Meta’s original VR headset, the Oculus Quest, is officially at the end of its life cycle. In an email to owners of the headset, Meta announced that it would not be shipping new features to the Oculus Quest. The headset will still receive critical bug fixes and security patches until 2024.
Oculus Quest owners will still be able to use their headsets and compatible apps. However, some social features will not be available to them anymore. This news is kind of expected, as support for the original Quest headset seems to have been winding down in recent months. However, the headset still has quite a large install base.
Meta’s Upcoming changes for the Original Quest VR headset
Meta released the original Oculus Quest standalone VR headset in 2018 for $399. It was followed by the Meta Quest 2 in late 2020 with a significant upgrade to the Snapdragon XR2 processor. After four years of its release, the company is finally ending support for its original Quest virtual reality headset.
This decision is likely made to focus the company’s resources on its upcoming Meta Quest 3. Users will not be able to create or join a party. They will also lose access to social features available on Meta Horizon Home beginning March 5. Meaning they won’t be able to invite a friend to their Meta Horizon Home or visit someone else’s Home.
Take a look at the original email:
We launched Quest 1 over four years ago, and we are grateful to the Quest 1 community for pushing VR forward. As we look to the future, we remain committed to supporting the community of Quest 1 users 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 won’t be shipping new features to Quest 1.
- We plan to continue maintaining the system software with critical bug fixes and security patches until 2024.
- Quest 1 users will no longer be able to create or join a party.
- Quest 1 users who currently have access to Meta Horizon Home social features will lose access to these features on March 5, 2023. You won’t be able to invite others to your Home or visit someone else’s Home.
Oculus Go also reached the end of its support cycle in 2022. With the release of Quest Pro last year and the Meta Quest 3 this year, it is only a matter of time before Quest 2 also reaches the end of its support cycle. Let us know your thoughts about the original Oculus Quest VR headset in the comment section below.