Cyan confirmed that Quest 1 support for Myst ends this October, citing Meta's decision to phase out its older headset.
Following news that Cyan will release the long-awaited Firmament next month on PC VR, we admittedly missed this prior announcement about the Myst remake until now. Revealed in a deprecation announcement two weeks ago, Cyan confirmed support for the older headset ceases on October 1, 2023. Citing Meta's decision to cut Quest 1 social features and end updates this year.
Cyan released this prepared statement:
"Please note that due to newer Meta software updates preventing the support of new features for Quest 1 moving forward, and our desire to make sure Myst supports the latest and greatest software & hardware, we must cease Quest 1 support in Myst on October 1st, 2023."
Explaining its rationale behind the decision, Cyan also noted:
"As a studio that has been around for over 35 years, we've seen many operating systems and different hardware platforms go through similar growing pains. With some of our games being on digital stores for longer than 10+ years, we pride ourselves in being able to maintain and continue offering our decades-old award-winning games to folks. However, there almost always come a time in which software or hardware deprecation force us to make tough decisions like this, and we can no longer provide the experience folks expect us to in those cases."
While Pavlov Shack and Population: One dropped support for the original Quest headset before Meta's announcement, there's been a noticeable increase in recent months. Back in January, Downpour Interactive confirmed military sim Onward ends Quest 1 support on July 31, stating this decision is to “focus [the studio’s] development efforts.” Last month, Ramen VR confirmed Zenith: The Last City would also drop support for the original Quest on September 15.
Myst is available now on Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro and PC VR. We've emailed Cyan to confirm whether Myst will still be playable on Quest 1 after October 1, 2023. We'll update this article if we get a response, but in the meantime we'll note that Meta's deprecation announcement linked in Cyan's post suggests "You will still be able to use your Quest 1 headset and available apps."