Saturday 24 September 2016

The real PlayStation VR bundle costs $500 - everything you need

Daniel Anderson

Published 18/03/2016 | 14:25

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The Sony PlayStation VR was recently unveiled as the cheapest way for users to get into virtual reality but the true cost is a good bit higher

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Sony has to be happy with their full reveal of the PlayStation VR, with the news quickly spreading that it will be hundreds of Euro cheaper than any rival system when it arrives in October 2016. But, as ever, it's not really that simple.

The basic kit will cost $400/€400 when it launches, with the processor box, console and cables all ready to go. That sounds like a bargain, and certainly is next to the €800 HTC Vive, but there are some important components missing. For example the PlayStation Eye camera will be essential for the system to work properly and Sony also recommends two PlayStation Move controllers for the best experience. You will be able to use a basic DualShock 4 pad but you'll lose out on all the gesturing goodness.

Now Sony has announced a new PS VR bundle launch pack which includes two controllers as well as the camera and a whole new game called VR Worlds.

That's everything you need to get the most out of your new system, and the cost is said to be $499, there's no Irish price yet. This bundle is also thought to be exclusively for those who pre-order, with Sony hoping to bump up the numbers who are interested in the console ahead of time.

Two different versions of the pack makes a certain kind of sense - some people will already have a controller or the camera and it would be cheaper to buy those things separately, and Sony is likely to have a pack of all three out in time for release, but it's important that people know they'll need more than the basics to get into VR at launch.

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