When it comes to secrets in the video game industry, you should probably leave Europe out of the pool of people you need to tell. The price of Sony’s eagerly anticipated PlayStation VR, previously known as Project Morpheus, has been leaked by three Swiss retailers and while market analysts have correctly projected a lower pricing point than the Oculus Rift, it’s still going to cost a pretty penny.
Now that said, back when the Oculus Rift was officially priced we argued that the price point was reasonable due to the technology being so new, and the PlayStation VR is no exception to that rule. But before we go on a rant about value for money, we should probably reveal the pricing point. So drum roll please… $499, $100 less than rival headset, the Oculus Rift. Now obviously this can only be taken as pure speculation until Sony decide to make an official announcement, which is probably just around the corner given the leak will have put pressure on the global giant to officially reveal the price. Regardless, three separate Swiss retailers leaked the same information, perhaps they didn’t get the memo about going public along with the release.
So, $499, $100 more than what was predicted but also $100 less than the price of the Rift. It’s a lot of money, more than the PS4 that’s needed to run the technology in fact, but in terms of what this technology represents, it’s not much at all. Virtual Reality is the next big step in home entertainment and when you consider pricing points of previous trends such as 4K HD TV’s, Blu Ray players and gaming consoles, it’s the bargain of the decade.
However, PlayStation VR obviously needs a PS4 to work, so the price of the console also has to be considered. Though it’s likely that this product is being aimed at those who already own the required hardware, in the same way that the Oculus Rift will be aimed at those who already own a high enough spec PC to run the technology.
All speculation aside, we’d like to hear from the PS4 owners within our community who are looking forward to the release of the PlayStation VR headset, is this pricing point reasonable enough for you to purchase? Let us know below.