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Black Friday Deals for Tech Lovers: VR, 360 Cameras and Drones


Angela Hassassian
Angela Hassassian

Nov 24, 2017 - 9 min read

Black Friday Deals for Tech Lovers: VR, 360 Cameras and Drones

Black Friday is an exciting time for tech lovers and deal hunters who are ready to get their hands on a great piece of tech for a fraction of the cost. We’ve had our eyes peeled for some of the best virtual reality technology deals. After a lot of exploring the world of 360 and Virtual Reality we have compiled a list of the things that had us running for our wallets. If you’re interested in the best virtual reality devices including VR headsets, 360 Cameras or Drones, then these are the deals for you!  

 

Oculus Rift + Touch

 

 

About the Product

One of the leaders in Virtual Reality technology, Oculus VR released the Oculus Rift on March 28, 2016, and while their main focus was on gaming, it has since been used for so much more! While you can definitely use the Oculus Rift to play popular games such as Project CARS, Minecraft, Flight Simulator X, or Edge of Nowhere etc., the Oculus Rift is expanding to other spheres as well.

For one thing, you can use the Rift to create your own virtual cinema. Consumers use the free Oculus Cinema application to watch movies and videos in a cinema-like environment. But what’s really got us at the edge of our seats is the new medium of  360° 3D videos and virtual reality movies. Spherecial videos can be experienced with viewers moving their heads around to take in a 360 view of their surroundings. This opens up a world of opportunities that have yet to be tapped into in the film industry, and we’re psyched!

Here are examples of how it’s been done so far: 5 must-see short VR movies.

 

About the Deal

The Oculus Rift is promoting a package deal which will include the Oculus Rift headset, 2x Oculus sensors AND  2x Touch controllers, complete with all of the required connecting cables. The package bundle also includes free VR apps including Medium, Lucky's Tale, Toybox, Dead and Buried, Quill, Robo Recall and Dragon Front. The Oculus Rift alone cost $599 at launching, and the Oculus Touch cost $199.

Over time the price dropped drastically, with the Oculus Rift costing $499 and the Oculus touch controllers costing $99 (total of $598),  but with this special Black Friday deal you can get BOTH as a bundle for $349 (saving you $249)!

Lenovo Explorer Windows Mixed Reality Headset with Motion Controllers

 

About the Product

This hardware was designed for the Windows Mixed Reality platform, for the ultimate immersive experience. Once again, we’re talking huge changes in the gaming industry, but also exploring new ways of experiencing 360° videos and travel. The library of games includes hits like Halo Recruit, Racket: NX, FORM Demo Experience, and Fantastic Contraption.

Windows Mixed Reality platform also allows for a wide range of applications ranging from social to creative. You can enjoy an interactive experience of stargazing with Free the Night, or enjoy the 360° creations of a community of experts in Littlstar VR Cinema. You can also make use of their free VictoryVr Comics: Mendel & the Mystery of Genetic Traits app, and of course watch your favorite shows and movies with the Hulu VR app.

About the Deal

This piece of bundled tech originally launched at a price of $449. Over time prices dropped to  $399.00 but now you can get this amazing set for just $299.  That’s a $100 save! This steal includes the lightweight and comfortable  Lenovo Explorer headset and it’s ergonomic motion controllers, giving you what you need for a complete VR experience.

Gear 360 + Gear VR

About the Product

The 360 Gear is the first 360 degree camera from Samsung Electronics. They concentrated heavily on the simplicity and portability of their product. This camera is small, convenient and easy to use, with a video resolution of 4K and live-streaming capabilities to boot. With improvements to not only resolution, but also stabilization, this camera is a real value for its price (with or without the discounts). And what could go better with a Samsung Virtual Reality Camera than a Samsung Virtual Reality Headset?

The Gear VR is, you guessed it, Samsung’s Virtual Reality Headset. This product was made in collaboration with Oculus and is compatible with Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6/S6 Edge/S6 Edge+, Galaxy S7/S7 Edge, Galaxy S8/S8+, or Galaxy Note 8. Like the VR Headsets mentioned above, uses vary from being able to experience a Six Flags roller coaster to traveling around the world without leaving your living room. Play games, watch movies, and get an immersive experience with the apps available to download straight on your Samsung Flagship Mobile Device.

About the Deal

An older version fo the Samsung Gear 360 was launched at the price of $350, now you can find an updated version at a cheaper price of $229, but as part of Samsung’s Black Friday special, they are selling the Gear 360 at a discounted price of  $199.99 AND it’s throwing in a Gear VR (valued at $129.99) absolutely free for just a limited time only! Do the math and you’ll find yourself saving $150.

Of course, if the camera isn’t your cup of tea, you could also simply take advantage of the standalone price-break of the Samsung Gear VR with controller at the price of $89.99. With it’s original price being $129.99, that’s still a $40 saving!

 

Insta360 ONE

 

About the Product

Insta360 has a fairly new 360 camera product aptly called Insta360 ONE. It is perfectly designed for mobile immersive imaging and some amazing capabilities include 4K video resolution and 24 MP stills. This virtual reality camera is great for producing content for VR cardboards and headsets.

You can control it remotely via Bluetooth using your smartphone, or you can plug it directly into your smartphone and use your smartphone’s display as a viewfinder. It has stabilization features making for a smooth high-quality video, and it also has slow motion  and bullet time video effects which makes for some pretty awesome 360 videos with a kick.

About the Deal

The Insta360 ONE comes complete with a Micro USB cable, its protective case, an 8GB Micro SD card, a string attachment and a 1/4 Connector. Originally costing $299, you can now get your hands on it for $269, a $30 save.

 

DJI Spark

About the Product

The DJI Spark is everything you could hope from a DJI drone in compact form. It produces high quality images and 1080 video with features like gesture control and quickshot in Rocket, Dronie, Circle, and Helix mode. Like the products discussed above, this drone features mechanical image stabilization.

The panoramic mode can shoot both vertical and horizontal panoramic images. It has old but gold features like Active Track, Tripod Mode, and Sports Mode, making your 360 virtual reality content creation simple and fun!

About the Deal

Black Friday gives you a chance to save $100 on the DJI Spark which originally cost $499 but is  now discounted to a price of $399!


These Black Friday deals make Virtual reality systems more affordable and accessible to the general public. We at 360Stories just can’t wait to see how the world of VR and 360 will evolve and grow.