2018 saw some massive price cuts on virtual reality equipment, as both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift dropped in price by hundreds of pounds in efforts to lure more customers into their ecosystems, and with the release of new headsets in 2019 including the Oculus Rift S and Vive Cosmos, this trend has continued.
The end result is that VR is more affordable than ever before. We've done our best to sort through the best offers around on VR headsets and games to help you get the best price.
Best Christmas virtual reality deals
For ease, we're going to break down the sort of deals you can expect to see by platform.
PlayStation VR deals
Despite being the cheapest of the VR sets on the market right now, we've seen impressive discounts and bundles for the PSVR headset, cameras and games.
If you're looking to buy the headset itself, the best bet is to go for one of the various bundles, which tend to include the headset, the PlayStation Camera (which you need to run the headset), and a game or two. Also keep an eye out for the optional (but fun) Move controllers, and remember you'll still need a PS4 or PS4 Pro to play it all on.
if you already have a headset, you can still find discounts on games - especially the launch titles that are now looking slightly less polished than more recent games.
HTC Vive deals
Vive saw a massive price drop in 2018, from £759 down to £499, and was recently discontinued by HTC, but it's still one of the most expensive consumer-focused VR set on the market. You've also got the standalone Vive Cosmos, the next-gen PC-powered headset, but it's not cheap at £699.
Remember that you'll need a decent-spec PC to power the VR experience - if you don't have one, keep an eye on gaming PC deals - any high-end rig will run VR well, though some specifically advertise themselves as 'VR-ready' now to show they meet the required specs for Vive and Oculus.
Oculus Rift S deals
The Oculus Rift S was released earlier in 2019 as a replacement to the original Oculus Rift, and boasts the same attractive £399 price tag despite the various upgrades on offer.
Look out for bundles including the hardware, controllers, and games - if they drop below the £400 with games included, it's worth considering.
Games themselves also get discounts, so check out the likes of Steam, the Oculus Store and Green Man Gaming. And, as with the Vive, remember to look out for bargains on VR-ready PCs too, if you don't have one yet.
For all of these platforms, Amazon has some of the biggest bargains.
Best VR deals of Christmas 2019
1. PlayStation VR Starter Kit
From: Laptops Direct
Now: £179.97 (£90 off)
With £90 off, this sub-£180 PlayStation VR bundle is amongst the cheapest in the market right now, and comes with the PlayStation Camera and a copy of PlayStation Worlds too.
2. PlayStation VR Mega Pack
From: Currys PC World
Now: £209 (£90 off)
This is the ultimate bundle to kickstart your VR experience, featuring not only the PSVR headset and PlayStation camera, but download codes for PlayStation Worlds, Skyrim, Astro Bot: Rescue Mission, Resident Evil Biohazard and Everybody's Golf VR.
The only thing you'll have left to buy are the Playstation Move motion controllers!
3. HTC Vive
The HTC Vive has been officially discontinued by HTC, so it's only a matter of time before discount hardware begins appearing at retailers. That hasn't happened just yet, but if you want to invest in the Vive ecosystem right now, this is the best price you'll find online.
4. HTC Vive Pro
Now: £749.99 (£50 off)
If you've already got the HTC Vive and want to upgrade your virtual experience, you can pick up the Vive Pro headset from Vive with £50 off the £799.99 RRP.
It's worth noting that this deal is for the headset only - you'll have to buy the base stations and controllers separately if you don't already have an HTC Vive system.
5. Oculus Rift S
It's not discounted, but we have to mention the great-value Oculus Rift S. The 2019 model offers a significant upgrade over the original and cements its place as one of the most advanced (and budget-friendly) PC-based VR headsets on the market.
It boasts upgraded optics, enhanced design and inside-out tracking - find out more in our full Oculus Rift S review.