We're expecting a much better turnout in this year's Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals, compared to the stock issues we faced in the previous sale. Last year, the Facebook VR headset was nowhere to be found, but we've been seeing more and more units on the shelves over the course of the year. Not only is it much easier to buy Oculus Quest 2 right now, but the new 128GB model also offers far better value for money.
That said, the Oculus Quest 2 still hasn't seen too many discounts. While now a year old, this VR headset is still a hot item, and is very much in demand. Its low price point, simple un-tethered form factor, wide range of apps, and the fact that it has some of the best VR games make it an incredibly popular buy.
While stock has been holding up in recent months, that MSRP has remained firm heading into Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals. The 128GB model is available for $299 (the same price as the previous 64GB version) and you can upgrade to 256GB for $399. In the world of VR headsets that's particularly cheap already which means we're not expecting too many straight discounts on the device itself. Instead, we'd be looking at bundles for any potential savings in 2021's Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals.
We're rounding up all our expectations for this year's Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals just below, so you can get prepped, and get saving, for the biggest sale of the year.
Where to find the best Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals
We'll be rounding up all the best Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals as soon as they hit the shelves right here. However, if you're going it alone, we'd recommend starting off with the retailers listed below. These are the stores that are most likely to offer discounted bundles this year.
Amazon: official bundles with some discounts throughout the year
Best Buy: best for higher value bundles with loads of accessories
B&H Photo: often one of the first to offer rare price drops
Newegg: big savings on renewed models and accessories
Oculus: get in there early for any official price drops
Target: get it the same day with in-store pickup
Walmart: bundles regularly available
Amazon: sometimes offers discounts on bundles
Argos: previously had excellent deals on Go models
Currys: best for accessory bundles with regular discounts
John Lewis: two year guarantee included
Oculus: go straight to the source for early discounts
Very: regular stock and often price matches during sales
When will Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals begin?
Black Friday falls on November 26 this year, but we do normally see offers kicking off from at least the start of Thanksgiving week. In fact, last year's growing demand for online retail, and the potential for delayed deliveries heading into the holidays, meant that discounts were marketed as 'Black Friday' as early as October.
However, Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals are a little different. These are going to be high-flying discounts, so we would expect retailers to be reserving their offers for at least a couple of days before the main Black Friday sale kicks off. We'd recommend keeping a close eye out from November 19 onwards and having your wallet at the ready from November 24.
Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals: what to expect
This year we're expecting Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals to hit bundles the hardest. We can't see a significant price drop on the horizon, considering this headset hasn't seen a dollar off its MSRP in its lifetime. However, if there are any blockbuster $20 savings you'll need to get in there quickly as these headsets sell out at the best of times.
If you're after a more reliable path to savings, though, you'll be better off picking up a few accessories with your headset.
As it stands today, the Starter bundle offers up a headset with a carrying case for $348, the Streamer bundle includes a cable for use with your PC for $378, and the Pro bundle packages a carrying case and Elite Strap in with the headset for $397.
Of course, these are just the official bundles. We've seen retailers like Best Buy and Walmart in particular offering extra controllers, comfort grips, carrying cases, headphones, and wrist straps for a discounted rate and this is where we'll likely see the biggest savings. Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals will favor those who want to get all the extras from day one, then, with the highest value bundles sitting in the region of $399 - $499.
Of course, it's also likely that we'll see individual savings on these accessories by themselves. So, if you've already managed to snag yourself a headset, or you're happy to pay full price on Black Friday itself, you may also find savings on the Elite Strap, replacement controllers, or headsets specifically designed for the system - like the Logitech G333.
Will Oculus Quest 2 be in stock on Black Friday?
Whereas last year's Black Friday Oculus Quest 2 deals were hampered by stock shortages across the US and UK, we're not expecting to face similar problems in 2021. The Oculus Quest 2 headset has been far steadier on the shelves in recent months, following the brief recall period in the summer.
The headset was unavailable for one month earlier this year, due to reports that the previously used material in the face guard was irritating certain users' skin. With a new faceplace available on all headsets, and plenty of boxes on the shelves, we're optimistic for a full house come November.
Today's best deals
If you can't quite wait until November, you can always pick up an Oculus Quest 2 a little earlier. We don't foresee too many price drops on the headset itself, so you'll be safe to spend the full $299 / $399 before the official sale kicks off.
We're also rounding up all our expectations for the best Black Friday gaming laptop deals and Black Friday gaming PC deals if you've already got a headset that requires a tethered connection. Or, check out our predictions for this year's Black Friday laptop deals if you're looking for something with a little less RGB.