This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, prospective VR adopters will see the first discounts on newly launched headsets. In addition to HTC’s own $100 Vive discount and app sales, Oculus is including $100 of store credit with purchases of an Oculus Rift headset at Best Buy, from November 24th to the 28th, “while supplies last”. According to Microsoft’s Black Friday deal preview page, it looks like they’re planning to offer the same.
Update (11/22/16, 9:02AM): Oculus has confirmed that the $100 store credit deal will be available in the US and Canada from Best Buy, Amazon, and Microsoft, and at GAME in the UK, Saturn in Germany, and FNAC in France.
Unfortunately the credit only applies to digital content, so cannot be redeemed for cash or put towards the new Touch controllers. Also, the credits must be used before December 31st, but thankfully there is plenty of great VR content to invest in immediately, and it gives owners enough time to consider some of the designed-for-Touch launch content too. There is a small selection of other free software on the Oculus Store (Lucky’s Tale is still free, though Rift headsets no longer come with Eve Valkyrie), but the $100 credit will certainly help to get the most out of their new device over the holidays.
Oculus also teased “a few Black Friday surprises on the Oculus Store”, so keep your eyes peeled if you’re in the market for some fresh VR games.