Get Lenovo’s Windows VR Headset For Just $199 Today

by Jamie Feltham • April 17th, 2018

Want a taste of PC VR gaming but don’t want to splash out on one of the more expensive headsets? Lenovo has you covered.

The company’s Windows-based ‘mixed reality’ VR device, the Lenovo Explorer, is currently just $199 at the Microsoft Store. That’s $200 off of its original price and $200 cheaper than an Oculus Rift, $300 cheaper than an HTC Vive, and basically the same price as Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) for PS4.

You can also save $200 on a bundle including the Explorer and Lenovo’s Legion Y720 gaming laptop with a 1060 graphics card fitted but, there isn’t any extra saving in buying the bundle over the headset alone.

The Explorer might not be quite as good as a Rift, Vive, or even other Windows headsets like Samsung’s Odyssey, but at this price it’s quite easy to recommend. The headset comes with a pair of motion controllers to bring your hands into VR and utilizes an inside-out tracking system, meaning you won’t need to place external sensors around the room like you do with the Rift and Vive. The tracking may not be as dependable as, say, SteamVR, but it’s far more convenient for the average home.

Better yet, the headset can play SteamVR games, giving you access to thousands of VR experiences on day one. The only caveat is that you’ll need a decent PC to power it, especially if you want to access Steam.

Elsewhere in Lenovo camp, the company is currently prepping to launch its standalone VR headset, the Lenovo Mirage Solo, next month.

What's your reaction?
  • Behram Patel

    How low can you go 😉 .
    Fantastic news . Thanks for the heads up Jamie.

  • koenshaku

    Great buy for someone that was on the fence because of the price.

  • Sebastian Sandvik

    Yeah… And in Europe it’s 499 euro. No wonder these aren’t selling well.

    • koenshaku

      I’m sure you can find it cheaper if you look around I think the mixed reality tv dude on youtube is from Germany and I thought he paid 300 euros for it.

      • Flyby Wire

        You have to import it yourself. Of course you can forget any warranty then.

        • koenshaku

          Yeah you can order it from the U.S amazon, but it will cost like $230 euros with the shipping.

    • Flyby Wire

      I wonder why they are so expensive here in germany. I would have bought one for my daughter otherwise. And the Samsung isn´t available at all. For whatever reason they do so, it´s not creating customers or furthering the cause.

  • Hone McBone

    I’d really like to see the same companies that collaborated with Microsoft to make these VR headsets collaborate with Valve to make some SteamVR headsets with Valves tracking & controllers, which are arguably the weaker parts of the Mixed Reality headsets. It’d be great to get some direct competition for the Vive with these kinds of prices.

  • Mike “Sh1neSp4rk” Lamble

    That headset was literally free when you bought the Y720 (itself having a discount of like $200) last week