Facebook: Quest Pro won’t arrive in 2021 – Quest 2 will stay for a long time
According to Facebook’s virtual reality product executives, the company will not launch the Oculus Quest Pro headset in 2021, as Quest 2 is enjoying unprecedented success. This standalone headset is expected to remain on the market for a long time to come.
Mr. Bosworth pointed out that the original Oculus Quest standalone helmet, released in 2019, has sold over 1 million headsets. And that number pales in comparison to Facebook’s next $ 299 product, the Quest 2, which is lighter, more powerful, and cheaper than its predecessor. In the first three months of sales, more than a million devices were sold. Yesterday Resident Evil 4 VR was announced as a Quest 2 exclusive. Against this background, according to Andrew Bosworth, the prospects for the release this year expected by fans of the Quest Pro helmet, which connects to a PC and depends on its power, are very vague.
When asked what developers should focus on if they want to create software for the Facebook Quest family of headsets, should they ignore the original Quest, and when can we expect the next standalone helmet, John Carmack replied, “I only support Quest 2 exclusives, but I think that if the developer does not lose sight of such a moment as making money, then users of Quest 1 still represent a fairly significant market. “
Andrew Bosworth added: “I think there is an incentive for developers to support Quest 1. I don’t think it is too expensive, but you open up a 7-digit number of additional users who could potentially buy your software – something like that should not be missed. Technically, we might end up letting developers who have really high-quality apps only use Quest 2, but we highly recommend supporting both.
People also ask about Quest 3, which doesn’t exist yet, and to everyone who listens to us, especially the journalists, I say: no Quest 3, only Quest 2. Earlier this year on AMA, I hinted at Quest Pro because we have a lot in development, and we would like to introduce new functionality for the headsets and delight fans with the expected products. But that won’t happen this year. For those interested, Quest 2 will remain on the market for a very long time. You know, I think this is the best way to get into virtual reality and have a great environment. “
On April 22, Facebook will host the Oculus Gaming Showcase, featuring VR gaming on the Oculus platform. Beginning at 01:00 Moscow time.