GameStop PlayStation VR Demos

As reported on by Fortune, John Koller, Vice President of Marketing for Sony Interactive Entertainment, attended GameStop shareholder meetings in Dallas this week to provide a demonstration of PlayStation VR and discuss the details of a partnership between Sony and GameStop that will provide over 500,000 PS VR in-store demos across the country between June and December 2016.

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PlayStation VR Thoughts

Alright. At long last, we have a price and a release month for PlayStation VR: $399 - October 2016. Announced today at GDC, this sets up Sony as the early frontrunner in the VR space. Even factoring in the cost of the required PlayStation Camera and an optional Move controller or two, PlayStation's offering comes in under the comparable offerings by Oculus Rift ($599) and the HTC Vive ($799). The real victory for Sony is that players only need a $350-400 PlayStation 4 to run VR, compared to the $800+ PC needed to run the Rift or Vive.

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PlayStation VR Predictions

Today at 2PM Pacific, Sony is holding a VR Press Event at GDC. All signs point to this being the big coming out party for PlayStation VR with a release date and pricing details finally being announced. If so, I'll finally find out how horribly off one of my 2016 Predictions turned out.

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That $600 Oculus Rift

When Oculus Rift announced their pre-order price of $600 yesterday, I contemplated writing about that instead of posting my reviews on Tales from the Borderlands or Rise of the Tomb Raider. But instead I decided to sit and think on it for a day. 

Based on my one five-minute demo of VR, I'm not ready to immediately commit $600 to it (in addition to the money I'll need for a new computer because I imagine my desktop from when I was still in college six years ago isn't going to cut it). Both Oculus and PlayStation need to do a much better job of selling me on this experience to get me to fork over that much money.

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