2018 saw some massive price cuts on virtual reality equipment, as both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift have dropped in price by hundreds of pounds in efforts to lure more customers into their ecosystems, and we hope this trend will continue into 2019.
VR is more affordable than ever before. Plus, with January sales now in full swing, you are sure to see discounts on VR devices and games. 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 virtual reality deals right now
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 this year, from £759 down to £599, though that still makes it the most expensive VR set on the market - though its performance arguably justifies the added cost, especially with big exclusives.
Remember that you'll need a decent-spec PC to run any VR - 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 deals
The Rift is in a similar position to the Vive, having enjoyed a price drop to £400 (including Touch controllers) down from a peak of £550.
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 January 2019
1. HTC Vive
Now: £499 (£100 off)
With £100 off, this is the cheapest we've ever seen the HTC Vive, complete with motion controllers, base stations for tracking, and a code to redeem free Vive content.
2. Google Daydream View VR Headset
From: Mobile Fun
Now: £34.99 (65% off)
With 60 percent off, it's the perfect time to see what Google's Daydream mobile VR platform is like! Just make sure you've got a supported smartphone first. Read our review here.
3. Venom PSVR Stand (for PS4, HTC and Oculus)
Now: £17.86 (40 % off)
4. PlayStation VR Worlds (PSVR)
Now: £17.99 (£12 off)
This mini-game collection is the ideal intro to PSVR, and at almost half price, it's well worth the money.