Across the identical time Meta hiked up the worth on its Quest 2 headsets, it additionally introduced that it’s ending Quest 1 assist for Inhabitants One, a preferred battle-royale shooter set in digital actuality. BigBox VR, the Meta-owned developer behind the sport, shared the replace in a put up on its weblog, noting that Quest 1 house owners will now not be capable to launch or play the sport beginning October thirty first, 2022.

BigBox VR says the shutdown is critical so it may deal with creating new experiences “that may push the boundaries of multiplayer VR.” Quest 1 gamers can nonetheless technically play the sport if they’ve a VR-ready PC, nevertheless. The sport helps cross-buy, which makes the PC model accessible by way of Air Hyperlink and Oculus Hyperlink. This could allow you to wirelessly play Inhabitants: One in your PC out of your Quest 1 headset. Gamers utilizing the Quest 2, Oculus Rift, and Oculus Rift S will nonetheless have entry to the sport.

Whereas Meta’s providing Quest 1 house owners a refund for Inhabitants: One, there’s a catch: you needed to have bought the sport from the Quest Retailer inside the previous six months. The coverage appears type of unfair for a recreation that launched on the Quest almost two years in the past and can probably depart plenty of gamers with a recreation that they will’t even play (except, after all, they improve to the now-$399 Quest 2 or use Air Hyperlink, which requires an expensive VR-ready PC).

Inhabitants: One’s shutdown additionally raises the query of whether or not different builders will quickly ax assist for the three-year-old Quest 1. Meta spokesperson Caiti Sullivan stated in a press release to The Verge that the corporate’s at present “understanding the small print of an ecosystem-wide end-of-support course of,” and that “different builders who select to finish assist for apps on Quest 1 can be in a position to take action.” Meta declined to remark additional when requested whether or not some other video games will finish Quest 1 assist within the close to future.

I do know that video games can’t assist each older system eternally, however doling out a value improve, together with an announcement that may quickly depart Quest 1 house owners with one much less recreation to play, is sort of a double punch to the intestine. As my colleague Jay Peters factors out, Meta could possibly be elevating the worth of the Quest 2, and maybe even pushing customers in the direction of it, to stem the the losses its digital actuality arm reported in each the first and second quarter of 2022.

Replace August seventh, 2:27PM ET: Up to date so as to add that Inhabitants: One helps cross-buy.

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