Today, Sony Australia released a new PS VR bundle that's actually worth the money. The PlayStation VR Mega Pack contains version 2.0 of the virtual-reality headset, the PlayStation VR Camera and five full-price games for $469.95. If you're looking for a gamer-friendly Christmas gift, this is it.
The PlayStation VR is a virtual-reality system for use with the PlayStation 4. It essentially transports you into 3D worlds that you can freely move around in. The headset goggles consist of a 5.7-inch OLED screen that provides 360 degree vision at 120 frames per second.
While the tech isn't quite as impressive as HTC Vive or Oculus Rift on a PC gaming rig, it remains one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to experience virtual reality in your lounge room. With the release of the PlayStation VR Mega Pack, that price just got a bit cheaper.
For $469.95, you get the VR headset, the 3D camera (which wasn't included with the original) and five games: the just-released ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission, WipEout Omega Collection, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, DOOM VFR and PlayStation VR Worlds.
Here's the spiel on each game from Sony:
ASTRO BOT Rescue Mission: "Experience an adventure like no other as you set out with your loveable robotic pal to rescue his friends in this critically-acclaimed game. Move your head to peer around, below and above platforms as you guide Astro Bot to both his friends and a multitude of secret areas. Use your Dualshock 4 as a multi-tool gadget to battle bad guys and titanic bosses in a platformer in which you’re as active a participant as Astro Bot."
WipEout Omega Collection: "Rockets soar slower and are less deadly than WipEout’s range of anti-gravity ships. And the iconic futuristic racer has never been this enthralling, letting you roar through chicanes above the clouds and bullseye competitors (even in online matches!) from a unique cockpit view built especially for VR. With multiple comfort settings to make even the most speed-wary player feel the thrill of being faster than the Flash, this is truly the greatest way to experience the future of racing."
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR: "You’ll swear the air tastes sweeter as you breathe in the gorgeous open world expanse that is the mystery-filled realm of Tamriel. Head-tracking on the PS VR headset lets you freely drink in the sights - or pinpoint attackers - as you wander the quest-rich landscape. Live your best fantasy life and freely decide what role you take and where you go in Bethesda’s action RPG epic."
DOOM VFR: "Bethesda’s thrilling sci-fi shooter greatest trick is in making you experience two opposing mindsets. One, fear-induced tension at being surrounding by escalating numbers of horrific demons intent on ripping you limb from limb. Two, complete badassery due to being fully, overly - unfairly - equipped and capable of dealing with it. With PS VR, Doom is more thrilling brutal than ever."
PlayStation VR Worlds: "Under one roof is housed five wholly different VR experiences. Within PlayStation VR Worlds you can enjoy a diving adventure in Into The Deep, plunge down steep roads and duck traffic in VR Luge, battle against competitors in sci-fi sport Danger Ball, aliens in Scavengers Odyssey, or take part in a crime thriller with The London Heist."
This is a surprisingly good starter pack of games with not a single dud in the bunch. If you're new to VR gaming we recommend firing up VR Worlds first. It provides a great introduction via five short gaming experiences - including a terrifying shark cage dive.
To put that price into perspective, when the PlayStation VR launched it cost $549 - and that was with zero games and no camera. The only thing missing from this pack is a pair of Move controller wands, but these are not actually required to play the included games.
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