If you saw our heads-up about the HTC Vive Black Friday deal earlier this week (to recap, you get a Vive, Fallout 4 VR, Doom VFR and a free deluxe audio strap and more for £599 starting from tomorrow), then you'll be pleased to know that the Oculus Rift is also being discounted for Black Friday - starting TODAY, in fact. It's almost as if they knew...
The US kicked things off this morning, dropping its Oculus Rift + Touch bundle to just $349 - that's $50 off the regular, albeit rather newish price of $399 / £399 - and as of 8pm this evening, those in the UK can get in on the deal action, too, as Amazon currently has it for £349 as well, throwing in free copies of Robo Recall, Lucky's Tale, Quill, Medium, Dead and Buried and Toybox with every purchase.
The Rift originally launched at £599 / $599 last year, but has since gone through a number of price cuts in an attempt to drum up support against the arguably superior Vive. The latest was over the summer, when the same Rift+ Touch bundle temporarily dropped to $399 / £399 during its Summer of Rift sale. As it turned out, making the Rift just $50/£50 more than a PSVR turned out to be a pretty good idea, so Oculus eventually decided to keep it at that price instead of putting it back up.
This time, though, its Black Friday deals really are a one-time only thing, as prices will go back up at the stroke of midnight on November 27th, i.e: Cyber Monday.
If you already own a Rift, however, there's still good news to be had, as Oculus is also offering three 'Complete Your Collection Pack' game deals. Each pack includes seven supposedly 'essential' Rift games for $99 / £79, saving you quite a considerable amount of cash if your collection's looking a bit thin. Pack 1 alone, for instance, has savings of around £60, and is arguably the best of the lot.
Those packs are as follows:
- Pack 1: Lone Echo, Superhot VR, The Mage's Tale, Eagle Flight, Space Pirate Trainer, I Expect You to Die, BlazeRush
- Pack 2: Arizona Sunshine, Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Gun Club VR, Chronos, Project CARS, Wilson's Heart, Ultrawings
- Pack 3: Killing Floor: Incursion, The Climb, Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, Raw Data, EVE: Valkyrie, Dirt Rally, The Invisible Hours
You needn't fear if you already own some of those games, either, as each pack is dynamically priced, so the overall price of the bundle will be reduced accordingly. These pack deals are live until December 1st, so make sure you grab one while you can.