Virtual Reality is certainly gaining traction this year with the recent releases of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift just a few months ago. But VR Gaming, while seeming to be the way of the future and a great new innovative experience, can be quite expensive. VR ready PCs can cost a lot of money, and then you also have to buy the VR headset. That means shelling at a minimum of about $700-$800 on a PC if you’re building it yourself, and that’s to barely run VR. If you want to run it at maximum capabilities, you’re looking at shelling out about $1,500-$2,000 dollars. The Oculus Rift costs about $600 dollars, or if you want the HTC Vive instead that one will cost you about $800. And the differences between the two is that the Rift is a headset with no motion controls while the Vive has a laser grid that you set up in an open, clear space and does utilize motion controls that, from what we’ve heard from many sources, is pretty spot on. So at cheapest, you’re looking at spending about $1,400 dollars to run the Rift at minimum capabilities with no motion controls. While it’s the way of the future, it’s certainly not a cheap one. That’s where the Playstation VR comes in.
Playstation VR Joins the Battle
October 13th, 2016 will see the release of Playstation’s own VR in the new Playstation VR. All you’ll need is a Playstation 4 system and their Playstation VR headset, plus the Playstation Camera and the Playstation Move Motion Controls if you want motion enabled games. A Playstation will cost you at minimum $300 dollars for the new Playstation 4 Slim, which released September 15th, 2016 in North America. Or you could choose the basic Playstation 4 at about $300-400 dollars depending on the bundle. Or you can can choose the new Playstation 4 Pro which is more powerful than both of the previous Playstation 4 systems which will cost you $400 dollars which releases November 11th, 2016; just $100 dollars more than a Playstation 4 Slim and about the same price as a basic Playstation 4 system. A Playstation VR headset alone is $400 dollars while there is also a bundle that includes the Playstation VR headset, a VR game, the Playstation Move Motion Controllers, and the Playstation Camera for only $500 dollars.
You’re looking at spending at least $700 dollars if you go for the Playstation 4 Slim and just the headset, or $900 if you go for either the basic Playstation 4 or the Playstation 4 Pro and the VR headset bundle. Comparably, as discussed above, you’d need to spend at least $800 dollars on a PC that could minimally run VR to even consider getting the Rift or the Vive, which as we also discussed cost $600 and $800 dollars respectively.
Of course it’d be remiss of us not to say that we haven’t actually tried out the Playstation VR to see how it plays, or if it works as well as the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. Or how well Playstation VR runs it’s own VR games. However, from a financial standpoint, for someone looking to get into VR gaming on a budget, we believe that Playstation 4 and the Playstation VR are the way to go.
The Playstation Road to Greatness is on tour right now and is going from state to state in the United States and they have Playstation VR headsets onboard. If it comes to your city, and you are itching to try out Playstation VR, that’s your opportunity. Of course, you can also use https://www.playstation.com/en-us/explore/playstation-vr/trial/ to see if there is a Playstation VR demo set up at any of your local retailers or at least within 100 miles of your zip code.
Being Florida based, Rising Shark has a few locations that are at least within an hours drive of our base of operations in Tampa and we’re dying to head to one of the locations near us to try it out for ourselves this coming weekend. If that weren’t enough, the Road to Greatness Tour is heading to Orlando, Florida and we may get an opportunity to see it there too. For now, though, we are extremely on board with the idea of Playstation VR.
Go out and give it a shot, yeah?
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