Last week, Sony announced that it will start accepting pre-orders for its upcoming PlayStation VR headset from the 22nd of this month. Now that the day has finally arrived, various online retailers around the world have started accepting pre-orders for the device which comes as a package that includes not just the PlayStation VR core bundle but also a bunch of other goodies as part of the specially-curated launch bundle that includes a whole lot of additional hardware and software. One thing to note here is that as of today, Sony is only accepting pre-orders for the launch bundle, which comes with all the add-ons and cost $499. The company says it will start accepting pre-orders for the no-frills $399 core bundle from 7:00 AM PT next Tuesday (March 29th).
Coming to a few more details regarding the difference between the $499 launch bundle which has gone on pre-order today and the $399 core bundle that is slated to go on pre-order next week, while the core PlayStation VR bundle includes the headset, the VR cables, stereo headphones and a PlayStation VR Demo Disc, the launch bundle additionally come with a PlayStation Camera, 2 PlayStation Move motion controllers and a PlayStation VR Worlds disc. All that for just a hundred bucks extra probably sounds good enough to quite a few gaming enthusiasts, especially as the two nearest competitors of the PlayStation VR, the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, both come with price-tags that are significantly higher than Sony's VR offering. While the Oculus Rift comes with a $599 price-tag, HTC is asking as much as $799 for its VR headset.
While pre-orders for the PlayStation VR launch bundle have already started in many regions around the world, Amazonâ€™s American and German websites are already out of stock as of press time. However, Amazon UK is still accepting pre-orders, so the site presumably still has some stock left. Other UK retailers like GAME apparently are also taking pre-orders, so VR enthusiasts in the country still have ways to book their unit right now. Having said that though, Sony says it will offer its customers more chances to pre-order the device before it is eventually launched this October, so those not being able to snare one in this round, thankfully need not despair.