PlayStation VR Launches Today
The future is now.
It's a big day for Sony, as the company's long-awaited and highly anticipated PlayStation VR headset arrives on store shelves today, October 13.
The headset alone is priced at $400, but the device also requires a PlayStation 4 and a PlayStation Camera. Sony also sells a $500 Launch Bundle that comes with the headset, a camera, two Move controllers, and the PlayStation VR Worlds five-game bundle. All PlayStation VR units come with a demo disc that contains trials for 18 different games, including Resident Evil 7.
Before launch, Sony told fans they should expect PlayStation VR shortages. Right now, the device--both the core package and the launch bundle--are in stock and available at Amazon, GameStop, and Best Buy.
There are of course numerous games available for PlayStation VR, including Batman: Arkham VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and the aforementioned PlayStation Worlds VR. Check out GameSpot's review roundup to see what critics are saying about those games and others.
GameSpot's Jimmy Thang reviewed PlayStation VR, saying it's not a must-buy at the moment.
"As a VR fan, I want PSVR to succeed, but it trips up too many times to wholeheartedly recommend at this point," he wrote. "Many of the launch titles will make a large percentage of people sick, and it may lead to the false impression that VR has to make you nauseated. If you have a PS4 and are dying to get PSVR, then I'd recommend the $499.99 bundle which includes the PlayStation Camera, two Move controllers, and PlayStation VR Worlds.
"If you have a PS4 and are simply curious about VR, I'd hold out until more titles are released. While there are a handful of fun titles, there's nothing that I've played at launch so far to indicate to me that the PSVR is a must-buy right now. For everyone else, I'd recommend saving up for a better reality."
Research group Superdata released a report recently that estimated PlayStation VR sales to reach 2.6 million by the end of 2016. The firm said sales will benefit from the large install base of the PS4, which stands at more than 40 million units. However, Superdata also acknowledged that there may not be a "killer app" for PlayStation VR. Additionally, with a $400 PlayStation 4 Pro coming in November, some consumers may opt for that system instead of the VR device.
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