Pre-Ordering VR Amid Various Uncertainties

psvr launch bundle cover

2016 has been proclaimed “the year of VR” and all of a sudden it feels immediate. When it was said back in January, it still seemed like a fever dream that consumers would get their hands on their choice of VR within the same calendar year. We’ve now had the opportunity to pre-order our choice of entry, and I never expected that I would not only be interested, but that I would be among those pre-ordering this still fledgling area of gaming.

But pre-order I did. This week, I very urgently placed my pre-order on Amazon for the PlayStation VR bundle (seen above). Am I certain I’m ready to jump in to this unknown frontier? Nope. Am I sure I’m even going to keep this pre-order as the year goes on and I learn more? Nope.

But I have a feeling my curiosity will get the better of me.

The game I’m most excited to get my hands on is Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, the on-rails experience by Supermassive.

until dawn rush of blood logo upload

I don’t know much about it, other than that it touches on many horror elements I love: an amusement park/carnival atmosphere, a dark ride aesthetic, and more Until Dawn goodness. I’m also a fan of rail shooters, and combining that with a dark ride/horror scenario means I’m already sold.

In this case, quite literally.

But despite my excitement to blindly thrust myself into the world of VR, I am still unclear on how I might react to it on a fundamental level. You see, since I was 18 (which, incidentally, was a very long time ago), I’ve suffered from chronic (and intense) migraines. Apparently there are many types of migraines, and I have three of those types (as well as visual migraines, too). It can be difficult to find a balance because what might work to cure one, could end up aggrivating another.

But enough about that.

What I wonder is how I will respond to VR. Will it be a benign experience (physically), or will it potentially trigger yet another migraine? I’ve looked and looked, and while I’ve seen the concerns about motion sickness, I’ve yet to see anything about migraines.

I can only hope for the best. But I will continue to keep my eyes open for more information.

I’m actually surprised at how interested in VR I have become even though I’ve never experienced it firsthand. On one hand I worry that this is an expensive gimmick, and on the other, I feel like we are about to experience a bit of future tech right the heck now. It’s an exciting time to be a gamer.

So I ask you this: did you already pre-order a VR system? If not, are you hoping to? Or are you waiting it out? Or not interested in VR at all? I’d love to hear where others are on the VR spectrum of interest.

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  1. I’m waiting to see if VR actually is a worthwhile addition to the PS4. I’m definitely interested in it though.

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  2. I’m very excited for VR, specifically PS VR. Not out of any “brand loyalty” or anything, just because it will fit best in my life. I’ve not troubled myself to pre-order anything just yet but I would gladly be an early adopter. I think it’s going to be big, though maybe not right out of the gate. The tech seems to be working well enough for so many viable options to be hitting the market, so I don’t think it will be a short-lived fad, but rather a slowly-accelerating behemoth.

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    • I think you nailed it quite well. I will be very interested to see stats on the three major VR players at the end of the year. I do think PSVR has a bit of an edge as it runs off an existing console, but we shall see. I also hope it doesn’t make me barf all over my living room.

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      • It also takes advantage of the other main benefit that consoles enjoy, you already know the box you have will run the things same as it does for everybody else. No, adding memory, upgrading components, etc.

        Remember when the Wii first came out and there were various sites cataloging the injuries and destruction attributed to careless use of the wiimote? I’m expecting much more of that when VR reaches something closer to critical mass. As humorous as that can be for someone else to read about, I sincerely hope you don’t barf all over you living room also.

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