The Oculus Rift VR headset has long been one of the best setups on the market for those after PC performance in a mid-range device. At $399, however, and with comparable performance, the price point simply didn’t hold up to the Oculus Quest 2.
That all changed today, though, as Oculus cut the price of its Rift S VR headset by $100. That brings the flagship device down to a record low $299 at both Oculus and Amazon, a price tag now in line with the latest Oculus Quest 2.
That latest wire-free model relies on an onboard Snapdragon 865 processor which, while potentially not netting you the performance of some of the newer GPUs, will certainly hold its own. There are plenty of reasons many are more excited about the Quest 2, however, from that all-important untethered experience that doesn’t require a premium gaming PC to run to the faster 90Hz refresh rate.
So, should you take Oculus up on this offer, especially when the Quest 2 is currently in stock for $299, albeit with a delayed January shipping? If you’ve already got a stacked gaming PC, you may see better results on this tethered Oculus Rift S model, and, if you’re looking for VR headset deals ahead of Christmas the Rift S is your only Oculus option.
However, if you’re not concerned about the best of the best visuals (and don’t have the PC to provide them anyway), the Quest 2 is still the way to go for January shipping.
Today’s best Oculus VR headset deals
Oculus Rift S:
$399 $299 at Oculus
Until Christmas Eve you can grab the Oculus Rift S VR headset for just $299. That’s a $100 discount on the original $400 MSRP, offering up the lowest price yet with all the latest tracking improvements, extra cable length and display features as well. You’ll also find this price available at Amazon.
Oculus Quest 2: $299 at Oculus
The Oculus Quest 2 is in stock for January shipping at Oculus direct right now. Now sitting at the same price as the Rift S, this is a better buy if you’re looking for a wire-free experience and don’t have the gaming PC to really make the Rift S shine.
You’ll find more information on what separates the Rift S and the Quest 2 in our full guide to the best Oculus Rift prices and sales.
More Oculus Rift S deals
Amazon has joined Oculus in its recent price drop in the US, but if you’re in the UK or Australia you’ll find more Oculus Rift S deals from around the web just below as well.
If you’re looking to buy PS5, you’ll also want to take a look at the latest PlayStation VR bundles as the next-generation console remains compatible with Sony’s affordable VR system. Or, take a look at all the latest VR headset deals from a number of brands, including premium HTC Vive deals as well.