Samsung Odyssey Goes on Sale, Steep Discounts Continue for Windows VR Headsets

Samsung Odyssey Goes on Sale, Steep Discounts Continue for Windows VR Headsets

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If you’ve been eyeing a Windows VR headset, you’ll be interested to see the huge discounts currently available from Amazon US on every Windows VR headset, now including a $100 discount deal on the Samsung Odyssey from the Microsoft store.

Updated 2/13/18

The Windows “Mixed Reality” VR headsets launched just a few months ago, but you can already pick one up with some steep savings currently available from Amazon US. Here’s a quick look at each headset’s MSRP and the currently available price (brand new, including controllers):

  • Acer Windows Mixed Reality Headset w/ Controllers
    • MSRP: $400
    • Currently: $280 (30% discount)
  • Lenovo Explorer w/ Controllers
    • MSRP: $400
    • Currently: $280 (30% discount)
  • Dell Visor w/ Controllers
    • MSRP: $450
    • Currently: $270 (40% discount)
  • HP Windows Mixed Reality Headset w/ Controllers
    • MSRP: $450
    • Currently: $245 (45% discount)

Meanwhile, the Samsung Odyssey headset is now enjoying a $100 discount over at the Microsoft store, bringing its price down to $400 (a 20% discount), matching its price with the Rift. It’s unclear how long the Odyssey’s discount will last.

With best-in-class resolution of 1,600 × 1,440 (soon to be matched by the release of the Vive Pro) and a wider field of view, the Odyssey is positioned as the premium Windows VR headset. Unfortunately the Odyssey appears to still not be available in Europe.

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The reasoning surrounding the steep sales currently seen on Amazon US aren’t clear, nor is it apparent if they are permanent, or how long they might last if they aren’t.

When the Windows VR headsets were first announced all the way back in 2016, their ~$350 price point was mighty compelling against the then quite pricey Rift ($600) and Vive ($800). But by the time the Windows VR headsets actually made it out the door in late 2017, those incumbents had seen their own major price cuts—now with the Rift at $400 and the Vive at $600—giving the Windows VR headsets much less of an edge of price.

The fact that all of these Windows VR headsets are seeing simultaneous discounts makes me think that this may be a coordinated effort between the Windows VR headset makers to see if a reduced price will become a compelling selling point for the headsets.

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