If you read our review of PlayStation VR (PSVR) first-person shooter (FPS) Farpoint last month, you’ll know that the rifle-shaped Aim Controller provides easily the best way to play. In fact, we called the standard DualShock 4 controls “terrible” in our review, but it looks like a lot of people have been using them.
Sony just issued its monthly PlayStation Store charts, showing us what sold best on the digital store over May. In the PSVR section of the US charts Farpoint takes the prize, beating out new games like Star Trek: Bridge Crew, Dick Widle, and the usual mainstays like Job Simulator and Batman: Arkham VR. Over in the EU it ranks fourth in the PSVR charts too. The charts don’t reveal exactly how many copies of the featured games have been sold, but it’s safe to assume a fair amount of people bought Farpoint. The problem is that, right now, you can’t buy the Aim Controller as a standalone product; it only comes as a $75 package with a physical copy of Farpoint.
It’s likely some people have double dipped on purchases, then, but it’s also likely many people are playing with the DualShock 4. To do that you use the controller’s position-tracked light to aim it just like you would a real gun. Its implementation leaves a lot to be desired, especially when other shooters like Resident Evil 7 and RIGS play so well with a gamepad. It’s easy to lose tracking with the DualShock 4’s light, and it never feels like you’re really holding a gun.
Of course, this wouldn’t be an issue if Sony were to offer the controller as a cheaper standalone package. We’ve reached out to the company to find out if there are any plans to sell the device on its own, but haven’t heard back yet. With games like Arizona Sunshine and ROM: Extraction soon coming to PSVR with full support for Aim, we certainly hope plans are in place.