Sony announced that the PlayStation VR platform would cost $399 and launch this October during the 2016 Game Developer's Conference, but the company left out the fact that the system requires the $60 PlayStation 4 camera to function. While it may be true that many players already own the camera, the fact it's mandatory does add a bit to the price discussion.
Sony has now announced that it will be selling a bundle that has every piece of hardware you need, or could want, for playing virtual reality games on the PlayStation 4. The bundle will sell for $499.99 in the US or $699.99 in Canada, and comes with the following:
- All contents of the PS VR core bundle:
- PS VR headset
- PS VR cables Stereo
- PlayStation VR Demo Disc
- PlayStation Camera
- 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers
- PlayStation VR Worlds (disc)
"Starting at 7:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 22nd, pre-orders will open for the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle at participating retailers," the official blog post states.
If you wanted to know the price of everything you will need or could want to play all existing virtual reality experiences, this is the bundle for you. You also certainly get your money's worth with the three extra pieces of hardware and the PlayStation VR Worlds experiences.
Update: GameStop will require a $100 deposit to pre-order the bundle. "Pre-orders for the PS VR can be made at any U.S. GameStop store location or online at www.gamestop.com/vr with a $100 deposit that will be applied toward the $499.99 cost of the bundle," the company said in a press release. The basic, $399 PlayStation VR set will not be available for pre-order, according to Sony.