The VR and AR industry is hosting a few deals on Black Friday for shoppers who want to invest in the technology. Here's a look at some of the discounts available after Thanksgiving:
HTC Vive has two deals this week. The first is a Vive Fallout 4 Bundle: purchase a Vive between Friday, November 24 and "Cyber Monday," Monday, November 27 and get a free audio strap (valued at $99) and the Fallout 4 title that launches on December 12.
Additionally, Vive is offering a discount on Viveport subscriptions from November 22 through November 27 with access to 60 apps for $30 per month with a year-long contract.
Microsoft Windows headsets are discounted by up to $100. The deal also runs through Cyber Monday, and consumers can pick up a mixed reality device for as low as $300. The discounts include:
Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
– $400, on sale for $350
Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality Headset
– $450, on sale for $400
HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset
– $450, on sale for $350
Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset
– $400, on sale for $300
Samsung HMD Odyssey Windows Mixed Reality Headset
– $500, on sale for $449
All of these headsets are touted as mixed reality but are actually VR headsets. Microsoft HoloLens is the only headset that has AR functions. The headsets are equipped with inside-out positional tracking to enable room-scale VR without setting up additional sensors.
PlayStation VR consoles and games are also on sale through Monday. Sony announced that the PlayStation 4 1TB consoles will be on sale for $200, and that game bundles including PlayStation VR Gran Turismo Sport Bundle ($299.99) and PlayStation VR Skyrim VR Bundle ($349.99) will be discounted by various retailers.
Oculus Rift is also discounting its headset and Touch controllers bundle. Typically the bundles go for $399, but they will be on sale for $350 from November 23 through November 25.
Google Daydream View will be a little less expensive on Black Friday. The headsets typically cost $99 but will be available for $79 from Google or Verizon.
Even retailers are getting in on the action. Walmart is training its sales staff using a VR simulation to help them get through Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Other retail companies are using VR and AR to change the way commerce and traditional shopping works.
And if you're looking for advice about what VR apps, games, and devices you can share with your family members over the holiday, Road to VR has prepared a list for readers.