Sunday, June 12, 2016

Experience VR for yourself with Playstation VR demos at Best Buy



The Playstation VR will be available for you to demo at select Best Buy locations in the US next week, June 17-18.

The locations are:

Arkansas
- Fayetteville

California
- Dublin
- Montebello

Colorado
- Northglenn

Florida
- Brandon
- Vero Beach

Illinois
- Burbank
- Harlem and Irving
- Joliet
- Schaumnburg

Massachusetts
- Plymouth
- Worcester

Maryland
- Glen Burnie
- Wheaton

Minnesota
- Roseville

New York
- Chelsea (23rd and 6th)

Ohio
- Reynoldsburg
- Tri-County

South Carolina
- Spring Valley

Texas
- Hulen
- Lewisville

Virginia
- Potamac Hills

The demo dates and times are:
Friday, June 17: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday, June 18: 12 p.m.–4 p.m.

Best Buy says, "Check back for additional PlayStation VR demo dates and more stores, coming soon."  Unlike the Oculus Rift demo at Best Buy, there does not seem to be an appointment system.  Hopefully there are at least some people assigned to the demo booths to keep things organized.

HERE is the official announcement.

I haven't tried the Playstation VR but I have tried the Oculus Rift, and early previews say the PSVR is just as immersive as the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive even though the specs are a little short of the Rift and Vive.

Meanwhile E3 2016 is starting tomorrow June 14, and VR is expected to be huge.  We might even see VR-related announcements from Nintendo and Microsoft.

If you'd like to try virtual reality but the locations aren't accessible to you, check out the Samsung Gear VR (it is not just a Google Cardboard clone).  It's a level below full VR, but it does convey a strong sense of immersion, albeit not much presence.