Since virtual reality is a one-person experience that requires specialized hardware, it’s hard to get a feel for what the experience is like without trying it out in person. Sony knows this, and the company would definitely like to give customers the chance to do so with its new PlayStation VR system. To that end, they’ve placed 300 PlayStation VR demo units in retailers all over the United States.
Best Buy and GameStop are Sony’s initial retail partners for the preview program. Since both retailers have stores in every major metropolitan area in the country, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find one within driving distance. That said, not every GameStop and Best Buy will be equipped with the demo units. Hours are also limited, and because of the personal nature of the hardware, demonstrations will only be available when Sony staff members are on site at specific times and dates, which are often only a sliver of the store’s operating hours. Finding a time and location near you might be harder than it looks.
For help finding your closest PSVR demo station, check out the map provided by Sony. Be sure to note the days and times that the demonstration kiosks will be open. Games on display will include PlayStation VR Worlds, EVE: Valkyrie, Headmaster, Battlezone, and SuperHyperCube. Other titles may be added as the program continues. An extended rollout to retailers in Canada is expected sometime soon, though specifics were not available.
The recently launched PSVR retails for $400, that does not include some required accessories, including the PlayStation Camera, and the PlayStation 4 itself (a separate purchase starting at $299). Most PS4 owners will want to keep an eye out for the $500 PSVR bundle — which includes PlayStation VR Worlds, two Move controllers, and the required PlayStation Camera. It’s also worth noting that Sony will launch a powerful version of the PlayStation 4 console, the PS4 Pro, November 10. The $399 console, which is available for pre-order, may improve the visual fidelity of some PlayStation VR games.
A slew of PSVR games are also being released this week, including Batman: Arkham VR, EVE: Valkyrie, and PlayStation VR Worlds, among others. Check out the full list of releases here.