The Perfect Price – Sony VR Headset

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Now that the dust has settled and the news from GDC has finally spread to the farthest reaches of the world wide web, it seems like a perfect time to discuss the probable price for the Sony VR Headset known as Project Morpheus. Here at PS Nation we conducted a poll to see what price point you would be happy with when buying just the Sony VR Headset. We now have ‘the perfect price.’

Before I get to the results it is important to go over a few points. This new technology isn’t cheap, it has a 5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1920xRGBx1080 (960xRGBx1080 per eye) which gives a 90 degree viewing angle. Custom 3D audio technology has been built to help immerse the user in the 3D world.

Another important consideration to remember is that this isn’t a stand alone unit, it needs the PS4 camera and benefits from a couple of Move controllers so the likelihood of seeing a bundle is quite high. Not forgetting the fact that consumer awareness in this type of technology is quite low since the last major entity in this field was the film Lawnmower Man, less said about that the better.

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After checking the results* I have found that a massive 50.75% of people would pay $299 (£249) which is the same as the Oculus Rift Dev Kit and a 40.3% of votes picked the lower $199 (£149) price which would probably mean Sony sells it at a loss. The remaining 9% would happily pay the same price as the PS4 itself, $399 (£349).**

Taking all of this into consideration it looks like a price somewhere between the two favorites would please the most people.

So the perfect price for the Sony VR Headset is $249 (£199).

I’m sure Sony will have their own internal discussions about the price but the above seems reasonable, especially if it comes with a game or mini-game collection. But this price is from gamers who know what a Move controller is and don’t think that an Oculus Rift is ‘what happened at the beginning of the Marvel Avengers film, that let in Loki‘.

There are many more considerations when coming up with the final price. One being the general consumer, who might be buying it for their loved one or even themselves and are less inclined to spend so much on a new piece of technology. Because of this, Sony might decide to sell the hardware at a loss and hopefully make their money back on the games instead. But they also might not be in a position to take such a hit on an unknown quantity, they have shareholders to answer to at the end of the day!

There is also the diverse range of things this system could do. It is already known they are trying their hardest to have movies work effectively in the device, which could be amazing if done correctly and help in selling the system to a wider audience.

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What are your thoughts on the findings? Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget you can also hear what Glenn and Josh have to say about Project Morpheus and more on the podcast, episode 363 – Don’t Spoil Me.

*at time of writing.
**Ignoring US to UK exchange rates, based on UK PS4 price equivalent.

[UPDATE: I had incorrectly mentioned it had 2 LCD screen, when it only has one. Thanks to @meltbelt on Twitter for noticing.]

Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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