Oculus will sell you the Quest 2 headset that doesn't require Facebook for an extra $500

Oculus will sell you the Quest 2 headset that doesn’t require Facebook for an extra $500

Oculus will sell you the Quest 2 headset that doesn’t require Facebook for an extra $500


The Oculus Quest 2 is a piece of hardware that costs $299. In fact, we’re sure Facebook is losing money on every device it sells. Even so, this pricing is one of the main reasons it’s the most popular headset on Steam and our pick for the best VR headset. Well, that and ease of use.

The simplicity of strapping on a Quest 2 and jumping right into the game without having to worry about setting up a base station, or dedicating an area of ​​your house to a VR experience, makes it one of the best VR headsets around.

But the price really is what seals it. The $299 tag is enough to make us respect the headset, while also making it affordable for many to pull the trigger and see what this VR fuss is all about. It also sold well, showing that price is definitely a factor in adopting the new standard – hardly a shocking find.

The problem is, the price seems too good to be true, and no other manufacturer’s VR headset comes close to the Quest 2’s specs list — either in connected or standalone form — for the same low price. That money gets you a powerful virtual reality headset with 6GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 CPU, 64GB of storage, a 1832×1920 monocular display, and a pair of controllers.

While, yes, expensive add-ons like the Quest 2 Elite Strap and Oculus Link headset cable are a big deal for PC gamers, their pricing just highlights that there are things in the Quest 2’s bill of materials that don’t quite add up. Seems too cheap. it is. But there’s one factor that might offset that price — Facebook has access to a lot of your data.

It’s a precursor to the Oculus Quest 2: you absolutely need a Facebook account to use the device, and it does have a black-and-white data collection policy. Less obvious though is how much your data is worth to Facebook. At least it’s not without a little digging.

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Another version of the Quest 2 isn’t as affordable as the consumer version, and it’s aimed at businesses. The actual hardware is the same, but the difference is that you don’t need to log in with a Facebook account to use it.

The price of this model? $799. There’s also a $180 annual fee for a year after purchase, which covers Oculus’ commercial services and support, but that’s just muddying the waters.

The point is, the Quest 2 for business, a headset that Facebook doesn’t have direct access to your data, costs $500 more. So that’s essentially the value that social media giants put on your data, which depending on where you stand, either looks like a lot or hardly any.

Many users were hesitant about Facebook’s partnership with Oculus, some of whom vowed not to go anywhere near the Quest 2. Others have suggested setting up a fake Facebook account to use them, but even then there’s a lot of data being passed back to the company about your usage. Or, you might not care about these things at all, but at least now you know roughly how much your data is worth.

If you review the Supplemental Oculus Data Policy, you can find out what type of data is actually collected when using Quest 2. Such as your body size, including the size of your hands, the size of your play area using the Oculus Guardian system, data on anything you create with your Quest 2, and more obvious information such as your device ID and IP address.

A huge impact of the Quest 2’s pricing is that no one can really compete with it. Looking at the VR market, you’ll typically see prices that are closer to the Quest 2 commercial than the consumer model. We’ve been briefing with other VR makers, and the general consensus is that the pricing of the Quest 2 wouldn’t have been possible without Facebook’s support.

Maybe Valve should do some serious tracking on the Index 2 and ship it for $299. Let me know what details you want, Gabe.

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