At this year’s Game Developer’s Conference, Sony finally put a release date and price on their PlayStation VR. It will arrive in October and will have a smaller price tag than its competitors, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. Sony has even promised that at least 50 VR specific titles will be available before the end of the year, all of which they require will run at 60 FPS.
As with any new significant release in the gaming marketplace PlayStation VR is not without its critics. One criticism that threatened to kill the excitement was the true cost of the headset. With Sony announcing that PS VR would require PlayStation Camera and that some titles need PlayStation Move controllers, the $400 price tag was more of a starting point of a realistically larger cost. That is still true but Sony is trying to soften the blow with the reveal of an official PlayStation VR Launch Bundle.
The bundle will include: PS VR headset, PS VR cables, stereo headphones, PS VR Demo Disc, a PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, the PlayStation VR Demo Disc, and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. Interested PlayStation 4 owners will be able to pre-order the bundle starting at 7am PT on Tuesday, March 22. It will cost $499.99, so that’s $100 more than the recommended retail price of the PS VR headset alone, which Sony hopes shows significant value for money. There will be a limited amount available but a second wave will be put on pre-sale in the summer. It’s a step in the right direction but early adopters of the PS4, who already have a PlayStation Camera, still await a bundle that doesn’t leave them with two of the same accessory.
Having everything required for PS VR to be functional is one thing but it would still be near useless without any compatible software. Sure, there will be a ‘cinematic mode’ that will allow users to watch streaming videos or play any PS4 game using the headset but that’s not a true VR experience. Thankfully, the Launch Bundle will include a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds.
PS VR Worlds is a collection of mini-games that have been doing the rounds at all trade shows ever since PS VR was announced. It combines five different VR experiences that Sony believes will allow players get a feel for what virtual reality can offer right out of the box. It includes The London Heist where players undertake a robbery before having to make a daring escape. Into The Deep, which puts you to work as a deep sea salvor, admiring marine life as you descend through ocean layers facing the terror of something going horribly wrong. Also on the disc will be VR Luge, combining the thrill of luge and illegal street racing. Danger Ball has you playing a futuristic sport using your head to strike the ball but if you lose, you die. Finally, Scavenger’s Odyssey see’s players become an alien treasure hunter, manning a unique vehicle armed with twin pulse cannons and a Scavenger beam to destroy asteroids and travel towards an ancient relic.
The launch bundle will have everything players looking to get PS VR from day one will need. Of course, there will still be skeptics and those who want to find out more about the VR games themselves, particularly that PlayStation exclusive Star Wars: Battlefront VR.
PlayStation VR launches in October 2016
Source: PlayStation Blog