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The best VR headset deals: Oculus and HTC discounts

Escape reality with these unreal VR headset discounts

Whelp, it’s been a few weeks, but our list of the best VR headsets can finally have some halfway decent VR headset deals on it. Considering there aren’t that many gaming-focused headsets for PC to begin with, good offers on them are like gold dust: rare, but damned if we aren’t going to wave everyone over to come look at the shiny.

This time it’s the HTC Vive Cosmos family, including the Vive Cosmos Elite, that’s getting the money-off treatment. These haven’t made it into our rankings of the very best VR headsets for PC, but that’s in part because their value proposition at full RRP doesn’t match that of the Oculus Quest 2. With up to hundreds of pounds/dollars off, though, HTC’s kits become a lot more enticing.

Hopefully we'll soon see discounts available on the Quest 2 as well, and maybe even the best-in-class Valve Index. For now, though, you can find the Vive Cosmos deals explained below. And don’t forget to check out our picks of the best VR games, so you know what to play once you’re all kitted up.

The best VR headset deals (UK):

HTC Vive deals

The Vive Cosmos separates itself from HTC's other devices with its Quest-like, inside-out tracking system, which uses cameras built into the headset to the movements of your head and hands and doesn't require external base stations. It also comes with bespoke wraparound controllers that swap out HTC's standard thumb-tracking pad for a more precise analogue stick. The Cosmos isn't wireless like the Quest 2, but at £200 off it does a much better job of competing on price. This deal runs until January 30th 2022.

The Elite version of the Vive Cosmos is also part of HTC's Winter sale, slashing £250 off its usual £899 RRP. This headset uses the more traditional outside-in tracking system reliant upon external base-stations, which require more work to set up but ultimately provide more consistent motion-tracking. A good middle ground, you could say, between the more basic Quest 2 (or the standard Cosmos) and the advanced but crushingly expensive Valve Index. Again, this deal expires on January 30th 2022.

The best VR headset deals (US):

HTC Vive deals

HTC don't look to be running an equivalent sale in the US, but Amazon still has $10 off the full Cosmos Elite kit. That includes the controllers and base stations.

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