Over the course of each year, I frequently go through my existing pre-orders to make sure I’m still on board for what I’ve got on lockdown. I did this again the other day, and one of my pre-orders coming up for release begged for my attention and final decision: the PSVR launch bundle.
Initially it stood out to me for its price, but then I got to pondering if I wanted to be on the PSVR train from the onset, and why.
As someone who loves video games and new technology, of course I want to have it right away. I want to be a part of that early phase of VR and experience things that can’t be experienced in any other way. Back in March of this year, I wrote about why I wanted to pre-order PSVR amid my various uncertainties, but I’ve recently amended my decision. At least the timing of it.
Putting my need for not feeling left out behind me, I took a careful look and ended up deciding that I don’t need to be on the first adopter’s front line. I came away with three very specific reasons why.
#1: The Price Of Entry
I know as far as VR goes, the price point for PSVR is relatively low. But when I started thinking about that price ($499.99 USD), I realized it was more than I paid for my PS4 at launch. It wasn’t so much that comparison, rather realizing there were no launch games on the PSVR that I am interested enough in to plunk down for that point of entry. I know VR isn’t the gimmick many thought it would be, but it’s also getting more proof of concept experiences than full narrative games. I’m not sure I can justify that expense…yet. The more robust the catalog of games becomes, the easier I will find it to buy in.
#2: Too Many Unknowns
Really this comes down to just one big unknown: what are the specs of the PS Neo, and how does the existence of another console effect PSVR? Will PSVR run well on the existing PS4? Or will it be decent at best, and made to really run on the newer, as yet undetailed system that will undoubtedly cost far more? I’m already concerned how these .5 consoles will effect developers in the long run, but right now, I want to know how PSVR runs on both the PS4 and the PS Neo. I have no plans to buy into a newer console when the one I have works quite well, but I’d be incredibly frustrated to find out (after the fact) that PSVR struggles on the existing system, and another, more expensive system, was required to get the optimal performance out of it. Especially when it was touted for so long that PSVR would run on the current PS4.
#3: I Haven’t Experienced VR Yet In Reality
This is the big one for me.
I’ve been anxious to get a chance to try out PSVR for myself, yet I’ve not had the opportunity. I’d like to at least do this once before I choose to buy in to something so early in its life cycle. I’d like to experience it for the sake of doing so, but, and I know this is something specific to me, I’d like to see how it affects me, physically.
Since I was 18 I’ve suffered from chronic migraines so intense, I’m lucky to get a few days a month without them. Complicating my issue is that of the several types of migraines, I have three of those types, which makes my particular case difficult to treat. I also get visual migraines (though, far less often), which don’t hurt, per se, but are annoying none the less.
I’ve never known anything external to trigger a migraine, but I’ve also never played VR and I have no idea how this might affect me. For this reason alone, I’m choosing to pass on PSVR until I can experience it for myself to find out how I fare, physically.
So, next month, when everyone else is happily unpacking their new PSVR units, I will be all ears to hear about the experiences people are having. I won’t lie, I will be a wee bit jealous, but I know sitting this launch out is the right thing for me.
Will you be getting PSVR on launch? If so, what prompted you to be an early adopter? If you aren’t getting PSVR, what factored in to that decision? I’d love to hear how other people feel about this fledgling technology soon to land in our living rooms.