I’ve had PSVR for six weeks and, yep, it’s gathering dust
Remember all those warnings that PSVR would be another Move, another Wonderbook, another – dare I say it? – PS Vita? We’ll, we’re now six weeks into the PSVR’s reign and I’m getting ever more concerned.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s impressive tech and I’m still amazed that after 30+ years of buying games I can finally go Lawnmower Man in my own home (one for the kids to look up there). In fact, myself and the rest of the Quit or Continue team had plenty of positives to say in our PSVR review podcast (listen below). But it’s not the PSVR itself that’s the problem, but rather its support (or lack of).
PSVR hardware review podcast – QorC Ep. 70
We tackled the vast majority of the launch games in our PSVR games review roundup, so I’ll avoid jumping back into that conversation here. Other than to say that it was clearly a mixed bag with no ‘must buys’, but a few standouts including Eve Valkyrie, Battlezone and Rez. You can add Batman and Thumper to that list (I hadn’t picked them up at the time we recorded the launch reviews).
The problem is the subsequent wave of PSVR games. I’m not going to give them too much of a kicking for failing to add that elusive ‘must have’ into the PSVR’s stable of games. I understand I’m a VR early adopter and devs are still ironing out what works. What worries me more is the games’ pricing. £55(!) for Robinson: The Journey, £35 for Eagle Flight, £24 for the abysmal looking (judging by its trailer) Time Machine VR? I mean, come on. Even Tethered – a game I really want to check out – seems a tad steep at £25.
This puts me in a strange position. I’ve got £350 worth of excellent hardware that I don’t want to buy games for, because I don’t believe they represent good value for money. Especially when you compare a PSVR game to something like Dishonored 2 (which more than justifies its £40 tag).
The future doesn’t look much better either. Star Trek: Bridge Crew for a mere £50 anyone? Do me a Janeway…
I’m no marketing man but even I can see that, if PSVR is to thrive, these games need to be half that price. It’s wishful thinking to believe that Sony will talk to publishers and come up with some kind of subsidised cost deal to lower prices, but something has to happen.
I can’t be the only one eyeballing Robinson and thinking: You know what, it might have got so-so reviews and will potentially make me sick, but I’d have given it a punt for £15. More concerning is that until PSVR’s big titles start selling and generating hype there’s going to be an ever increasing number of headsets gathering dust alongside my own.
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