I readily make it known in just about every post dealing with VR headsets, VR games, and VR apps that I’m not much of a fan of VR; I’ll get into the reasons later. However, if you are a fan of VR and you somehow managed to not purchase a copy of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim since its release back in 2011, there’s a Skyrim VR bundle set to arrive on November 17th featuring the PlayStation VR headset and accompanying hardware.
Over on the PlayStation blog they revealed that you can get the PlayStation VR headset, the PlayStation Camera, two PlayStation Move controllers, a PlayStation VR demo disc with 13 VR titles on them, and a copy of Bethesda’s Skyrim VR all for $449.99.
I honestly must say that that’s a halfway decent deal.
It’s a lot cheaper than the original $599 PSVR bundle that was out earlier in the year, and you get quite a bit of content and hardware for the price. In a way, if you already have a PS4 and you had a choice between a PS4 Pro and PSVR bundle, you’re definitely getting a lot more with the VR bundle than you would with a PS4 Pro, and I’m saying this as someone who doesn’t like VR very much.
Skyrim VR will also come with customization features for the gameplay experience. You can choose how you move within the game world, choosing between full locomotion or teleportation for the movement.
The bundle also features the redesigned headset with a smaller cable and the output for stereo headphones integrated directly into the headset instead of on the cable. There’s also new HDR pass-through on the processing unit so you don’t have to fumble around with the cables to achieve that feature from your PS4 to your TV.
Again, as far as price ratio to features are concerned, $449 is not a bad deal when you compare it to the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive, even though the other two headsets are way better when it comes to functionality, resolution, options and performance.
Now, my biggest issue with VR is that it’s just poorly supported. The software just isn’t there. A lot of the games are literally overpriced tech demos, the locomotion support on a lot of the PSVR titles is either non-existent or requires a DualShock 4 or the PlayStation Aim, making the PlayStation Move controllers seem redundant and/or useless. And the resolution issues limits the amount of play-time you get in with any of the games since the blurriness of it all creates a real strain on your eyes.
While the Skyrim VR bundle may be a right proper deal for people with disposal income and $450 to blow just for the sake of it, I still think VR is a long ways away from being a worthwhile consumer endeavor. When better games, more streamlined hardware, and proper room scale support come along, then and only then will it be worth the price of entry.