The Oculus Quest 2 is going to be one of swiftest sellers this Black Friday, right through to Cyber Monday, providing stock lasts that long. Last year we saw this sought-after VR headset fly off the shelves faster than you could say 'virtual insanity.' And thanks to a recent 128GB refresh, the story will likely be the same for the Oculus Quest 2 over the 2021 deals season.
There aren't going to be any specific discounts on the best VR headset this year, but there is a Black Friday offer now live. Amazon is offering AU$100 credit with purchases of either the 128GB or 256GB versions of the Quest 2. You'll get that AU$100 as store credit on your account, while if you buy direct from Oculus you'll get AU$80 worth of game credit. The former is obviously the more attractive deal.
With Oculus' offer, it's also it's worth bearing in mind that the game credit needs to be redeemed to your Oculus account within 30 days and used within 60 days of redemption. Personally, I'd recommend going the Amazon route and using that AU$100 credit towards something useful, like this official Oculus Quest 2 carrying case.
One thing to keep in mind is that, due to recent PC component shortages, getting the components together for a powerful machine is easier said than done. That means many are looking to the Oculus Quest 2 to fill a void. Thanks to the Oculus Quest 2 being a standalone VR headset, there's no need for massively high-end hardware.
Now, the Quest 2 even has 120Hz support in some games, which is a darn sight better than it was. And if you're worried about the mandatory Quest 2 Facebook login (or Meta as it'll soon be known as) don't worry, Facebook looks to be getting rid of that soon—potentially stripping the Quest 2 of one of its largest flaws.
The best Oculus Quest 2 Black Friday deals
Oculus Quest 2 | 128GB | 1832 x 1920 per eye | 6GB RAM | AU$479 at Amazon Australia with bonus AU$100 Amazon credit
This new Oculus Quest 2 is a great compromise on storage capacity for a fantastic price. If you're not looking to have all your games downloaded at once, then why not opt for this? It's the same price as the old 64GB one anyway!
Oculus Quest 2 | 256 GB | 1832 x 1920 per eye | 6GB RAM | AU$639 at Amazon Australia with bonus AU$100 Amazon credit
Powered by a Snapdragon XR2 processor, this larger storage capacity Oculus Quest 2 works with PC VR or as a standalone VR headset. It's top of our list of the best VR headsets for a good reason, so worth a look whether it's on sale or not.
The Oculus Quest 2 both improves on the specs sheet of the original Quest and delivers it for cheaper. With a new LCD at 1832 x 1920 per eye, the Quest 2 offers exceptional clarity for an entry-level headset, through which you can enjoy a slew of games either purpose-built for the standalone headset, and thus rendered by the onboard Snapdragon XR2 chip, or beamed from your PC using Oculus Link and a compatible USB Type-C cable.
Thanks to Oculus Link, the Quest 2 becomes more than a standalone VR headset. It becomes an all-in-one VR Swiss army knife, capable of great on-the-move VR and gaming across SteamVR and Oculus Rift compatible titles. It's now capable of up to 120Hz refresh rate, thanks to a recent update, making it an even sweeter deal.
The Quest 2 is also one of the quickest headsets to get up and running on this list. With Inside-Out tracking and hand tracking built-in, you can go from unboxing to up-and-running in VR in just a couple of minutes. The Quest 2 has also enjoyed a boost in memory capacity recently, and ASU$479 new gets you a 128GB model, which is a sweet boost indeed.
There's only one hitch in the Oculus Quest 2's plan for virtual world domination: compulsory Facebook account login. The Oculus Quest 2 requires a Facebook account right now, though maybe not for long. The company has said it's to better serve you, the customer, with services and products, although for a good while there the only discernible 'benefit' was direct to feed screenshots. Not great. But it looks like that is going to change in the near future.
Read our full Oculus Quest 2 review.
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