The new Oculus Rift S is on its way. We got a look at all the new specifications just a couple days ago, and since then we've also managed to take it for a spin. It's a big upgrade over the previous edition, the Oculus Rift CV1, but it's also going to cost around $399 when it first comes out. The original Oculus Rift has seen several price drops and deals over the years, and you're bound to find it at least $50 cheaper at the major retailers. If you're eager to get into virtual reality, but aren't quite ready to invest big in the newest system, we'll be keeping a look out for the best places to buy the original.
After the Rift S releases, we might even see some retailers eager to get rid of the previous editions. That will mean bigger deals, clearance sales, and more. We'll update this post if we find anything like that. Right now, here are the best places to buy the Oculus Rift CV1:
There are five main authorized retailers for the Oculus Rift: Amazon (opens in new tab), Microsoft (opens in new tab), Newegg, Best Buy, and Micro Center. The first three are either sold out or only feature third parties overpricing (opens in new tab) the system. It may come in stock at those links for a limited time.
Micro Center has the Rift for $349.99, but the availability is in-store only, and it will depend on whether or not your local store has any in stock. There are only 25 Micro Center locations in the U.S., so be sure to check the list to see if any are nearby.
Outside of the above possibilities, you can try third party websites. For that, eBay (opens in new tab) is going to be your best bet. There are plenty of pre-owned and used systems, but the few selling it new are charging over $500 for the moment. You can also keep an eye on the official eBay stores of Best Buy (opens in new tab) and Newegg (opens in new tab) in case it pops up there.
The old Oculus Rift is still one of the best virtual reality systems around. If we find anywhere new or any potential ways to save, we'll update this page. Save it and check back later.
J.D. Levite has been in the deals game since 2012. He has posted daily deals at Gizmodo, The Wirecutter, The Sweethome, and now covers deals for Android Central, iMore, and Windows Central. He was there for the first Prime Day and has braved the full force of Black Friday. If you cut him, he bleeds savings. But don't try it for real. That's a metaphor.
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