A retailer is charging consumers to try out PlayStation VR in store

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“The immersion I felt really is indescribable. I could sit here and type until I’m blue in the face, and still, I don’t think it’d be possible for me to convey how VR feels. Nobody can truly comprehend the experience it provides until they try it for themselves.”

That’s what I wrote about PlayStation VR following my brief time with it at E3 earlier this year. Seriously, and I can’t stress this enough, in order to fully understand the technology and its potential, you simply must try it out for yourself.

That’s one of the reasons why I was so happy with this year’s rAge. Apart from it being generally better than ever before (at least in my opinion), the expo gave hundreds (maybe thousands) of gamers/enthusiasts the opportunity to go face on with Sony’s headset. The result? Well, let’s just say that a lot more people are excited to get their hands on the hardware now. See? We weren’t completely mad to sing praises from the rooftops!

Unfortunately though, rAge only ran for a one weekend, so it could only offer X amount of people hands on time. If you missed out on taking PlayStation VR out for a spin, you’re going to have to wait for it to make its way to our shores I’m afraid.

And when it does, I truly hope retailers are going to offer customers the opportunity to try it out for free, unlike this chain in the UK, who are actually slapping on a cost for the service (via Eurogamer):

Am I the only one to think that is outright ridiculous? Paying that much money (or any at all) for a short demo? Obviously not – Twitter for example, is rampant with disgruntled people.

I don’t think any retailer should be charging for this sort of thing. In fact, imagine going to test drive a car for example, and being told that you have to pay for either distance travelled, or time spent with the vehicle.

If it’s any consolation, GAME will at least waive the fee  for those who decide to purchase their own unit following the demonstration. Now that there is amazing consideration and value for money (not really).

I hope our local retailers don’t get any bright ideas ideas. Can we please just let people try out PlayStation VR for free? It’s already expensive enough as is, and I think in order for it to truly take off, consumers are definitely going to need to understand what it’s all about first – you know, with hands on (or face on) time.

Last Updated: October 24, 2016

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

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