VR gaming and media are finally taking off. It’s never been a better time to jump into the pool and start playing these immersive games, and engaging in these life-sized worlds, movies, and more. On the list, we’ve included some dedicated VR hardware, such as Samsung Gears and Oculus Rifts, but also a few PCs that will help those who are looking to get the necessary hardware for running these computationally-demanding games.
Here’s the top 5 best Amazon Black Friday VR & AR deals.
1. Samsung Gear VR With Controller – 31% Off
This Samsung Gear VR kit (with controller) is very cheap today and is fully compatible with 100s of different games and experiences from Oculus. One can also use the included controller for some basic movement functionality; it also detect waves of the arm. While this isn’t the top of the line in terms of VR experiences (the resolution isn’t out of this world), it offers an excellent foray into the VR space for beginners. Users love this kit for its high quality controller, comfortable headgear, and smooth operation.
It’s compatible with all of the following devices: Galaxy Note 8; Galaxy S8+, Galaxy S8, Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge, Galaxy S6 edge+, and the Galaxy Note 5.
2. Playstation VR with Gran Turismo Bundle – 22% Off
Now this is the full setup! This Playstation 4 VR kit includes a VR headset, two Playstation Move Controllers, and the Gran Turismo racing video game. This is a great introductory bundle to VR gaming on the PS4 with a lot of versatility. This bundle also includes the Move controllers so one can get up and dance with movement based games.
3. Oculus Rift + Touch Virtual Reality System – 13% Off
This great bundle includes one of the best VR headset’s on the market, the Oculus Rift. It also includes six free titles. Rift’s are known for their excellent image quality, low latency (they’re very responsive), and their dynamic controllers. Now, this is a PC system so one will need to be sure they have the right computer to do the job. The Rift’s minimum specs are a GTX 1050Ti or a Radeon RX 470 (see PCs below if you or the receiver of this as a gift doesn’t have a PC that’s up to snuff). The Rift offers one of most sophisticated ways of trying VR and this is an excellent kit to get started.
4. Asus ROG Strix PC – 26% Off
This is an amazing gaming PC with absolutely zero compromises. It boasts a large 17.3″ display, blazing fast GTX 1070, and a nice dual drive setup (128GB SSD + 1TB HDD). That would already make it a more than competent gaming PC for using VR, but the deal gets sweeter. This PC also has a G-Sync display which means it can render action very smoothly (without annoying frame chopping). On top of that, the display is 75hz so it’s about 25% smoother than your average video game console. In other words, this is a great gaming machine. While the Acer Predator Helios 300 has topped our list of value PCs for a long time, this Asus model at this price is a much better deal. It’s more powerful, faster, and has a way better display. This is the best way to VR on the go.
5. CyberPowerPC Xtreme VR – Only $829.99
For those who don’t need a laptop, this CyberPowerPC model is on sale today at a very reasonable price given its high quality specs. This machine boasts a fast processor, 8GB of RAM, and a large hard drive (plus a 120GB SSD to help keep the system snappy). With its GTX 1060, it’s fast enough to run modern games at medium and high settings. Of course, it’s also fast enough to supply the necessary data stream to your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. It also includes a one year warranty from the manufacturer.