Game Over for Oculus Quest: Meta Ends Support, Forcing Upgrade or Obsolescence

Ready your goodbyes; Meta’s original Oculus Quest is about to become a collector’s item. With an April cut-off for developer updates, Quest 1’s social VR life is essentially over. Post-summer, it’s adios support—time to level up or be left with a vintage paperweight. #OculusQuestEnds

Hot Take:

So, the original Oculus Quest is about to become the tech equivalent of a paperweight, huh? Meta’s swinging the ol’ “out with the old, in with the newer, shinier, and probably more expensive” stick pretty hard. Rip to the OG Quest – it’s like Meta’s telling it to ‘Quest’ off into the sunset…or the garbage bin. Time to pour one out for the headset that couldn’t even make it to kindergarten graduation. 🍺

Key Points:

  • Meta is cutting the cord on the Oculus Quest 1, with app updates ending April 30 and no new apps appearing for the device post-deadline.
  • Don’t fret, Quest 1 owners, you’ll still get “critical bug fixes and security patches” until August, after which it’s a ghost in Meta’s machine.
  • Quest 1 might find a second life in the wild west of SideQuest, where the brave can sideload at their own malware-ridden risk.
  • Console lifespans are mocking the Quest 1 from their decade-long thrones, as the Quest hasn’t even hit its 5-year mark.
  • If you’re dreading the day your Quest 2 gets the same treatment, chillax. It’s the cool kid in the Meta family for now.

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DEPRECIATION: How to Turn Your VR Dreams into Vintage E-Scrap

Looks like Meta decided that the Quest 1's expiration date is up, and it's time to shove it into the tech retirement home – but there's no bingo or pudding here, folks. This is the kind of retirement where the resident gets abandoned in the attic. Starting with the yanking of social features and ending with a full-on "we're done here," Meta's treating the Quest 1 like last season's fashion faux pas.

ANALYSIS: Quest 2's Future – Living on Borrowed Time?

The Quest 1 got axed before it could even hit half a decade, which has got people side-eyeing their Quest 2s. But don't start prepping an e-funeral just yet; the Quest 2 might stick around a little longer since it's basically the high school quarterback of VR headsets. It's still got some game left, and Meta isn't ready to turn it into a doorstop...yet.

VR Headset Orphanage: Where to Go When Meta Leaves You Behind

Feeling the sting of abandonment? TechRadar's got your back with a lineup of VR headsets ready to coddle you in 2024. No need to swipe through Tinder for VR headsets – just check out their list and find your rebound tech romance.

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Once you've dried your tears over the Quest 1's untimely demise, why not dive into the best VR games of 2024 to keep your spirits up? And hey, if you're feeling fancy, Apple's Vision Pro is about to strut its stuff internationally. Plus, rumor has it Meta's cooking up an LG OLED VR headset for 2025 – because apparently, we haven't learned our lesson about tech obsolescence.

Article summation by a wistful tech enthusiast who enjoys a side of snark with their cybersecurity news and has a soft spot for obsolete gadgets.

Tags: Consumer Electronics, Meta platform upgrades, Oculus Quest 1 end of support, Quest 2 longevity, SideQuest sideloading, virtual reality technology, VR headset depreciation