What's included in the PlayStation VR bundles?
The PlayStation VR won't be out until October, 2016, but you can pre-order Sony's virtual reality accessories for the PlayStation 4 right now.
As of this writing, it comes in two bundles: the Basic PlayStation VR bundle and the PlayStation Launch VR bundle. Here's what you get in each one.
Basic PlayStation VR bundle
The basic bundle is just that: the basics. And by basics, they do not mean everything you need to dive into Sony's virtual reality out of the box.
However, if you already have some of the required components on hand, such as the PlayStation Camera and Move controllers, you can save about $100 by choosing this bundle. It costs $399. Here's what you'll get:
PlayStation VR headset
Ready to look like something out of TRON? The PlayStation VR headset looks super futuristic — except the future is now?
Anyway, the PlayStation VR headset features a 5.7 inch OLED display with an amazing total resolution of 1920x1080 (960x1080 per eye).
With its 360-degree tracking and nine LED's, you're sure to feel completely immersed in a virtual world with this thing perched on your head.
Sony VR developers are keen to note that the processing unit of PlayStation VR does not in any way enhance the power of the PlayStation 4 itself. Instead, it provides the necessary 3D audio support for virtual reality and enables output from the headset to appear undistorted on a television screen so others in the room can share in the VR experience.
The other stuff
You also get a pair of headphones, an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and of course, a power cord. Ain't that sweet of 'em?
PlayStation Launch VR bundle
Unlike the basic bundle, the Launch bundle does have everything you need to get started with virtual reality. At $499, it's a pretty good deal considering how much each component would cost if you bought them separately.
Choose this one if you don't already have the PlayStation Camera and two Move controllers.
The PlayStation Camera is actually available right now, and you might even already have one as part of your PlayStation 4 setup.
The PlayStation Camera can do some pretty cool things: it can track your head movements and your gestures, so that you can control your PlayStation 4 hands-free, and it also has face recognition and allows for voice control. How cool is that?
As far as virtual reality, the camera's dual wide-angle lenses track the LEDs on the PlayStation VR headset, Dualshock 4 wireless controllers, or PlayStation Move controllers in virtual space, providing you with a seamless environment in which to interact.
PlayStation Move controllers (2)
The PlayStation Move controllers have been available for the PlayStation 3 since 2010, but have likely sat largely unused due to lackluster support from developers. Like the PlayStation Camera, you may already own a pair, but if you don't you'll want to pick one up because some games may require them for the best VR experience.
The Move controllers are basically wands with round orbs at the top that light up. They contain inertial sensors that relay information about their movement to the PlayStation Camera.
PlayStation VR Worlds game
PlayStation VR Worlds was developed by Sony's London Studio and loads five VR experiences onto one disc, meant to shine a light on PSVR's potential.
From The Heist, which throws you onto the gritty streets of London as a gangster on the lam, to the (sometimes) peaceful and (occasionally) quiet waters of The Deep, you'll easily lose yourself in the virtual world. But be careful, you may not want to come back out.
The bottom line
Depending on what PS4 accessories you already own, you may only need the cheaper, Basic bundle. If you don't have the camera or the Move controllers, you're best off going with the Launch bundle, so you're good to go right out of the box.
We want to know: are you preordering a PlayStation VR? If so, which bundle are you getting? Let us know in the comments below!