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PlayStation VR Demos Coming To Retailers Nationwide Starting On June 17

Although Sony didn’t have any new consoles to announce at E3 2016, there was one piece of hardware that stole the spotlight during the company’s press conference: the PlayStation VR. Launching this fall, the PlayStation VR will be the first consumer VR headset that doesn’t require a beastly PC, and later this week, you’ll be able to try the headset for yourself at selected retailers.


As announced on the PlayStation Blog, the headset will be usable at more than 30 GameStop and Best Buy stores in the US tomorrow, June 17. By June 24, it'll be at 300 locations nationwide. Here’s the cities where you’ll be able to test PlayStation VR this weekend in the US:

  • Baltimore MD
  • Boston MA
  • Chicago IL
  • Cincinnati OH
  • Cleveland OH
  • Columbia SC
  • Columbus OH
  • Dallas TX
  • Denver CO
  • Detroit MI
  • Fayetteville AR
  • Ft. Lauderdale FL
  • Grand Rapids MI
  • Hartford CT
  • Houston TX
  • Los Angeles CA
  • Milwaukee WI
  • Minneapolis MN
  • New York NY
  • San Francisco CA
  • Tampa FL
  • Toledo OH
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Palm Beach FL

“The excitement around PS VR has been enormous and once you try it, you’ll understand why,” PlayStation’s John Koller says. “As all of you would expect, it’s our goal at PlayStation to deliver the best and richest VR gaming experiences, and we can’t wait for you to put that headset on and be transported into these worlds.”

When the demo units arrive, the following games will be playable at participating retailers: PlayStation VR Worlds, EVE: Valkyrie, Headmaster, Battlezone and SUPERHYPERCUBE. More demos will be added in the months leading up to launch as well, but Sony didn’t share any specifics.

If you want to find a PlayStation VR demo near you, just head to the official PlayStation VR trial site and enter your zip code. Additionally, gamers will be able to experience PS VR during the Road to Greatness tour, which still has several stops around the United States before it comes to an end in mid-July.

PlayStation VR launches for $399 (or $499 for the bundle) on October 13. I wish that there is also a PS VR demo here in our country, so that I could also try the VR headset. Oh well, I'll just settle in reading the feedbacks and comments from those people who will try the PS VR demo this weekend in the US. So will you be checking out a PlayStation VR demo this coming weekend?


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6/17/2016 12:24:18 AM Drew Constantino

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Breadlover
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 4:13:12 AM
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I would... if this also happens in my country :(

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 11:38:07 AM
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Still can't shake the feeling PSVR will become another abandoned product by Sony, joining Move and PS Vita with enough time.
Of course headlines will start out with "sold out everywhere"
And "can't keep up with demand with unprecedented success"
The same headlines we read for products like the Wii U, PS Move, and Vita.


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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 11:51:49 AM

I also think the lack of killer VR apps on display at e3 tells us this thing can't compete with its competition. That competition being the regular games we already buy and play on hardware we already own.
Asking the PS4 base to drop over $500 on extra hardware and flimsy games is a very hard sell.

Word has it that many e3 attendees are citing REVII VR as a major source of nausea and headaches.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 12:17:22 PM

I hope you're wrong, and I hope the VR options for basic games come in like Skyrim PS4 to supplement while the killer apps are worked on.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 12:38:48 PM

Sony should've just let this niche stuff grow on PC and become successful there first. Let the killer apps come about there over the time it needs.

If it became a hot thing on that side, then look to ushering it in console side, bringing it to the mainstream masses, complete with all the leadership and support a parent provider offers. Because at this point it's lasting value will have already proven its worth to one audience.





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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 2:08:34 PM

I think they will do that too, rather than letting it prove itself. If/When Outlast 2 has Oculus support they will just roll in PSVR support for it on PS4. It'll work.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 3:28:50 PM

A problem I see is that PSVR is making its splash here and now, while its still an experiment, rife with content that hasn't proven worthwhile. This may shape console gamer interests in believing, prematurely, that VR is a gimmicky expense that lacks substantive play.

Had they waited, let the content flesh itself out in a more homogenous PC space the stuff that actually was worthwhile would be noticed then marketed by a console provider. Console consumers may have associated this quality experience with VR and spread word that it was great.

Seriously, many of the most popular movements in gaming first gained ground in the PC space. Whether it was FPS genres or online play or managing online services like Steam, these things proved their worth then went to the console masses. The success translated well.



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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 12:14:47 PM
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A: I don't like going downtown
B: I want a it fresh and fun at home like opening up a new console in the old days.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 2:09:14 PM
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Amazon told me the release date was pushed up. My bundle is coming 2 weeks earlier than previously announced for.

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Temjin001
Friday, June 17, 2016 @ 4:17:22 PM

Place it up on eBay right away and make yourself a couple hundred bucks!

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Solid Fantasy
Saturday, June 18, 2016 @ 8:30:12 PM
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Naturally there is no love for Maine. I'm not sure I would want to stand in line to put on a headset used by strangers all day, but I am very curious about how it looks. I hope the VR is well received. It feels like an better approach to new tech than a 4k TV. A little cheaper and more than just higher res. I think the control changed could be a limiting factor. Sure can't wait to find out.

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The CEO
Monday, June 20, 2016 @ 1:56:56 AM
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Yeah no thanks. Google eye herpes images.

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