Let’s be honest, virtual reality (VR) isn’t to everyone’s liking. Not all gamers desire to strap a computer to their face and start moving around in a virtual world. Those attitudes are slowly changing, thanks to better hardware and a greater abundance of quality software. The current front-runner is Meta’s Quest 2, a standalone headset packed with features on sale since 2020. It is the easiest path into VR, and thanks to a recent price cut and a huge amount of newly announced games, the argument to own a Quest 2 is even simpler.
Quest games galore!
Recently, the Quest Gaming Showcase featured an abundance of new titles, some were complete surprises whilst others updated previous announcements. Over 15 games made an appearance, some of the most exciting being Asgard’s Wrath 2, Arizona Sunshine II, Attack on Titan VR: Unbreakable and Stranger Things VR, to name a few.
Even if you didn’t see the showcase, pop on over to the “coming soon & pre-orders” section of the Quest Store and you’ll see 24 videogames listed. That’s the most XR Source has ever seen listed – normally there are three to four, on a good week.
Some, like I Expect You To Die 3: Cog in the Machine and Samba de Amigo you can already pre-order. So there is no shortage of content coming to the official store, which already features 500+ titles. And let’s give a shout-out to App Lab, which has dozens of indie games available. Read our how-to-play App Lab games for further details.
New Quest 2 price
Another good reason to hype and own a Quest 2 now is the price. As featured in XR Source’s Best VR Deals in June, Meta slashed the cost of the headset at the beginning of the month.
When Quest 2 first launched in 2020 it was $299.99 USD (£299.99 GBP) for the entry 128GB model. Citing rising costs, Meta increased the price of the headset to $399.99 (£399.99), quite a significant jump. Which likely affected sales.
Then came the Quest 3 announcement, unveiling a far more powerful, mixed reality-focused headset that would be arriving in Autumn 2023 starting from $499 (£499.99) for the 128GB storage option. Covering the middle ground between Quest 2 and Quest Pro ($999.00/£999.99), at that price this meant Quest 2 needed to come down in price.
So the new standard price for Quest 2 is once again $299.99 (£299.99 GBP) for the 128GB model and $349.99 (£349.99) for the 256GB model. That puts it well below rivals like PSVR 2 and PICO 4 – the latter of which isn’t yet available in North America.
THE VR gaming device
Lastly, June also saw the Apple Vision Pro finally makes its entrance. It is wonderful to see Apple join the industry and its presence will certainly bring greater interest to the table. But the Vision Pro is a $3,499 ‘Spatial Computer’, not a VR gaming device.
Vision Pro focuses on mixed-reality productivity, with entertainment mainly consigned to 2D virtual screens. There was no mention of VR games during the WWDC keynote announcement, and with hand tracking as the main input method, Vision Pro can’t support many VR titles.
That leaves Quest 2 as the headset of choice for gamers. Why not wait for Quest 3 you ask? That all depends on whether you want to spend an extra $200 or not. If you’ve never tried VR then Quest 2 is the entry-level model for a reason.