Meta Quest 2 | 128GB model | Includes $50 Amazon gift card | $349.99$249 at Amazon (save $100.99)
This is a great deal on a VR headset that has only very recently been replaced by a shinier model. Whether you use it tethered to a gaming PC or as a standalone device, you'll likely have a good time wandering in virtual reality with a Quest 2. The extra $50 gift card included here helps make this headset feel like an extra sweet deal.
Price check: Best Buy $249.99 | B&H $249
If you're after a VR headset in time for the holidays, you have your pick of the lot. You can spend your hard-earned cash on Meta's latest Quest 3, a properly next-gen VR and AR experience, or stick with Valve's tried and tested tethered Index. Though I'm pretty sure you'll find none cheaper—and still worth buying—than the Quest 2 for $250 (with a $50 gift card) right now on Amazon.
It might be yesterday's best VR headset but the Quest 2 is arguably the best on a budget right now.
While primarily intended as a standalone headset—that is, one that does not require a PC or laptop in order to run games and apps—the Quest 2 does shine as a tethered headset for PC users. You can hook it up with any high-quality USB Type-C cable of matching the bandwidth requirements for Oculus Link, though only the best cables offer both power and data delivery simultaneously. I've opted for the official Oculus Link cable at home, though it's pretty expensive and others can get the job done.
Once hooked up you can use the Quest 2 like you would any SteamVR compatible headset. Though unlike the Index or most of HTC's Vive devices, you need not set up any fiddly base stations to get rolling in VR. The Quest 2 has inside-out tracking and works great at tracking your environmentRead more on pcgamer.com