Sony’s PlayStation VR headset is the stuff that good holiday shopping seasons are made of. Everyone dreams of purchasing a magical gift for the holiday season, something that the entire family will be able to appreciate on its own merits. PlayStation VR is that purchase for gamers this holiday season. Sure, it’s setup will be a bit complicated and it’s expensive. It’s easy for even the casual gamer to understand though. By dawning a PlayStation VR headset, you can feel like you’re living in your games, not merely someone controlling a person on a flat screen in front of you.
Sony announced PlayStation VR pre-orders had arrived again earlier this week, warning users that failure to place a pre-order for the accessory could absolutely result in them not having a headset before on launch day. Naturally, the move has some gamers asking themselves whether purchasing the PlayStation VR is a good idea. There are some valid arguments for and against buying the PlayStation VR.
Don’t Buy PlayStation VR: It’s Expensive
For all work that Sony seems to have put into making the PlayStation VR a reasonably priced accessory, the truth is that it takes a big cash investment to get started with it. We’re not talking as much money as it would be to get started with an Oculus and a capable gaming PC, but the price tag associated with the PS VR is still big.
There are two PlayStation VR bundles available for purchase. One of those bundles includes nothing but the headset itself and its related cables for $399. $499 gets users the other items that they need besides the headset. There’s two PlayStation Move controllers and a PlayStation Camera, plus a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds. You’ll need the Move controllers and the camera, if you don’t have them already.
Add in the $349.99 cost of a base PS4 and you’ve got a big purchase ahead of you. If you’re starting fresh without the console, you’re looking at over $850. That’s a lot to invest on a new platform.
Do Buy a PlayStation VR: The Games
One thing that should make anyone nervous is game selection. Sony and Microsoft both tried motion gaming with the Xbox 360 and PS3. Luckily for Sony, they were able to use the same underlying technology to help power the PlayStation Move experience. Both experiments with motion gaming flamed out in large part because there were no exciting games in development.
Sony learned its lesson. For PlayStation VR, the company is planning an extensive line-up of titles. Star Wars Battlefront will get its own PlayStation VR specific mission sometime this year. Batman Arkham VR will let players actually see through the eyes of Batman. It’s a PlayStation VR exclusive. Battlezone puts PlayStation VR players in control of a futuristic tank. There’s a version of Eve coming too.
Sony has a pretty impressive assortment of titles coming to the device. If you’re worried about not having anything interesting in the first two years of it being available, it’s safe to say the company has you covered.
Don’t Buy a PlayStation VR: If You Don’t Like Motion Gaming or Motion in General
There’s something to be said for Sony building on top of past technologies to get to the point where PlayStation VR would be a viable device. PlayStation Move and PlayStation Camera are instrumental in this new device.
Here’s the thing though. Some of the games available with PlayStation VR are might require a specific controller. Some of them include the Move controllers for arm tracking. If you weren’t fond of PlayStation Move controllers before, stay away from those games, at the very least. The standard DualShock 4 controller is compatible with PlayStation VR games too.
It should also be said that anyone who gets easily disoriented when moving around, might want to strongly consider testing out the PlayStation VR at a local retail store before they place a pre-order for the accessory. The games, by their very nature, are fast-paced and can easily disorient players.
Do Buy a PlayStation VR: It Appears to Be the Future
Every so often it gets a bit easier to see where gaming is headed. Just a few years ago, digital video games and consoles that supported video sharing where all that folks could dream about. Before those things, there was motion gaming.
We don’t know if PlayStation VR will ultimately by a huge success for Sony. Price and how quickly its partners can get decent games out will decide Sony’s fate in the space. What we do know is that the gaming industry as a whole is moving to embrace digital gaming in a big way. Oculus, Valve, Ubisoft and more are putting lots of resources behind creating VR games.
Ultimately, the decision to purchase PlayStation VR is yours alone. Just be sure to take everything into consideration before you make your decision. PlayStation VR launches on October 13th.