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Meta’s VR gamble: How do holiday headset prices compare?

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Meta said earlier this month that it might lay off over 11,000 employees, with CEO Mark Zuckerberg writing that it might shift more resources onto AI and the long-term vision for the metaverse. 

The shift has been lambasted by those that say he should scrap the VR-driven plan and begin over. 

Zuckerberg has also faced scrutiny over the proposed acquisition of VR content maker Inside Unlimited, although the Federal Trade Commission argues that the deal would “create a monopoly” available in the market for VR-dedicated fitness apps.

Nonetheless, while the metaverse has faced criticism, VR headsets remain popular with gamers. 

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Nevertheless, prices may vary – and the Meta Quest Pro is one other one in every of Meta’s gambles. 

Meta announced last month that the virtual reality headset was available for purchase – but do holiday shoppers get bang for his or her buck?  

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta
(Photographer: Michaela Handrek-Rehle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

The corporate’s “most advanced headset” – the primary in a latest “high-end class” of VR headsets – costs a hefty sum of nearly $1,500. 

That order includes the headset, two self-tracking Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, stylus suggestions, partial light blockers and a charging dock. 

In a release, Meta said that it enables “full-color mixed reality,” mixing virtual experiences with the physical world and comes with high-resolution sensors, next-generation pancake optics, advanced LCD displays and a sleek and cozy design with eye tracking and Natural Facial Expressions.

“All of this makes Meta Quest Pro the proper device for collaborating and dealing rather more naturally in VR. And we plan on working closely with developers over time to construct a wealthy ecosystem of experiences that leverage Meta Quest Pro’s progressive mixed reality and social presence capabilities,” the corporate wrote, adding that it is happy to see what developers create with tools released for the Presence Platform suite of machine perception and AI capabilities.

A man uses the Meta Quest Pro.

A person uses the Meta Quest Pro.
(Meta)

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Meta added that the headset can be “ideal for the longer term of labor,” including using Horizon Workrooms meetings, in addition to for art and other pursuits. 

“Meta is positioning the brand new Meta Quest Pro headset as an alternative choice to using a laptop,” Rolf Illenberger, founder and managing director of VRdirect, told The Associated Press, noting that for businesses, operating within the virtual worlds of the metaverse continues to be “quite a stretch.”

The corporate said it was continuing to enhance the VR software experience and that it can be adding recording and casting for MR in a future software update. 

It is accessible to consumers where Meta Quest products are supported online and at select retailers, including Best Buy and Amazon.

L´HOSPITALET, BARCELONA, SPAIN: A young girl seen getting ready to play with virtual reality glasses on a PlayStation during the Barcelona Games World Fair. 

L´HOSPITALET, BARCELONA, SPAIN: A young girl seen on the brink of play with virtual reality glasses on a PlayStation throughout the Barcelona Games World Fair. 
((Photo by Ramon Costa/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images))

Other headsets cost a whole bunch of dollars less, though they provide different features. 

The Meta Quest 2 was marked down from around $400 to $350 on Saturday, and the Oculus Quest 2 retails for $500.

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The Ps VR2, which has intelligent eye tracking, sharp focus, 3D audio immersion and more, can be available in February for around $550. 

The Apple VR/augmented reality headset is rumored to cost greater than $2,000, in line with Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.

The price will reportedly be because of the powerful hardware used. 

China said at the start of the month that it goals to ship greater than 25 million VR devices by 2026.

Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Julia Musto is a reporter for Fox News and Fox Business Digital. 

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