Meta has reportedly pulled the plug on the Meta Quest Professional and has cancelled improvement on the Meta Quest Professional 2.
The Info’s sources say the present technology of the high-end combined actuality headset will solely be constructed till element provides run out. These sources even say the choice was made to tell suppliers to halt manufacturing on these components as quickly as the start of this yr. The headset solely went on sale final October.
With the second-generation system additionally reportedly scuppered, Meta’s focus would completely be on reasonably priced digital and augmented actuality experiences for shoppers.
That’s would draw a line within the sand between Meta and Apple, which has gone the entire hog with the best finish resolution potential – the $3,499 Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional. The Quest Professional launched at £1499/$1499 and was nonetheless less expensive by comparability.
We are able to solely assume there’s been a tepid reception for the headset has been chargeable for Meta reportedly abandoning the premium expertise.
Right here at Trusted Evaluations, we gave the Meta Quest 2 a middling 3.5 star rating from a potential 5. We cited the dearth of killer AR apps, lack of consolation throughout lengthy intervals of wear and tear and the restricted battery life. Meta is presently making ready to launch the third model of its mega fashionable Quest headset which follows on from the gross sales juggernaut of the second within the sequence.
Introduced in June with the next value of £499, the Meta Quest 3 will embrace a slimmer design, new Contact Plus controllers, a processor that’s twice as quick as its predecessor, and better decision shows. It’ll go on sale this autumn.
Crucially, the Quest 3 can have color augmented actuality when it lands later this yr. That lessens the necessity to splash out the additional thousand quid on the Professional vary.
The place this leaves individuals who have splashed out simply shy of £1,500 for a Meta Quest Professional stays to be seen, however it’s unlikely they’ll be too satisfied on the prospect of Meta abandoning the format nearly as quickly because it landed on cabinets.