Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) recently announced that a new wave of pre-orders for the forthcoming PlayStation 4 virtual reality (VR) platform, PlayStation VR, would be made available from today. However, the timeline appears to have been misinterpreted, with retailers offering their pre-orders ahead of the suggested schedule. Many readers of VRFocus have been wondering exactly where to make their purchase, so of course the team here has dug in to find the best solution for early adopters to get their VR fix on PlayStation 4.
The PlayStation VR head-mounted display (HMD) is set to launch on 13th October 2016, priced at $399 USD. In North America, a ‘launch bundle’ is set to be available, including the essential PlayStation Camera as well as two PlayStation Move controllers and the software package PlayStation VR Worlds. This bundle has not yet been confirmed for Europe, and given the rapid approach of the PlayStation VR’s launch it’s not likely that the bundle will be made available from day one.
Amazon are currently offering their North American customers the opportunity to pre-order the PlayStation VR as a standalone product or as part of the PlayStation VR launch bundle, however supplies are undoubtedly limited.
Gamestop are suggested to be a key retail partner for SIE, with John Koller, VP of SCEA, having stated: “As promised, we’re opening our summer wave of PS VR pre-orders starting Thursday, June 30 at 7:00 AM Pacific on GameStop.com. Supplies are limited, and this is your final chance to pre-order.”
However, it appears as though there has been some miscommunication and GameStop.com is already offering pre-orders from their final wave of supply. It is not currently known how many units are available nor how long supplies will last.
In the UK, Amazon are stating that pre-orders for the PlayStation VR HMD are still currently available, with the pre-order customers still able to receive their device on launch day, 13th October 2016.
For those not lucky enough to secure a pre-order before supplies are exhausted, Koller has stated that physical retailers in the US will also receive stock: “If you miss out, we will have product available in retail stores nationwide at launch.”
PlayStation VR is coming to the consumer market with a whole host of launch titles, though early adopters need be aware that there are significant additional purchases required to make use of the device at launch. You can find out more in VRFocus’ Guide to PlayStation VR Launch.