Meta in talks to sell Quest 2 virtual reality headset in China after failing to bring Facebook to the country: report
- Meta Platforms is working with Tencent Holdings to sell the Quest 2 VR head to Chinese consumers, according to a report by 36Kr
- The collaboration will reportedly follow the set-up of Tencent’s partnership with Nintendo to distribute the Switch in China
The Shenzhen-based tech giant’s extended reality (XR) team is working with Meta to bring its Quest 2 VR headset to Chinese consumers at an undetermined date, the report said, citing unidentified sources.
A person with knowledge of the matter, who declined to be identified because the information is not public, confirmed to the South China Morning Post that Meta and Tencent are in initial talks regarding a partnership on Quest 2.
Neither Tencent nor Meta immediately responded to a request for comment on Tuesday.
Some Chinese consumers already had their first taste of the Quest 2, launched globally last October but not officially available in China, when Meta showcased the new headset at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai in November.
A distribution deal with Tencent would allow Meta to make inroads into the Chinese consumer market, which founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long hoped to break into.
Despite those attempts, Facebook remains blocked in China along with other Western internet services such as the Google search engine and YouTube, although it continues to run an advertising business in the country.
Pico founder Henry Zhou Hongwei was cited by Chinese media last year as saying that the firm, which ByteDance acquired in 2021 for an estimated 5 billion yuan (US$770 million), expected to sell more than 1 million units of its flagship Pico 4 VR headset, launched last September.
A person familiar with the matter told the Post that Tencent has not given up on its XR business and is exploring various options.