The true cost of PlayStation VR

Although October seems far away, the launch of PlayStation VR (PSVR) is getting closer with each passing day, and even though we are all excited, it's good to take a step back and analyze the full cost of all the needed equipment.

If you managed to be one of the lucky people to get in on the PSVR pre-order launch bundles, you are pretty much set; however, if you're part of the many that didn't get the chance to jump on pre-orders, you're stuck buying everything separately.

What you need to play PSVR

The PSVR launch bundle that was sold as a pre-order.

  1. A PlayStation 4: You may think you need to wait for the PlayStation Neo to be released; however, we our opinion is that waiting for the PS Neo is unnecessary, perhaps even foolish.
  2. The PSVR: This refers to the headset itself, along with all the cords and connections you need to hook it up to a PS4.
  3. The PlayStation Camera: The motion sensing camera component to capture your movement.
  4. PlayStation Move controllers: You will need two of these (one for each hand) to track your movements.

Cost of a PS4

A lot of you who are considering buying a PSVR probably already have a PS4, but for those who don't it's important to factor in the actual system cost.

PS4 is sold in bundles with a game or two, or just by itself, depending on your region. We will outline the prices of the cheapest non-sale option (because sales are not eternal) we can find for the U.S., Canada, and the UK.

  • U.S.: $349.99: This includes the 500GB PS4, a DUALSHOCK 4 controller, and a game. In the U.S. it's pretty hard to find a PS4 console by itself; they almost all come in game bundles. And even if you do find a PS4 on its own, they retail for around the same price as a bundle anyway.

  • Canada: $429.99: This includes the 500GB PS4 and a DUALSHOCK 4 controller.

  • U.K.: £299.99: This includes the 500GB PS4 and a DUALSHOCK 4 controller.

Cost of the PSVR headset.

  • U.S.: $399
  • Canada: $549
  • U.K.: £349

PlayStation Camera

  • U.S.: $59.99
  • Canada: $93.88
  • U.K.: £42.53

PlayStation Move controllers

If you already have Move controllers from your PS3, you won't have to buy new ones; they work just fine on PS4. Remember: You will need two of these controllers and they are sold separately.

  • U.S.: $26.93
  • Canada: $49.99
  • U.K.: £30.00

Total cost if you already own a PS4

Since a good number of people already have a PS4 sitting in their homes, we took the liberty of adding up all the other pieces you need to enjoy PlayStation's VR experience in October.

  • U.S.: $512.85
  • Canada: $742.86
  • U.K.: £451.53

Of course, all sales taxes would still apply.

Total cost of if you don't own a PS4

If PSVR is making you into a PS4 convert, here is the price of the whole sha-bang!

  • U.S.: $862.84
  • Canada: $1172.85
  • U.K.: £751.52

No sales taxes are included in these prices.

Final Verdict

With both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift needing some powerful computers to run, the PlayStation VR remains the more affordable option.