Meta’s huge push into the metaverse could already be slowing down considerably. In accordance with a report by The Data, Meta has a restricted provide of fabric for VR/AR headsets and can solely produce gadgets so long as it has the capability.
Particularly, this implies the loss of life of the Quest Professional, regardless of being lower than a 12 months outdated. A possible Quest Professional 2 appears to be out of the query.
Whereas Quest Professional was the primary of its type, it did not land with reviewers in addition to Meta may need hoped. It was an costly system for what was clearly an early adopter product.
Meta’s change of path comes not lengthy after Apple introduced its Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, which is considerably dearer at $3,500. Nevertheless, Apple’s digital actuality has a while earlier than its 2024 launch, and whether or not it is going to ship on its thrilling guarantees stays to be seen.
In the meantime, upon launch, the Meta Quest Professional got here beneath appreciable criticism, together with remarks about its extreme weight, uncomfortable match, low cost supplies, and underperforming software program. Many thought it wasn’t price its $1,500 price ticket, even dropping the value to $1,000.
Over time, we’ll see if Meta plans to reintroduce Meta Quest Professional after observing Apple’s Imaginative and prescient Professional reception. Notably, Meta beforehand light its metaverse plans in favor of AI and has extra lately been busy rolling out social media platform Threads to compete with Twitter.
The Quest 3 remains to be set to launch later this 12 months, so Meta hasn’t given up on VR altogether. Nevertheless, for now, high-end combined actuality headsets are not of curiosity to the corporate.