The world of virtual reality (VR) is an exciting one to explore, and the rabbit hole goes deep once you have your face in a head-mounted display (HMD). Unfortunately, VR can be quite expensive to break into, whether we're talking about the headsets or the powerful PCs required to run them. However, we searched and found a bunch of worthwhile Black Friday deals on VR gear, which we've rounded up here for easy shopping.
- High-end WMR headset: Samsung Odyssey
- Budget WMR headset: Acer Windows Mixed Reality
- Headset only: Lenovo Explorer
- No screen-door effect: Samsung Odyssey+
- VR-ready desktop: HP Omen Obelisk
- Powerful pre-built PC: CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme
- VR-ready laptop: MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
Samsung's Odyssey headset was the best of the Windows Mixed Reality (WMR) bunch, with built-in AKG headphones, comfortable design, and the highest resolution (2,880 x 1,600). The Odyssey+ is now on the market (and included in this roundup), but the original is still a great choice and comes complete with two motion controllers.
Acer's headset is a low-cost way to dive into VR, allowing you to run all WMR experiences found in the Microsoft Store, as well as plenty more titles available through Steam. It has a 2,880 x 1,440 resolution, a 100-degree field-of-view (FOV), a 90Hz refresh rate, and it's comfortable to wear. Included are two motion controllers.
If all you're looking for is a standalone WMR headset, this deal will be right up your alley. Lenovo's Explorer headset offers a 1440p display with 110-degree FOV, and it's comfortable to wear for long periods of time. This is a great deal for anyone who's comfortable using a headset without the motion controllers.
The next iteration of Samsung's WMR headset, the Odyssey+, has effectively eliminated the screen-door effect that plagues most current-gen options. It still has built-in audio, and it comes with two motion controllers. This preorder ensures you'll be one of the first to get the updated headset expected to ship December 16, 2018.
A mid-range VR experience requires a PC with certain specs, which are met by this HP Omen Obelisk, on sale from November 22 to 24. Inside is an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700 processor (CPU), 16 GB of HyperX RAM, and a 1TB hard-disk drive (HDD) coupled with a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) and a NVIDIA GTX 1060 graphics card (GPU) with 3 GB of GDDR5 VRAM.
CyberpowerPC makes a lot of great budget pre-built PCs, but this one might be the best. It has inside a NVIDIA GTX 1080 GPU, an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8700, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB HDD, all contained in a stylish case. All that for about $1,300? Yes please. Don't miss this deal if you need a PC to run a high-end VR setup.
Desktop PCs will almost always deliver better VR performance, but what happens when you need to take your VR headset on the road to share with friends? The 15.6-inch MSI GS65 Stealth is thin and light, but packs inside an 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H CPU, 16GB of RAM, and a NVIDIA GTX 1070 GPU. Grab one at this price between November 22 and 24.
If you've been waiting to dive head first into the world of VR, you'll no doubt be keen on some of the products featured in these Black Friday deals, whether it's a new headset, a new PC, or both. Now's a great time to take the next step.
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