Since Sony revealed a $399 price tag and October ship date for the PlayStation VR, gamers have been eager to preorder the headset. Preorders begin Tuesday, March 22, at 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) but there's a slight catch — Sony is only offering a PlayStation VR bundle for $499 Tuesday. A preorder date for just the headset will be announced in the near future.
The PlayStation VR launch bundle includes the headset, two Move controllers, the PlayStation 4 Camera and "PlayStation VR Worlds" for $499.99. Considering the price of the PlayStation VR core unit is $399, the camera is $59.99 and a new PlayStation Move controller is $39.97, the inclusion of a second controller means a savings of just under $40 before adding the price of "PlayStation VR Worlds."
"The Playroom VR," a set of six multiplayer games that lets other players interact with the VR user, will be available for free as a digital download, Sony announced.
"PlayStation VR Worlds" is another packaged set of games including the popular thriller "The London Heist," which has been used to demo the PlayStation VR prior to its release. Other experiences include the ocean exploration game "Into the Deep," "VR Luge," "Dangerball" and the space shooter "Scavengers Odyssey."
"The Playroom VR" features several minigames that take advantage of the second screen experience. With the PlayStation VR, the processor box turns the television into a "social screen." In "The Playroom VR," one player wears the headeset while other players use the Dual Shock 4 controller to participate in a minigame.
Amazon and GameStop are among the retailers participating in the preorder. For GameStop, there's a limit of one PlayStation VR launch bundle per household, and a $100 deposit is required to preorder the headset. The deposit will go toward the final price of $499.99. Amazon's preorder is limited to one bundle per customer, and there will be no 1-click ordering for members.
"Virtual reality represents part of the strong future of gaming and will transform how users experience interactive entertainment,” said Bob Puzon, senior vice president of merchandising at GameStop, in a statement. “The PS VR will deliver our customers an amazing, immersive, in the game, in the moment, gaming experience."