The “core” bundle is going to remain at its $399 price point. However, the bundle previously only included the VR Headset; the PlayStation Camera (which retails at $59) is required for the headset to function. Future core bundles will now include the necessary camera in the box, effectively reducing the cost from $458 to $399. Amazon and Best Buy had previously run promotions which accomplished the same goal by bundling the PlayStation Camera with the headset for free, a cost that consumers previously had to bear on their own.
A more expensive bundle which includes two PlayStation Move Controllers, the PlayStation Camera, and a minigame collection called PlayStation Worlds is having its price dropped from $499 to $449. PlayStation Move currently retails for $99 as a standalone product. The new packaging schemes and prices for these bundles will take effect on September 1, 2017.
The Oculus Rift and HTC Vive recently had price drops of their own to $499 and $599 respectively, and other solutions such as OSVR remain an option for the more open-source minded consumer; The OSVR HDK2 headset retails for $399 and is currently on sale until September 4th at $239.99.
VR still remains an expensive proposition for the casual gamer, but I think the price drops from all the big players (and some of the smaller ones) are going to make it a more appealing prospect for consumers. The more common complaint I’ve seen lately is a concern about the size of the gaming catalog for these devices as opposed to the price, and I think that that issue will be rectified as time goes on. VR had a lot of detractors (and still does), but I think we’re getting to the point where we can comfortably say that it’s probably here to stay.
What do you think of Sony permanently dropping the price of the PlayStation VR? What price point would you be satisfied with for a virtual reality peripheral? If you were to buy a VR headset today, which one would you choose? Let us know in the comments below!