2017 has already 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.
So VR is more affordable than ever before – but that won’t stop potential purchasers from holding out until Black Friday, when prices are expected to drop even further (at least temporarily) as the tech giants make one more big push to get virtual reality into the mainstream.
Best VR Black Friday deals
We still have a little while to wait for Black Friday 2017 to arrive on 24 November, though in fact you can expect deals to start appearing earlier that week. In the meantime, we’ve gathered up the best VR deals that are live right now, including both games and hardware bundles – and you can head to our deals site to find more of our curated picks.
What to expect
For ease, we’re going to break down the sort of deals you can expect to see by platform.
PlayStation VR deals
As the cheapest of the VR sets on the market right now, we’re not expecting to see massive reductions on PSVR hardware or games this year, but there will doubtless be some discounts.
If you’re looking to buy the headset itself, the best bet will doubtless be some 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 from.
if you already have a headset, the biggest discounts for you will be in games. Expect to see 20-50% off across the board, with even steeper discounts on a few games – especially the launch titles that are now looking slightly less polish than more recent titles.
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 on the way just in time for Christmas.
It’s going to be hard to shift the price down much lower than that for many retailers, but we’d be surprised if there wasn’t some sort of temporary reduction to the cost of the main headset, along with a few bundles including games.
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 down 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 are also likely to enjoy discounts, so check out Steam 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.
Of course, it won’t end with Black Friday (or even really begin then). Deals will arrive throughout Black Friday week, and continue over the weekend to Cyber Monday on 27 November – and in some cases through to the end of the month, or even beyond into the Christmas season.
Best VR deals available now
1. PlayStation VR with Camera, VR Worlds & Farpoint
Now: £349.99 (£115 off)
Get everything you need to run VR from your PS4 – and two great games to play on it.
2. Oculus Rift with Touch Controllers + 6 Free Games
Get the Oculus Rift with its new Touch controllers and get 6 free games: Lucky’s Tale, Toy Box, Medium, Quill, Robo Recall & Dead and Buried.
3. Fallout 4 VR (Vive)
From: Green Man Gaming
Now: £31.99 (20% off)
Return to the wasteland in beginning-to-end VR, now at 20% off.
4. PlayStation VR with Camera, VR Worlds, 2 Move Controllers, & Now TV
Now: £399.99 (£88 off)
This bundle has everything you need for PSVR, including the optional Move controllers.
5. PlayStation VR Worlds (PSVR)
Now: £14.85 (£15 off)
This mini-game collection is the ideal into to PSVR – and it’s now half-price.
6. PlayStation VR
From: ShopTo on eBay
Now: £299.85 (£50 off)
This is the lowest price we’ve seen yet for the standalone PSVR headset.
7. Doom VFR (Vive)
From: Green Man Gaming
Now: £15.99 (20% off)
Save 20% when you pre-order the new Doom in virtual f-ing reality.
8. Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (PSVR)
Now: £19.99 (£5 off)
This is a solid early VR title as long as you don’t mind your virtual experiences squarely on the horrifying side.
9. PlayStation VR with Camera, VR Worlds, Star Trek VR & Now TV
Now: £369.99 (£85 off)
Captain your own starship in Star Trek VR, part of this great PSVR bundle.
10. Resident Evil 7 (PS4)
Now: £25 (£25 off)
Super scary, super slick, and now super cheap – including PSVR support. Read more in our Resident Evil 7 review.