The Meta Quest 3 launched last month, the next generation of VR headset from the same people who brought you Facebook. The ultimate VR experience right now, but it’s a lot of money, especially if this is a style of gaming you only want to dabble with right now. You don’t need to hand over $500 for a new Meta Quest headset though, just the newest one. If you don’t already own one and you’re not fussed about having the latest model, the Meta Quest 2 is available for half the price of its successor for a limited time.
The Meta Quest 2 is usually $300. Significantly less than the Quest 3, but that’s still a lot of money to drop all in one go, especially if VR isn’t something you’ve engaged with all that much before. Multiple retailers have dropped the price of the headset even more for Black Friday, except it isn’t Black Friday yet and the price has already been dropped. All the way down to $250 at Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and GameStop.
Meta Quest 2
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The Meta Quest 2 is a great way to get into VR without breaking the bank. It comes with high-definition LCD screens and obstruction detection for safer play.
The headset on offer across all four retailers is the 128GB model, but the 256GB model also seems to have had its price cut too. Usually $350, the larger model is down to $300 at Walmart, GameStop, and Amazon. Interestingly Amazon has the regular prices of both models at $100 more than other retailers, possibly because it’s basing it off of what they sold for at launch. Even more significant savings if you go by those numbers even though the Meta Quest 2 hasn’t retailed for that much for quite a while.
Meta Quest 2
$299 $350 Save $51
With twice as much memory as the model above, the 256GB model of the Meta Quest 2 is still reduced by the same amount so technically costs the same as a 128GB model usually does right now.
Aside from paying half of what you would for a Meta Quest 3, there’s a strong argument to be made for holding out on buying the latest headset and sticking with the older model right now based on the library. While the new headset boasts backwards compatibility with the previous model – unlike the PS VR2 – there isn’t exactly a wide library of new games on the brand new Meta offering right now. Maybe stick with the Quest 2 for a few months and see how things pan out.
This holiday season is already shaping up to be an exciting one for new and reduced hardware. Valve revealed the Steam Deck OLED last week and it’ll be here before the end of the week. Nintendo also has new bundles coming our way. A fresh Mario Kart 8 Deluxe bundle – tis the season – and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate bundled with an OLED Switch.
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