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
- 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.
- The PSVR: This refers to the headset itself, along with all the cords and connections you need to hook it up to a PS4.
- The PlayStation Camera: The motion sensing camera component to capture your movement.
- 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
- 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.
With both the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift needing some powerful computers to run, the PlayStation VR remains the more affordable option.