If you’ve been eyeing a Windows VR headset, you’ll be interested to see the huge discounts currently available from Amazon US on most Windows VR headsets. Samsung’s Odyssey headset is seeing a rare drop to $400 while the HP headset is down to a staggering $160.
The Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets launched late last year, and today you can pick one up with some steep savings currently available from Amazon US. Here’s a quick look at each headset’s MSRP and the currently available price (brand new, including controllers):
- Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset w/ Controllers [Amazon]
- MSRP: $400
Currently: $260 (35% discount)
- Better Deal: $200 from Microsoft (50% discount)
- Dell Visor w/ Controllers [Amazon]
- MSRP: $450
- Currently: $300 (33% discount)
- HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset w/ Controllers [Amazon]
- MSRP: $450
Currently: $260 (42% discount)
- Better Deal: $200 from Microsoft (56% discount)
- Lenovo Explorer w/ Controllers [Amazon]
- MSRP: $400
- Currently: $250 (20% discount)
- Samsung Odyssey w/ Controllers (Prime exclusive) [Amazon]
- MSRP: $500
- Currently: $400
While at least one of the Windows VR headsets from Acer, Dell, HP, or Lenovo can usually be found with a healthy discount, Samsung’s Odyssey headset—which is positioned as the premium Windows VR headset—is rarely found discounted from its $500 MSRP. However Amazon US is currently offering an exclusive discount for Prime members, dropping the headset to $400. You can get the deal by signing up for a free Prime trial. The Odyssey is different from the other Windows VR headsets with best-in-class resolution of 1,600 × 1,440 and a wider field of view. Unfortunately the Odyssey appears to still not be available in Europe.
The reasoning surrounding the ongoing discounts seen on Amazon US isn’t clear—nor is it apparent if they are permanent, or how long they might last if they aren’t—but for many months now we’ve seen the headsets trade places being the cheapest, and occasional discounts from the Microsoft store have followed a similar pattern. It’s seems likely that the discounts are helping to drive the slow but steady adoption of Windows VR headsets on Steam.
When the Windows VR headsets were first announced all the way back in 2016, their ~$400 price point was mighty compelling against the then quite pricey Rift ($600) and Vive ($800). But by the time the Windows VR headsets actually made it out the door in late 2017, those incumbents had seen their own major price cuts—now with the Rift at $400 and the Vive at $500—giving the Windows VR headsets much less of an edge of price. But with the discounts available on Windows VR headsets today, they represent a rather attractive value option for new users hoping to jump into VR, especially if you’re just looking to get in on some Beat Saber.