Sony will demo PlayStation VR at Westfield
Fence-sitters on the emerging world of VR gaming will be able to book an appointment with Sony’s PlayStation VR at a Westfield near them very soon.
Sony’s particular take on Virtual Reality, the PlayStation VR isn’t quite as pricey as the PC-centric HTC Vive or Oculus Rift VR solutions. Still, at $549.95 outright, not including the cost of a PS4 console to run it on, it’s not exactly an impulse buy. Sony's so far announced around 90 titles for the PlayStation VR, although not all those titles will be available at launch, such as PlayStation stalwart Gran Turismo, which will make its PlayStation VR debut in November.
The PlayStation VR will go on sale in Australia on 13 October 2016, but before then Sony’s planning to allow customers to try out PlayStation VR at selected Westfield shopping centres across the eastern side of the nation. Sorry Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and the Northern Territory; gamers there will have to make their way east or northwards to take part.
Specifically, PlayStation VR will be on show at these Westfield Centres on the following dates:
- Westfield Southland (VIC) – 10th, 11th September 2016
- Westfield Knox (VIC) – 17th, 18th September 2016
- Westfield Belconnen (ACT) – 24th, 25th September 2016
- Westfield Parramatta (NSW) – 8th, 9th October 2016
- Westfield Bondi (NSW) – 15th, 16th October 2016
- Westfield Chatswood (NSW) – 22nd, 23rd & 29th, 30th October 2016
- Westfield Hornsby (NSW) – 12th, 13th November 2016
- Westfield Garden City (QLD) – 19th, 20th & 26th, 27th November 2016
Given those dates cover times after the PlayStation VR’s launch, it’s conceivable that independent games stores may demo the unit post launch as well.
You won’t quite be able to simply rock up and slip on PlayStation VR at the named Westfield centres, however. If you’re interested, Sony wants you to register at www.trypsvr.com to show interest; those who do so will then be informed when bookings are available.
It’s a sensible enough step, as VR experiences take some time to set up, and it should ensure that unlike standalone booths, you’re not stuck waiting for someone to be finished with an unsupervised play session. Sony will also run a competition in concert with Westfield to win a PlayStation VR unit at those centres.