Meta might want to take over the metaverse, but that’s not going to happen if there are hardware shortages. See, ever since we did a how-to on where to get Meta Quest 2 controller replacements, we’ve been getting reports that they’re out of stock everywhere.
And we mean everywhere. Meta’s Quest Store doesn’t have any, Walmart doesn’t have any, Target doesn’t have any… You get the picture.
Well, okay you can technically get them on Amazon from overcharging third-party sellers, but we don’t recommend you do that. Meta Quest 2 controllers normally run $69 a pop. But resellers are charging $200, so you might as well buy a full Quest 2 headset pack for $299.
UPDATE 6/7/2022 03:21 PM ET: The Meta Store now has the Right controller in stock, with delivery dates estimated at two days from ordering time. The Left controller is still out of stock, with no set date for restocking.
The real question is, why? Why are there no Meta Quest 2 controllers to be found? Meta just finished rebranding their headsets, removing all previous Oculus branding. But some branding was left behind and could be the cause of the stock issues.
The home button on the right controller still has the Oculus logo on it. It could be that Meta yanked all the replacement controllers, so they could swap out that button for the Meta logo.
Meta also recently upgraded the hand tracking capabilities of Quest 2. If that gets even better, you might not need physical controllers in the future to play with the VR headset. That doesn’t help you right now though if you need to replace a controller.
Our advice? Make sure you tighten those wrist straps, so you don’t get any accidentally-launched controllers.
Standalone Quest 2 controllers have been out of stock for at least three months now. It’s not like Meta doesn’t have them either, as the shelves are packed with Quest 2 headset bundles. We’ve reached out to Meta for comment and will update this piece if/when we hear back.
UPDATE 5/12/2022 12:55 PM ET: The Meta store is now showing estimated delivery dates for Quest 2 controllers. They’re still out of stock, but the company is making an active effort to inform customers that controller replacements are on the way.
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