Fancy increasing your technology library with a VR headset? Well, Oculus is attempting to make the decision a lot more lucrative with a steep discount on the Oculus Rift VR headset. However, you'll only have this Thanksgiving weekend in order to cash in on the deal, which sees the Oculus Rift made cheaper than the PS4 Pro and Xbox One X.
According to a promotional page over on the Oculus website, it notes that the headset is marked down to $349.99. This means that it's about $50 cheaper than the PS4 Pro and $150 cheaper than the Xbox One X.
If you had a limited budget and you were considering getting a high-end gaming device this holiday season, Oculus is hoping that the price slash on the Rift would make it an eligible offering for an under-the-tree gift for when Christmas day rolls around.
The deal is very limited, however. You'll have to work fast to get your hands on the Oculus Rift Thanksgiving bundle, which comes with the Oculus Rift VR headset, two Oculus lighthouse sensors, two Touch controllers, all of the connection cables, and seven free VR apps, including Lucky's Tale, Medium Toybox, Quill, Dead and Buried, Dragon Front and Robo Recall.
It's a pretty neat deal for all of what you get. $350 for the Touch Controllers, the headset and a bunch of apps? It's a good deal indeed.
In fact, it's quite obvious that Oculus is attempting to get competitive with Sony and the PlayStation VR bundle, which has also been marked down throughout the holidays. In fact, you can get the PSVR headset bundle for as cheap as $299.99. You're still paying $50 more for the Oculus Rift, but you're also getting a lot more games, and the two Oculus Touch Controllers. With the PlayStation VR bundle you won't be receiving the PlayStation Move controllers. The bundle comes with the PlayStation VR HMD, a copy of Gran Turismo Sport and the PlayStation Camera.
While a simple comparison would make it seem like the Oculus Rift is the better deal, since you get controllers and a total of five additional apps and the two sensors, the big problem is that you'll need a VR-ready PC in order to make use of the tech.
The Oculus website runs through the minimum and recommended specifications that your PC will need in order to run the Rift properly, and you'll need a Nvidia GTX 1050Ti or AMD Radeon RX 470 just get started. It's recommended to have at least a GTX 1060 or an AMD Radeon RX 480, however. You'll need an i3-6100 for the minimum specs or an i5-4590 for the recommended specs. Whether minimum or recommended, you'll also need at least 8GB of RAM and an HDMI 1.3 compatible video output port and at least three free USB ports.
It's a tall order to play VR games on PC, and that's likely going to be the biggest deterrent from luring in casual gamers. However, if you already have a VR-ready GPU, at least 8GB of RAM and an i5 processor, you're practically already set up to run the Rift, it's just a matter of getting in on the Thanksgiving deal before the weekend is out.