PlayStation VR Catch-All

Stele wrote:

A bit more than I'd hoped. But I'm curious

I was hoping they would hit $499, but I'm not surprised by the price. It's still very cheap compared compared to similarly powered hardware on the PC side.

I am underwhelmed by the 11 new games announced for launch, so I'm hoping that there are at least a few more reveals in store for that, or at least some other good stuff within the launch window.

I am definitely going to attempt to at least pre-order on the 15th for now. I'm sure they're going to be tough to get for a while.

I'm also surprised by the lack of a Half Life: Alyx announcement. I thought that would come hand-in-hand with the release date and price reveals.

Dyni wrote:
Stele wrote:

A bit more than I'd hoped. But I'm curious

I am underwhelmed by the 11 new games announced for launch, so I'm hoping that there are at least a few more reveals in store for that, or at least some other good stuff within the launch window.

As was I - many of the games looked pretty janky, with pretty clumsy animations and terrible writing, and most of them looked like they could run perfectly well on the current PSVR. On the other hand, the shooters mostly looked competent; on the other other hand, I don't like shooters.

However, the June State Of Play had previously revealed a number of AAA PSVR2 games -

  • Resident Evil 4 Remake will have "PSVR2 Supported Content"
  • RE8 will get a full PSVR2 version (and I believe it's free for anyone who already has RE8)
  • The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners Chapter 2 - Retribution
  • No Man's Sky will of course get a full PSVR2 update
  • Horizon: Call of the Mountain (also of course)

All of those have me quite interested, and while I'm not a betting man, I'd be pretty tempted to lay down money that there will be an announcement of both Half Life: Alyx and an Astro-Bots game within a month of launch when they really roll out the hype.

Last week, I actually cleared space under my TV for a PSVR2 set-up. (Thank you for your years of service, Yamaha surround sound system.) But I'm wondering now whether I'll buy one.

I agree with you, Evan E, that the slate of launch titles look distinctly uninspiring. Five fairly generic shooters, plus one stabber/slasher (is that a genre?). And a handful of curios, including a borderline distasteful child kidnap 'thriller'. The only one that stood out to me as a potentially fun and uniquely-VR experience was 'Tentacular'... and I'm not prepared to shell out 600 notes for that!

I have to disagree though that some of the games looked "janky", Evan E. 'Cities VR' and 'After the Fall' looked sh*t! And there wasn't any actual gameplay video at all from two games!

The fact that PSVR2 won't be backwards compatible (putting out of reach games like Moss) means that I'm now leaning towards not buying PSVR2 at all.

I received an invite to pre-order the PSVR 2 from Sony. I went ahead and pulled the trigger on the base setup (so no Call of the Mountain included) as well as the charging station. Man, that price....but I'd rather it be quality than not.

I am tempted. Really tempted but that cost is just too high.

Garth wrote:

I received an invite to pre-order the PSVR 2 from Sony.

I was hoping to find one, but I got nada. These sign up events from Sony never pop for me. It's quite annoying.

Dyni wrote:
Garth wrote:

I received an invite to pre-order the PSVR 2 from Sony.

I was hoping to find one, but I got nada. These sign up events from Sony never pop for me. It's quite annoying.

They don't usually for me either. This was the exception--for whatever reason.

Dyni wrote:
Garth wrote:

I received an invite to pre-order the PSVR 2 from Sony.

I was hoping to find one, but I got nada. These sign up events from Sony never pop for me. It's quite annoying.

I received a preorder invitation email today, but I’m just getting settled after a U.S.-to-UK move for work and also have to fund a flight back home for the holidays. Dyni, I don’t know if it will work or not, but if you PM me your email address, I will forward my invitation to you.

vypre wrote:
Dyni wrote:
Garth wrote:

I received an invite to pre-order the PSVR 2 from Sony.

I was hoping to find one, but I got nada. These sign up events from Sony never pop for me. It's quite annoying.

I received a preorder invitation email today, but I’m just getting settled after a U.S.-to-UK move for work and also have to fund a flight back home for the holidays. Dyni, I don’t know if it will work or not, but if you PM me your email address, I will forward my invitation to you.

I appreciate the offer, Vypre. I suspect it won't be that simple, but I'm happy to try if you're sure you wouldn't like the invite yourself. I'll PM you.

As far as I know, the link in the invite is customized to the PSN account used to request the invite, so they can't be shared.

But, you know...if someone got an invite and isn't going to order one, I'm totally okay with you ordering one and shipping it to me. I signed up for the invite the first day you could, and have been re-signing up with increasing frequency in the last week, but got bupkus. Apparently I squandered all my Sony luck when I got a PS5 on launch day.

Sony, I want to give you my money!

Evan E wrote:

Sony, I want to give you my money!

It'll be at retailers as well. It's an open question whether they'll be able to match demand for them on day 1.

Yeah that's the way they did the direct things for PS5 systems, tied to PSN name.

Looks like I got one, and it says you have until Nov 18 morning to order. Don't think my wife is going to go for that much money though.

Evan E wrote:

As far as I know, the link in the invite is customized to the PSN account used to request the invite, so they can't be shared.

This is what I was expecting, but it seems to have worked for me.

My bank contacted me this morning about it being potential fraud. Once I had them clear that charge, they had me try the preorder again, and I received the order confirmation right away. So if anyone else here gets an invite they don't plan to use, it's worth the attempt to share.

Glad it worked for you, Dyni!

Dyni wrote:
Evan E wrote:

As far as I know, the link in the invite is customized to the PSN account used to request the invite, so they can't be shared.

This is what I was expecting, but it seems to have worked for me.

Wow, that's good to know! Thanks!

Apparently Sony knows and doesnt mind that I passed my pre-order invitation to someone else as I have received another. First interested party to respond to the thread gets it. Sorry - no Coffee Grinders; I want to make sure it is passed to a legit Goojer and not some bot and/or scalper.

Edit: I just noticed a note at the bottom of the email that says the offer is exclusive to me, but I have checked the invitation I forwarded to Dyni and confirmed it did too. So, be aware that it may or may not work this time around.

You don't need an invite anymore - I placed an order just today, and I've never received an invitation (although I've filled out the form requesting one multiple times). You do need to log in on the PS Direct site - prior to logging in, the PSVR2-only and the PSVR2/Horizon bundle will be listed as Out Of Stock. Once you log in, that notice will change to an Add To Cart button.

This month's Edge magazine contains an article on PSVR 2. It's balanced and well-sourced.

My takeaway is that there is neither enough compelling content at launch, nor enough support from major developers post-launch to justify the £500+ price tag. And Horizon: Call of the Mountain is still the only announced game from a Sony-owned developer.

At best, PSVR2 is looking like a Year Two purchase for me. But I'm also considering giving it the PS Vita treatment, and waiting to pick one up after Sony announces that it is discontinuing it and the price drops substantially.

Interestingly, among other things, the article notes that Half Life Alyx remains the best VR game on the market.