Get VR Headset Deal In Time For Half-Life: Alyx

If you were thinking about getting a VR headset, now’s a good time. Over the last few years, the number of good VR games has been steadily building, and in 2020, there are more than enough to justify a purchase. We also have more marquee games on the way, including Phantom: Covert Ops and Valve’s own Half-Life: Alyx, which is built from the ground up for the Index headset. There are also some good deals on the headsets themselves going on.

One of the best VR deals going on right now is for the all-in-one Oculus Quest, which proved so popular during Black Friday that it’s sold out nearly everywhere. However, if you can find an Oculus Quest before January 31, you’ll get all three episodes of Vader Immortal: A Star Wars VR Series as long as you activate your headset within 30 days of purchasing it. Oculus is the only retailer still accepting backorders.

Oculus Quest (64GB/128GB) with Vader Immortal | $400/$500

Available for back-order; compatible with Half-Life: Alyx

Oculus is the last place you can back-order the Quest. Both options currently ship by March 3, which should be just in time for Half-Life: Alyx. The Oculus Quest doesn’t need to connect to a PC, which gives you full freedom to move within your designated space. However, if you’re interested in plugging it into a PC, Oculus recently introduced Oculus Link, which lets you connect your Quest to a PC with a high-quality USB 3.0 cable (which is the only way to play Half-Life: Alyx on the device right now).

You can see all of the best VR deals below. We know there’s interest in Half-Life: Alyx, so we’ve made a note of pointing out which ones will be ready to go for its March release date.

VR deals and discounts

Samsung HMD Odyssey+ | Starting at $304.50 ($500)

Compatible with Half-Life: Alyx

The Samsung HMD Odyssey+ is a great headset, especially at this price. As far as Windows Mixed Reality headsets go, this is the best one. You get two free months of Viveport Infinity, a VR game subscription service, with your purchase, and there’s also a huge library of compatible games on Steam, including the upcoming Half-Life: Alyx. Amazon has discounts from third-party retailers starting as low as $304.50.

HTC Vive Cosmos | $600 ($700)

Compatible with Half-Life: Alyx

The Vive Cosmos is HTC’s first headset with inside-out tracking, something that Oculus has adopted for both the Quest and Rift S. That means you don’t need any sensors to use the Cosmos; however, unlike the Quest, you will need to plug it into a PC to power it. Amazon currently has the HTC Vive Cosmos for $600, down from its regular price of $700. In addition to the headset and controllers, it comes with a six-month subscription to Viveport Infinity, a service that grants players access to a library of VR games and experiences.

Oculus Go (32GB) | $149/$200 ($199/$250)

The Oculus Go headset’s focus is more on media viewing. It’s a great headset for watching movies, shows, and other videos, but you won’t be able to play any of the games on Steam. Amazon has the 32 GB version of the headset discounted to $149, while the 64 GB option, is $200, though it won’t ship until later this month.

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