Major retailers are now publishing their much awaited Black Friday deals, and by far one of the largest sales to cover VR stuff thus far comes from Best Buy. Sizable discounts come to Oculus Rift, VR-ready computers, Gear VR, and much more.
When & Where
The sale will run from November 23-25. Best Buy’s ‘Door Buster Deals’ start at 5PM on Thursday in stores, but you can bypass the crowds by purchasing from BestBuy.com. If you’re planning on braving the masses, make sure to check out the FAQ first, because as usual, Best Buy is organizing the sale through tickets which are handed out to those waiting in line. Now for the deals.
Oculus Rift + Touch Bundle
As an official retail partner of Oculus in the US, Best Buy is advertising the Oculus Rift + Touch bundle for $350, a $50 savings from the permanent MSRP of $400. As with all current Oculus Rift purchases, you’ll be getting 6 free games including Robo Recall, Lucky’s Tale, Quill, Medium, Dead and Buried, and Toybox.
There’s also a bevy of PC options if you’re starting from scratch too.
VR Ready PCs
- $250 off select Omen Laptops
- $1300 $1550: MSI – GS Series Stealth Pro 15.6″ Laptop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 – 1TB HDD + 256GB SSD – Aluminum black
- $700 $900: Dell – Inspiron 15.6″ Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti – 256GB Solid State Drive – Black
- $650 $800 : Dell – Inspiron 15.6″ Laptop – Intel Core i5 – 8GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 – 1TB + 8GB Hybrid Hard Drive – Black
- $630 $750: CyberPowerPC – Gamer Ultra Desktop – AMD Ryzen 5 1400 – 8GB Memory – AMD Radeon RX 580 – 1TB Hard Drive – Black (buy here)
- $1300 $1700 : iBUYPOWER – Desktop – Intel Core i7 – 16GB Memory – NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 – 240GB Solid State Drive + 2TB Hard Drive – Black/Red
There’s an Oculus Ready GPU in the bunch as well, the minspec PNY GTX 1050 Ti 4GB, making for a quick drop-in if you already have a PC that’s almost all the way there. To find out what your computer needs to be Oculus Ready, check out our handy guide.
Gear VR + Samsung Gear 360
If you buy the latest Gear VR + Controller ($130) and Samsung Gear 360 Camera ($200), you can have both for only $200.
Gear VR-Ready Phones
Best Buy also has a number of deals on Gear VR-ready phones, including Galaxy S8, S8+ and Galaxy Note 8. Verizon, Sprint and unlocked handsets are all present, but you’ll have to paw through the various options to figure out which one is right for you. Also, cross-comparing with Amazon on a new phone is always advisable.