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Meta is ending support for the original Quest VR headset

Meta is ending support for the original Quest VR headset

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Meta is officially ending support for its original Quest virtual reality headset.

In an email sent to owners of the original Meta Quest, the company announced that it would not be shipping any new features to the standalone VR headset. However, the company plans to continue adding software and security patches until 2024.

Meta says Quest 1 owners will still be able to use their headset and compatible apps. However, these users will no longer be able to create or join a party. Additionally, original Quest owners will lose access to the social features available in Meta Horizon Home starting March 5th. This includes inviting others to your Meta Horizon Home or visiting someone else’s.

The announcement comes as no surprise, as support for the original Meta Quest seems to have declined in recent months. The clearest example was last July, when Meta subsidiary BigBox VR announced that it was ending Quest 1 support for its critically acclaimed VR Battle Royale Shouter Population One. Although the developer offered Quest 1 owners a refund for Population: One, the caveat was that you must have purchased the game within the last six months of this announcement.

With Quest 2 support winding down, Meta is still all-in on its VR arm, despite reports of huge losses as the company focuses on the Metaverse. With the release of Quest Pro last year, along with confirmation that Meta Quest 3 will launch this yearit will be interesting to see how long it takes before support for Quest 2 starts to wane.

Taylor is an associate technical editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixter.




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