While many companies have already begun their Black Friday discounts Oculus has stayed quiet on its sales plans. That is until now, with the company dropping the price of its two headsets, Oculus Rift and Oculus Go.
This will be the first time Oculus’ newest headset, standalone device Oculus Go will be on sale since it arrived earlier this year. The portable head-mounted display (HMD) will retail for $179 USD/$179 GBP for the 32GB version, from this Friday through to Cyber Monday.
While great for both gaming, virtual reality (VR) experiences and other entertainment content, Oculus has found over the past few months that users are primarily using Oculus Go to watch TV and movies, using apps like Netflix or Hulu to stream content onto a big virtual screen they a can enjoy anywhere.
As for Oculus Rift, the headset is getting the same deal as it did for Black Friday 2017, knocking $50/£50 off the regular price, bringing it down to a reasonable $349/£349. It might not be as cheap as PlayStation VR but you’re still getting a lot of tech for the price, and it’s still cheaper than PC rival HTC Vive.
Unlike Oculus Go, Oculus Rift users tend to veer more towards gaming rather than TV or movie entertainment. With Oculus Rift you not only get the awesome Oculus Touch controllers, your spoilt for choice when it comes to software. Purchase direct from the Oculus Store, or head on over to Steam for even more choice. You can even pop onto Viveport to see its library of videogames and apps, with the added bonus of being able to sign up for the Viveport Subscription – which has a 14-day free trial.
And don’t forget about those accessories. While not in the sale the new Oculus Go Carry Case could be an important purchase when you want to take your headset to show friends what VR is all about.
These sale offers will be available in USA, Canada, United Kingdom + EU, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan, from retailers including Oculus.com, Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy, Argos, Digitech, CoolBlue, Newegg, and more. For further Black Friday updates, keep reading VRFocus.