VR is expensive. Buying used might be the solution.
Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, and the PlayStation VR are taking the world by storm when it comes to amazing VR experiences. The only problem for some people is the price of getting started. For instance, the PlayStation VR is about $349 on Amazon for a bundle with Skyrim. But what if we don’t have that kind of money?
No worries, we’re here to walk you through all your buying used options!
What to consider before buying a used VR headset
Do you have everything that’s required?
You’ll need to make sure you have a dedicated VR space, which is extremely important. Your entire gaming experience can be ruined if you find yourself trying to play in the smallest space possible because you keep running into walls or furniture!
For the PlayStation VR you’ll obviously need to have a PlayStation 4 to run the device. A PlayStation Pro is recommended for the best PSVR experience, but you can still get a good quality of gameplay on the PlayStation Slim. Not just that, but the PlayStation Slim goes for about $299 which is $100 cheaper than the Pro.
Let’s just get right to it: Buying a used VR headset thethe somewhat akin to buying a used pair of headphones. It’s been tight against someone’s face and they’ve likely sweat into it with perhaps an eye goober or two has slipped into the mix. Or their house is a lot like mine where there is a little gremlin who’s super interested in everything they can’t use. So, from jelly-fingers to other human eye-gunk you need to be okay with where your headset has been and know how to clean it off.
- The Google Daydream is extremely easy to clean and disinfect. Since most of the surface is hard plastic, most times you can wipe down with disinfectant wipes and call it a day.
- The PlayStation VR is a bit more of a pain to clean, but it’s still very possible.
- The Samsung Gear VR has replacement parts available should you need to replace foam for more cleanliness. Other than that, here’s how to clean your device.
Is the used VR headset that you’re considering in working condition? If at all possible, test it to make sure. This will be nigh-impossible if you’re buying online, so you should ask for photos of the hardware working and more detailed photos of the hardware (ports and all) to make sure it’s not damaged.
Also, be wary when you come across sellers who are marketing their equipment "as is." If there aren’t enough photos to suggest that the hardware is not damaged and in good working condition, ask for more. If the seller refuses, no soup for you.
Better yet, most of us have smartphones now (all the cool kids, anyway), so ask the seller to send you a short video of the equipment in action.
Buy only from trusted sellers
Until VR really takes off, Craigslist just isn’t going to be a valid source for used VR headsets. If you’re purchasing your used VR headset online from sites like eBay or Swappa, make sure you’re buying from trusted sellers and only those with great track records.
Where to buy used VR headsets
Here are the few places we’ve found used VR headsets and so far:
- Swappa: Google Daydream, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR,
- eBay: Google Daydream, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR
- Amazon: Google Daydream, PlayStation VR, Samsung Gear VR
- Call your local GameStop.
We all know GameStop is not one to cut prices down as cheap as buying it from a private seller, but you can get a console for a discount that can come with a warranty.
Have you found used VR headsets from any reputable sellers that we may have missed? Out the back of a hatchback in an alley doesn’t count! Sound off in the comments below!
Updated April, 2018: We’ve updated links and information about buying used headsets as well as price updates!
April 30, 2018 at 09:31AM