I’ll be honest, up until a few months ago, I hadn’t really been paying all that much attention to the VR platforms. As I’ve noted in a few other editorials, it took seeing games like Robinson: The Journey, Ace Combat 7 and Golem to get me interested. And then came the price announcements of Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both well out of my range as a college student regardless of the fact there’s no way in hell my computer would even run the stuff. My interest quickly died off after those announcements. Then came Sony.
Announced just the other day, the PlayStation VR headset will cost $400, with a few extra bucks needed to purchase the camera to actually use the headset. So all in all, after taxes, probably around $500 for the hardware. Still not cheap, but I won’t have to upgrade my entire computer to use it, which would have easily cost me another couple hundred bucks considering I got my current gaming PC back in highschool…so maybe 5 years ago now, if not longer. Just like video game consoles themselves, the PS VR is convenient to me as a consumer. There’s less hassle for me to get the platform, hook it up, and start using it. I don’t have to upgrade anything, or worry about it not working on my system because of some weird hardware issues. The biggest hassle I’ll have getting the PS VR is getting the PlayStation Camera for my PS4, which I apparently should have picked up a while ago.
I originally didn’t see myself getting a VR headset until I was done with college. With the PlayStation VR’s price now revealed, I have much more interest in being one of the first to pick up the headset and dive into virtual reality this year. There’s a lot of great looking games coming to the platform and the more I read and see about the headset, the more interested I get. All without ever even trying one on for myself, which will undoubtedly change when I attend E3 in June.
Ever since we started covering VR platforms, I’ve always wondered how popular they’d actually be for consumers. HTC Vive pre-orders were much higher than I expected and I can only assume that with the fan base the PS4 has, pre-orders will be through the roof for the platform. People are taking VR seriously, unlike the motion control fiasco back during the last generation. Also the fact that there’s literally hundreds of developers working on titles for these platforms instills a lot of confidence in me as a consumer that these virtual reality platforms are something special.
I’m curious to know how many of you are now interested in picking up a VR headset and if the price point of the PS VR changed your opinion on the platform or not. As interested as I am in learning more about these systems and trying them for myself, from a consumer standpoint, they have been something I couldn’t see myself shelling out close to a $1000 to experience.
Let us know in the comments section what your opinion on PlayStation VR’s price point is and if it’s enough to push you to be an early adopter.