Meta ends support for original Quest headset after less than 4 years

Enlarge / RIP to a real one. (credit: Sam Machkovech)

The original Oculus Quest will stop receiving new feature updates and lose access to the company’s existing social VR features, according to an email sent to many Quest users this week.

While Quest headset owners will still be able to use the device and all available apps, they will no longer be able to “create or join a party,” according to the email. Access to Meta’s Horizon Home features will also be cut off on March 5, the company wrote. And while Meta will no longer be “delivering new features” to Quest 1 users, the company says it will continue to provide “critical bug fixes and security patches until 2024.”

The announcement comes less than four years after the Quest’s initial launch as Meta’s (then Oculus’) first wireless headset with full six-degree-of-freedom head- and hand-tracking. That initial version of the Quest, which launched at $400, was succeeded by the $300 Quest 2 in late 2020.

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