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​Black Friday for VR things on your face

Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Gear VR and more: the best deals we've seen so far.

Josh Miller

If you're VR-curious, there are a few ways to dive into gifts for yourself and others over Black Friday. Most things on this list are virtual-reality headsets, but one (the Avegant Glyph) is really a head-worn display -- in other words, a tiny TV inside a pair of headphones...in a sense.

$100 gift code with Oculus Rift

The Microsoft Store will be giving $100 gift codes on Black Friday with the purchase of either the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, but the Rift sale is the more notable one because it's not on sale anywhere else. At the least, this is a good discount to absorb the purchase of Oculus Touch controllers in December.

Free Samsung Gear VR (and gift cards!)

Both Best Buy and Target are offering a free Samsung Gear VR when buying a Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge phone. But they're also offering even more: Target is giving away a $250 gift card and a $50 Oculus software pack, while Best Buy is giving away a $250 gift card too, but no extra Oculus software. Either way, a really solid deal.

$100 off the HTC Vive

The most intensive and setup-challenging virtual-reality hardware is also the best right now, and the entire kit of a headset, controllers and two light boxes for full-room sensing will cost $699, instead of $799. The Vive discount is available across retail stores, or online. Keep in mind, you still need a gaming PC that could cost even more.

Discounts on HTC Vive software

HTC is offering lots of apps on sale, in case you do have a Vive. bundling three popular Vive apps for $5 (Soundstage, Arcade Artist, Lumen), and offering $10 off a $30 purchase or more in the HTC Viveport app store. And 20 apps are on sale for 50 percent off. Click for the whole list, but definitely get Cloudlands: VR Minigolf. The deals go from Black Friday through Cyber Monday.

PlayStation VR games 10% off (or, anything in PlayStation Store)

Here's the bad news: there aren't any big deals anywhere on the PlayStation VR, or PSVR accessories, or even PSVR games specifically. But Sony's Black Friday sale on the PlayStation Store does include a one-time 10% off coupon for anything you might want to buy...so stock up on a few apps and use that code (click through to learn more). If it's any consolation, the PS4 is on sale (and its controllers).

20% off the Avegant Glyph

The Avegant Glyph is a wild pair of headphones with their own dual displays inside. They play movies or anything paired with your phone, PC or anything with HDMI, and can work with some 3D content. Avegant.com is offering them for $439, instead of their normal $549.