tether it to. And the Quest Pro is still 150 percent more expensive than the cheapest Quest 2, which supports almost all the same software and delivers a sufficient VR experience for most users.
The low-end, 128GB version of the Quest 2 headset will remain at its current $400 price, leading to an awkward situation where customers will be able to double the onboard storage space for just $30 more. It also means the entry-level price for the Quest ecosystem remains stuck at $400, which is $100 higher than it was just over seven months ago.
Meta recently said the Quest line had sold a healthy 20 million units, according to reports of an internal presentation, putting it in the same range as hardware like the Xbox Series X/S. But it's unclear how regularly those users are actually using their headsets; Meta Vice President for VR Mark Rabkin reportedly told employees that "the newer cohorts that are coming in, the people who bought it this last Christmas, they're just not as into it."
A new, thinner Quest headset is reportedly planned for later this year, ahead of a 2024 headset, codenamed Ventura, which is targeting what Rabkin reportedly called "the most attractive price point in the VR consumer market."