Meta has joined Sony and Microsoft in offering a monthly subscription service, Meta Quest Plus.
Exclusively for the Quest 2, Quest Pro and Quest 3, $7.99 a month will net you two VR games every month. Like PlayStation Plus’s Essential and Xbox Live Gold’s Games With Gold, you have to claim the titles.
However, once you’ve claimed them you can redownload them any time you’ve got an active Meta Quest Plus subscription. So, even if you don’t want to clog your headset up with games you’ve not played you can still revisit them later.
Sounds like a good deal, right? That’s rather going to depend what’s on offer. If you’ve subscribed to Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus Essential you’ll know there have been some great months and some absolutely awful months.
Fortunately, the first couple of titles are on offer are, actually, rather good. These, technically, are July’s titles and will be available till the end of July. First of all, there’s Pistol Whip. We’ve not tackled the Quest version but we had a whale of a time with this rhythm-shooter’s PSVR2 incarnation.
Then there’s Pixel Ripped 1995, which is a strange game-within-a-game affair, which sees you stepping back to the days of the SNES or, at least, its in-world clone. Its retro appeal won’t be for anyone but if you remember blowing on cartridges you could get a kick out of it.
Together, the games have a price of around $50, so you’re saving a fair few dollars. Plus, until July 31st, you can get your first month for just $1. You can cancel the $7.99 option any time. But you can also pay $59.99 for a year’s subscription. Next month’s games are Walkabout Minigolf and Mothergunship: Forge which seem almost as promising.
So is the service worth having? It depends how much use your Quest gets. For us, it varies immensely. Last month we were flailing around our lounge, Quest 2 strapped to our heads. This month it’s been sat in a cupboard and we haven’t got it out once. So for us? It’s not something we’re going to sign up for right now.
But if you want to find out more, and take advantage of that $1 offer, you can find more details on Meta’s site.