When Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) launched PlayStation VR back in October 2016, the likelihood of acquiring one from a retailer on launch day without having pre-ordered first was slim. While the company avoided the launch day issues that plagued rivals Oculus Rift and HTC Vive – some consumers had to wait weeks or in some cases months to receive theirs – what PlayStation VR did suffer from was additional stock shortages in the run up to Christmas. Now – for UK customers at least – stock seems to be back in healthy supply.
If you’ve been after a headset since it launched several retailers are now listing stock online with prices either at £349.00 GBP or £349.99. Currently major retailers include: Amazon, Currys/PC World and John Lewis, with the former and latter both offering free delivery, while Currys/PC World only offers collect in store so you’ll need to check your local branch if you want one quickly.
Stock only applies to the headset itself and not any of the accompanying accessories. If you don’t already own one you’ll need to also factor in the cost of the PlayStation Camera – this is required to track PlayStation VR – alongside any software you may want. While customers in the US have been able to secure a bundle including the camera and PlayStation Move controllers, no such bundle exists for the UK. UK buyers do still get the demo disc included in the box which has Driveclub VR, RIGS Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, PlayStation VR Worlds, Battlezone, EVE Valkyrie, Headmaster and Wayward Sky.
Since launch PlayStation VR has had a fair number of titles arrive with the big two this year being Capcom’s Resident Evil 7 biohazard in January, and Codemaster’s virtual reality (VR) update of DiRT Rally last week. This week will see Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin arrive from Double Fine, and with the Game Developers Conference (GDC) next week there’s likely to be more announcements.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of PlayStation VR, reporting back with the latest updates.