Meta announces the end of the original Oculus Quest


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Oculus Quest’s days are numbered: support ends next year and there will be no more new features.

Meta emailed the news to the owners of the original quest.

We launched Quest 1 over four years ago and are grateful to the Quest 1 community for pushing virtual reality forward. As we look to the future, we remain committed to supporting the Quest 1 user community and will continue to support the headset with a few changes:

  • You will still be able to use your Quest 1 headset and available apps.

  • We will not ship new features to Quest 1.

  • We plan to continue to maintain system software with critical bug fixes and security patches through 2024.

  • Quest 1 users will no longer be able to create or join a party.

  • Quest 1 users who currently have access to the social features of Meta Horizon Home will lose access to these features on March 5, 2023. You will not be able to invite others to your Home or visit someone’s Home. other.

The slow end of Oculus Quest

Oculus Quest launched in May 2019 and was replaced in October 2020 by the much improved Oculus Quest 2, which is officially called Meta Quest 2 since Facebook renamed it Meta in October 2021. This in turn is expected to be replaced by Meta Quest 3 this year .

If Oculus Quest support lasts until the end of 2024, the device would have had a lifetime almost five years. However, the fact that it was no longer the focus of Meta’s attention became evident much earlier: the first Quest 2-exclusive titles appeared just one year after Meta Quest 2’s market launch.

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That said, many of the new features that the new headset received over time were also released for Oculus Quest at the same time or with a bit of a delay.

In the summer of 2022, Meta announced that the battle royale game Population: One, developed by an internal studio, would soon no longer be playable with Oculus Quest – a first in Meta store policy.

At the same time, Meta is reportedly working to give third-party developers a way to retroactively disable support for VR apps on Oculus Quest. But Population: One remained a unique thing.

Meta Quest 2 will follow the same path from this year

The fact that Meta announces the end of Oculus Quest after almost four years is anything but surprising: the device’s chip, a Snapdragon 835, was already obsolete in 2019 and slowed down the development of applications for Meta Quest 2, because virtual reality studios have optimized most of it. for both systems, i.e. the lowest common denominator, until 2021. In the meantime, many new VR games will be released only for Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro.

The same fate will befall Meta Quest 2, especially if Meta Quest 3 becomes a smash hit. If Meta keeps the same schedule, the first Meta Quest 3 exclusive titles using the full power of the chip could be released as early as late 2024.

If the rumors so far are true, the VR headset will get an all-new SoC that will eclipse Meta Quest 2’s Snapdragon XR2 and provide VR studios with new tools and capabilities.


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