2017 has seen some massive price cuts on virtual reality equipment, as both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift slashed their asking prices by hundreds of pounds in efforts to lure more customers into their ecosystems. Of the big three, only PlayStation VR has stayed the same price – but that still makes it comfortably the cheapest of the bunch.
VR is more affordable than ever before – but that doesn’t stop potential purchasers from holding out for sales and special deals as the tech giants make the push to get virtual reality into the mainstream. We’ve done our best to sort through the best offers around on VR headsets and games to help you get the best price.
Best virtual reality deals right now
For ease, we’re going to break down the sort of deals you can expect to see by platform.
PlayStation VR deals
Despite being the cheapest of the VR sets on the market right now, we’ve seen impressive discounts and bundles for the PSVR headset, cameras and games.
If you’re looking to buy the headset itself, the best bet is to go for one of the various bundles, which tend to include the headset, the PlayStation Camera (which you need to run the headset), and a game or two. Also keep an eye out for the optional (but fun) Move controllers, and remember you’ll still need a PS4 or PS4 Pro to play it all on.
if you already have a headset, you can still find discounts on games – especially the launch titles that are now looking slightly less polished than more recent game.
HTC Vive deals
Vive saw a massive price drop this year, from £759 down to £599, though that still makes it the most expensive VR set on the market – though its performance arguably justifies the added cost, especially with big exclusive Fallout 4 VR.
Remember that you’ll need a decent-spec PC to run any VR – if you don’t have one, keep an eye on gaming PC deals – any high-end rig will run VR well, though some specifically advertise themselves as ‘VR-ready’ now to show they meet the required specs for Vive and Oculus.
Oculus Rift deals
The Rift is in a similar position to the Vive, having enjoyed a price drop to £400 (including Touch controllers) down from a peak of £550 at one point this year.
Look out for bundles including the hardware, controllers, and games – if they drop below the £400 with games included, it’s worth considering. Games themselves also get discounts, so check out Steam, the Oculus Store and Green Man Gaming. And, as with the Vive, remember to look out for bargains on VR-ready PCs too, if you don’t have one yet.
For all of these platforms, Amazon has some of the biggest bargains.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30 day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more.
Sign up for Prime now to get ready for the Cyber Monday action.
Best VR deals
1. PlayStation VR with Camera, VR Worlds, Skyrim, & Now TV
This is one of the best PSVR bundles we’ve ever seen, with a great price for the system and Skyrim.
2. HTC Vive with Fallout 4 VR, Tilt Brush and 1-month Viveport subscription
While HTC hasn’t dropped the price of the Vive itself, it does include a free copy of Fallout 4 VR to get you started.
3. PlayStation VR Worlds (PSVR)
Now: £13.99 (£16 off)
This mini-game collection is the ideal intro to PSVR.
4. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
Now: £14.99 (£5 off)
This is a solid VR title as long as you don’t mind getting scared – or grab it free if you’re a PlayStation Plus member.
5. RIGS: Mechanised Combat League (PSVR)
RIGS was one of the most popular PSVR launch titles and a year on, not much has changed. If you’re looking for adrenaline-inducing mechanical action, look no further than RIGS.
6. Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers
The best price around on the Oculus Rift right now, and you’ll get the Touch Controller as an added bonus.
7. Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
Now: £17.99 (£32 off)
Super scary, super slick, and now super cheap – including PSVR support. Read more in our Resident Evil 7 review.