The holiday shopping season is here, and VR is getting some sizable discounts to come along with it, making the prospect of owning a VR headset even more affordable. We’re tracking the best Windows Mixed Reality headset Cyber Monday 2017 deals now that Black Friday has come and gone.
Updated 11/27/17, 12:45AM ET
Windows VR Deal Baselines
Windows VR headsets, compatible with the ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ platform, have only been out a few months, and come from a variety of manufacturers including Acer, Dell, HP, Lenovo and Samsung. All the headsets except for one, Samsung’s Odyssey headset, appear to be based on the same reference design provided by Microsoft, so they’re more or less the same outside of the obvious styling differences. To get a good idea of what’s at stake savings-wise though, here’s the headsets’ base prices:
- Acer Headset + Controllers – $400
- Lenovo Explorer + Controllers – $400
- Dell Visor + Controllers – $450
- HP Headset + Controllers – $450
Oh, and check out our review of Acer’s headset for a deep dive on what makes Windows VR headsets tick.
The Best Windows Mixed Reality Headset Cyber Monday Deal – Lenovo Explorer
If you want to join the ‘Windows Mixed Reality’ ecosystem and don’t care about the small differences between the first generation of Windows VR headsets, the best deal so far is the Lenovo Explorer for $300 from the Microsoft Store, a $100 savings which includes the headset and controllers. The deal lasts until 11:59 PM PST on November 27th.
This is by far the cheapest Windows VR headset on offer, making it the best deal out of the lot, however Microsoft is also offering discounts ranging from $50 to $100 on the other Windows VR headsets too:
- Best Acer Mixed Reality Headset Cyber Monday Deal – $350 at Microsoft (or $300 in-store-only at Micro Center)
- Best Dell Visor Cyber Monday Deal – $400 at Microsoft
- Best HP Mixed Reality Headset Cyber Monday Deal – $350 at Microsoft
- Best Samsung Odyssey Headset Cyber Monday Deal – $450 at Microsoft
The Best VR Ready PC + Windows VR Headset Bundle Cyber Monday Deal
Want to pick up a Windows VR headset but need a Windows VR PC to go along with it? The best deal we’ve found so far is this VR Ready PC and HP Mixed Reality headset bundle from Microsoft for $750.
Other Windows VR Headset Deals to Consider
There aren’t an abundance of game bundles, or other deals coming along with the headsets this year, as it seems Microsoft has set made the deals exclusive to the Microsoft Store. There are some interesting hardware bundles though if you don’t have a computer capable of running more intense applications and games:
- Lenovo Laptop + Lenovo Windows Mixed Reality Headset – $1,200 at Microsoft
- Dell Inspiron Laptop Laptop + Dell Windows Mixed Reality Headset – $1,150 at Microsoft
There’s also the ongoing Steam Autumn Sale where you can save big on VR games (many of which now support Windows VR headsets).
If you’ve found a better deal on the web, let us know in the comments and we’ll include it in our savings round-up.