deal of the day

The Oculus Rift and Touch Controllers Are Now $200 Cheaper

If you’ve been curious about jumping into virtual reality, but have been waiting for prices to drop, today is your day. Oculus has announced it’s dropping the price of the Oculus Rift headset and the Oculus Touch controllers by $100 apiece, meaning you can get both the Rift and Touch together for $599 — or, separately, the Rift headset for $499 and Touch controllers for just $99.

This is the first major price drop we’ve seen from the first generation of VR systems, and it’s a pretty significant one. The Rift’s main competitor, the HTC Vive, currently retails for $799. The PSVR, meanwhile, is $499 with two controllers and a camera included, but is undeniably underpowered when compared to the Rift or Vive.

The knock against the Oculus when it first launched in spring of 2016 was its lack of handheld controllers (players used an Xbox controller). But the Oculus Touch controllers, released late last year, feel better, and allow for a more natural range of hand motion than the HTC Vive’s wandlike controllers. With Oculus now aggressively undercutting the Vive on price, and no clear indication that either plans to release updated versions of their headsets in the near future, we may be seeing the beginnings of a price war.

You’ll still need to drop at least another $650 getting a PC that can handle the requirements of virtual reality, but this price drop for the Rift and Touch starts to put VR a little bit more in, uh, touch.

Oculus Rift - Virtual Reality Headset

The Strategist is designed to surface the most useful, expert recommendations for things to buy across the vast e-commerce landscape. Some of our latest conquests include the best women’s jeans, rolling luggage, pillows for side sleepers, ultra-flattering pants, and bath towels. We update links when possible, but note that deals can expire and all prices are subject to change.

Every editorial product is independently selected. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.

The Oculus Rift and Touch Controllers Are Now $200 Cheaper