Major Retailers Offer PlayStation VR Discount

By Michael Augustin , Updated May 07, 2017 07:38 AM EDT
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Gamers hoping to try out the Virtual Reality (VR) bandwagon should take advantage of the latest deal from Sony.
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Gamers hoping to try out the Virtual Reality (VR) bandwagon should take advantage of the latest deal from Sony. The Sony PlayStation VR is reportedly discounted over at some major retailers. The Play Station VR discount follows the recent price drop for the Oculus Rift. According to reports, gamers can grab the VR headset from Amazon or Gamestop for the discounted price of $400 and it comes with a free PlayStation Eye which is usually sold separately.

The PlayStation VR discount basically offers consumers $60 in savings for the free PlayStation Eye. It has yet to be confirmed if the promotion is officially from Sony or just a retailer-initiated. Game Rant notes that the price cut might indicate that the product is not doing well, but it seems that Sony's VR platform is doing just fine. The company has revealed that they have sold over one million units of the Virtual Reality headset since its launch.

Market analysts speculate that the large PS4 user base also contributes to the PlayStation VR's steady sales. As of now, there are over 50 million PS4 consoles around the globe and the VR's sales have already overtaken the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift's. So it is obviously not struggling as suspected by other gamers. A discount can also help attract potential buyers who were previously apprehensive about getting one. Others might still be waiting to see if the software support continues to be strong in the next couple of months.

It is obvious that without the support of good games, it would be difficult for VR headsets like the PlayStation VR to remain viable in the gaming market. "Resident Evil 7" is one example of a game that implemented the great use of the VR headset. Rumors have also circulated that "Star Wars Battlefront 2" might have VR support when it launches. A discount would help, but the gaming community as a whole has not yet fully embraced the jump to virtual reality gaming so its success still remains to be seen.

According to Gamenguide, Oculus has announced that it will not attend E3 2017. It is the first time the company will not attend the video game show since their first participation back in 2014. Sony could have something in store for gamers interested in the PlayStation VR during their E3 press conference. The company might also announce a new discount or deal with their VR headset to attract more consumers.

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