Where to find the chronically out-of-stock Oculus Quest

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The Oculus Quest, the runaway hit VR headset that is been largely unavailable from any retailer for the reason that holidays, is lastly coming again in inventory. That is nice information for VR followers. The Quest earned an Editors’ Choice Award right here at CNET final yr, and in contrast to most devices, it has gotten considerably higher with age. Oculus final yr rolled out a hand-tracking update that makes it potential for builders to create video games that do not require controllers, and the Oculus Link software program and cable allows the Quest to be tethered to a PC and play video games written for the HTC Vive. Which brings us to the most recent purpose for shortages: Half-Life: Alyx, a flagship VR title from Valve that is designed to be run on dear tethered headsets, however might be performed simply high quality on a comparatively cheap Quest utilizing the Oculus Hyperlink. 

The headset has been out of inventory attributable to a mix of shopper demand, the affect of the coronavirus on manufacturing, and even gross sales bots that automate the acquisition of limited-inventory merchandise just like the Quest and Nintendo Switch earlier than common customers can get to the web site. 

In the end, a wide range of retailers are beginning to have stock once more. When you’ve been ready for a 64GB or 128GB mannequin, now’s the time to position an order. However there are a number of caveats. Stock is altering continually, and there isn’t any assure you will get the model with the storage capability you need proper now. So chances are you’ll want to decide on between ready by extra shortages or shopping for 128GB whenever you wished the 64GB model (or vice versa). As a devoted Quest proprietor, I would say 64GB shortly will get a bit cramped, so I would personally advocate the 128GB model. Even so, it isn’t arduous to uninstall apps to make room for others; it is simply inconvenient.

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If you are getting a Quest with plans to play Half-Life: Alyx, you might need to get a long USB-C cable, and those have been hard to come by as well. You can use the USB charging cable that came with your Quest, but it’s just 3 meters long, which is a little short for VR gaming. The gold standard is the 5-meter Oculus Link cable from Oculus, but at $79, it’s a little pricey — and USB-C at both ends. I recently got the 16-foot Masiken Oculus Quest Link Cable for about $30, which plugs into a USB-A port, and it works fabulously.     

Finally, keep in mind that there are rumors afoot about a next-generation Oculus Quest headset, which might see the light of day later this year or sometime in 2021. But right now, all we have are rumors, so if you want to strap into some Beat Saber sooner rather than later, check out the current availability below.

Read more at GameSpot: Half-Life: Alyx review

64GB version ($399)

128GB version ($499)

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Note that this list may include bundles, used/refurbished models and third-party vendors that are listed as “in stock,” but often at much higher than the list price or with ship dates that are far in the future.

This article is updated frequently to reflect product availability. 


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