The most affordable ways to get into VR this holiday season

Virtual reality games let you experience things you never could on a monitor. But just a couple years ago, they required high-end gaming rigs with expensive headsets. Thankfully, that’s no longer true. While you still can spend hundreds of dollars on an HTC Vive or Oculus Rift if you want the best possible VR experience, you can also buy a Windows Mixed Reality headset and enjoy many of the same games with the PC you already have.

In this post, we’ll go over how to get into VR gaming while saving some money, either by buying a cheaper headset or shopping for a holiday deal. And we’ll tell you how how the cheaper Windows Mixed Reality headsets differ from the mainstream Vive and Rift headsets.

Holiday deals on the Oculus Rift, Vive and VR games 

Oculus dropped the price of the Rift + Touch combo to $349 over Cyber Monday, then decided to keep that price for the holiday season. The Rift still costs $349 on the Oculus store.

The Viveport store, which actually carries tons of games that work on the Vive and the Oculus Rift, is having a big holiday sale from December 13. This includes up to 40 percent off a whole order, which will hopefully apply to a headset. And some games are discounted by as much as 95 percent. So even if you already have one of the headsets, it’ll be a great way to stock up on a library of VR games.

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