Nothing beats a midnight hardware launch. The air of anticipation is palpable among the rows and rows of dedicated fans ready to be the first to get their hands on a new experience.
If you’ve got a PlayStation VR on pre-order on Best Buy, you’ll be able to take part in the first midnight launch for a VR system. Sony’s long anticipated headset is releasing on October 13th and 350 Best Buy stores across the US will be opening at midnight so that you can get yourself into VR as soon as possible. Want to check that your local store is opening? Best Buy has set up an events page so that you can avoid disappointment.
Sadly if you haven’t already pre-ordered our unit then you’re out of luck; all launch units have sold out in the US and, if the UK’s Amazon listing is anything to go by, it won’t be available for some time yet.
Given both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive were only available online at launch, neither headset enjoyed a midnight release.
The core PlayStation VR unit costs $399, and comes with the necessary cables to get you started, though doesn’t include the PlayStation Camera needed to actually track the headset. You can pick up one of those cameras now, but it’s also included in a $499 bundle along with two Move motion controllers that are compatible with a range of games and a copy of PlayStation VR Worlds from Sony’s London Studio. Both packages will also contain demo discs that will give you a taste of some of the experiences coming to the headset.
Around 30 titles are going to be available at launch including the likes of EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games and Battlezone from Rebellion. Over 50 will have launched by the end of the year, with 2017 carrying through with anticipated releases like Resident Evil VII and Gran Turismo Sport. If you’re having trouble choosing what to get you might want to take a look at our 50 Days Of PS VR countdown in which we’ve been highlighting one games a day for the headset in the build up to launch.
Not long to go now; PlayStation VR arrives in just under two weeks’ time.