Reaction Round-Up: Gamers (Mostly) Love PlayStation VR But Worry About Price + Pre-Orders
PlayStation VR doesn’t release for another 79 days (yes, we’re counting too), but people all over the US have been going heads-on with the kit for the past month. Best Buy stores across the country have been demoing the anticipated VR headset since its E3 2016 blowout last month, and gamers have flocked to get the chance to try it out. So, how have fans reacted?
Based on Twitter posts from those that have tried it, there are a lot of people very happy with Sony’s new device. Take a quick search and it’s not hard to find swarms of people that recently got their first VR experience and came away impressed. Even skeptics are becoming convinced.
Just tried #PlaystationVR at my local best buy. OMG its something else. A lot better than I initially thought.
— Tyson Mendoza (@tyson_mendoza) July 10, 2016
I got to try out the Playstation VR today at Best Buy and it was WAY cooler than I thought it’d be! Never thought I’d be excited for VR. ?
— Cira Corellia (@CiraCorellia) July 2, 2016
— Arthur Dodd (@bccarthur) July 9, 2016
In fact, some people are even travelling great distances to get their hands on PS VR, while others even went back for more after their first taste.
— Slacker Genius (@n16thekid) July 10, 2016
— Daniel Adams (@cloakedindeath) July 23, 2016
Out of all the games being shown at these demo kiosks, it looks like Rebellion’s Battlezone is proving to be the most popular. The tank battling videogame is something of a revival of a classic series and sits players in the cockpit of a futuristic killing machine. It’s not hard to see why people like it, then.
— Mystic Mase (@mase007) June 27, 2016
— Jake McLernon (@MDMPhotog) July 20, 2016
— LeeRoy Holmes (@jojopetv) July 24, 2016
As much as Battlezone is impressing, though, not everyone’s happy with PS VR’s $399 price tag. It’s significantly cheaper than its PC-based competitors, but still as much as a brand new console, which isn’t something everyone can spend on a whim.
@PlayStation Just got done playing the PlayStation VR at Best Buy, was very impressed with the fidelity of it, now only to afford it lol
— Cale Deitch (@PrnceOfPwng) July 22, 2016
Finally got to try out PlayStation VR at Best Buy. The Battlezone demo sealed the deal for me. Gotta plan out how I’m going to afford this.
— 異議ありゲーマー (@Microjack5) July 10, 2016
Tried the PS VR at best buy, played some tank game, pretty cool, but doesn’t have me ready to drop $400 yet.
— NDEddieMac (@NDEddieMac) June 26, 2016
Meanwhile, others seem ready to embrace the VR future, but can’t actually pre-order PS VR. Frustratingly, Sony has already sold out of what it says is its last wave of pre-orders for the US. It’s a bit of a puzzling move to start showcasing the device when it’s not available to actually pre-order, isn’t it?
@BestBuy soooo not going to offer anymore PS VR pre-orders?
— Matt Dunn (@Dunnbar4) July 4, 2016
— Jon Reckless (@jonreckless) July 10, 2016
@PlayStation I just tried out the PlayStation VR at Best Buy today. That was fantastic! Hopefully more preorders open up.
— Erin Conley (@starwars__geek) July 17, 2016
Not everyone is sold on PS VR, though. Some don’t believe it’s quite as good as rivals like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
— Josh Wanamaker (@joshwanamaker) July 10, 2016
Tried PSVR @ Best Buy, it looks a lot worse than Oculus but still a cool experience.
— Abhinav Kumar (@Onekumar) July 11, 2016
There are also some that are just straight up uninterested in the kit in its current form. Some people don’t think it’s up to snuff yet, be it because of visual fidelity or form factor.
Tried the @PlayStation VR set at bestbuy today. Still feels blurry like most VR, don’t know if it’s my eyes, the set, or my expectations.
— Duskborne (@Duskborne) July 2, 2016
There was a PlayStation VR demo at Best Buy and that thing is big as hell. Some version one sword art online shit.
— Team Mystic Grunt DJ (@OhHeyDJ) July 9, 2016
Overall, though, it seems to me that a lot of people are excited about PS VR, which is great news. The kit launches on October 13th 2016 and we’re looking forward to seeing how the launch line-up takes shape. One thing’s for sure: it’s going to be a busy Christmas for VR fans.