The Oculus Quest 2 is probably the best virtual reality headset in years, thanks to a winning combo of portability, power, and price.
Even better, since it’s a standalone headset you don’t need an expensive gaming PC or console to power the VR – the Quest 2 just works, which makes it a perfect Christmas present.
The only downside for potential Quest 2 buyers is that the headset is so popular, and such good value already, that it’s very rarely on sale. There was an unexpected £50/$50 cashback offer over the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales period, but that’s since expired.
So far Christmas deals aren’t as impressive, but we’ve rounded up all the holiday savings we can find in both the US and UK right here.
How much does the Oculus Quest 2 cost?
- 128GB – £299/$299
- 256GB – £399/$399
The Oculus Quest 2 starts at £299/$299 for the 128GB model. This makes it £100/$100 lower than the starting price of the original Quest, which only included 64GB storage – as did the Quest 2 initially, but the 64GB model has since been phased out for a 128GB version at the same price.
Meanwhile the larger capacity 256GB model is also a major upgrade from the 128GB maximum on the original Quest, which cost £499/$499 – meaning you now get more storage at a lower price for both tiers of the headset. Nice.
Best Oculus Quest 2 discounts and deals
The Quest 2 is now back in stock and better value than before thanks to the doubled storage for the entry-level headset.
The excellent £50/$50 cashback offer that applied for Black Friday is sadly gone, and the only official holiday offer from Oculus is a little measly: £10/$10 off the Elite Strap with Battery – normally £109/$109 – if you buy the Quest 2 before 26 December.
If you’re in the UK you might prefer to buy the headset from Currys. You won’t save any money on the headset or accessories, but buy before 15 January 2022 and you’ll get up to five months’ free Apple Music, Apple Arcade, and Apple News+. New customers get the full amount, while returning customers get two months of music and four months of the other two. Existing customers aren’t eligible, though you could always cancel your existing subscription before redeeming the offer.
Where to buy the Oculus Quest 2
You can buy the Quest 2 directly from Oculus or any of the retailers listed below:
- Game – Free standard delivery
- Argos on eBay – Click and Collect available
- Argos – Standard same-day delivery available for £3.95
- Currys PC World – Free standard delivery in 4-5 days
- John Lewis – Free standard delivery
- Very – Free Click and Collect or £3.99 for standard delivery
Why was the Quest 2 removed from sale?
The Quest 2 was removed from sale worldwide temporarily in July 2021 as part of a voluntary recall by Oculus and its owner Facebook, but is now back in stock.
The problem stemmed from concerns about a rare skin irritation problem caused by the headset’s foam padding. Existing Quest 2 owners are eligible to request a free silicone cover to sit on top of the foam, and the pause in headset sales gave the company time to add the cover into all of the retail packaging going forward.
Curiously, this wasn’t the first time that the foam was an issue. The Quest 2 was briefly removed from sale on Amazon across Europe earlier in 2021 over the same issue.
At that time only Amazon stopped selling the headset – while other retailers including Oculus.com carried on selling it – and when it eventually returned on sale Oculus said that the headsets are now manufactured with a new foam that does not cause any irritation. Presumably this foam fix wasn’t enough, since it’s now opted to include the silicone covers instead.
Is the Oculus Quest 2 better than the Quest?
The simple answer is yes, but see our review to find out why.
The Quest 2 is 10% lighter, more comfortable, and offers an improved display with over 50% more pixels than the original Quest. This translates to a bright, detailed experience with nearly 2K resolution per eye.
The refresh rate also gets a boost to 90Hz from 60Hz, along with controllers that last four times longer than the batteries on the original.
More importantly, Oculus has simplified the IPD (or Interpupillary Distance) adjustment. The IPD measures the distance between your pupils to calculate a 3D effect that’s believable. Users can now quickly choose the setting that works best out of three options.
Of course, if you’re looking at how to buy the Quest 2, you probably know most of this, but see our handy round-up of all Oculus Quest 2 deets and news and the best Quest accessories if you want to know even more. For more future-facing tech, take a look at the latest Oculus Quest 2 Pro news. We’ve also got the top Oculus Quest 2 tips and tricks for those wanting to get the most out of their headset.