Sony is getting ready to introduce what is technically the cheapest high-end virtual reality headset yet, and Minnesota-based Best Buy will be among the first stores with live retail demos.
The PlayStation VR headset will be available to try at the Roseville Best Buy starting Friday afternoon (June 17), the company announced. It's one of 30 locations around the U.S. getting early demos, and comes after Sony highlighted the machine at E3.
The in-store demos will run from 3-7 p.m. Friday, and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.
And it'll be way easier to find soon – in a week, more than 200 Best Buys (as well as some GameStop locations) will have demos. Here's a look at a demo video from E3.
OK, so what's the deal with this headset?
The PlayStation VR headset is pretty much exactly what it sounds like – a wearable headset, where you stare at a screen, and you can "look around" in the digital space.
So for PlayStation, there's a gaming opportunity. Sony says it will have 50 VR-enabled games available when the headset launches.
That includes some big titles, including a Batman game and the newest in the "Resident Evil" series.
What do I need to use it?
The PlayStation VR headset will be $399 ... but that's just for the basic headset. No games, and none of the accessories you need (or might want).
Then there are games, and you can buy special controllers that let you manipulate the VR world.
Sony was selling a bundle that included the two special controllers, plus a game and the PlayStation Camera, for $499.
How is it different from the others?
PlayStation VR is basically the most recent entry in what's quickly becoming a crowded virtual reality headset market.
The cheapest option is the $99 Gear VR – but it requires you to have a newer-model phone to operate.
The PlayStation headset is (on its own at least) the cheapest of those three options, and CNET says it might end up being "the most accessible high-end VR hardware of all."
Tech Radar did an early impressions review of the product, saying it's one of the most comfortable headsets around, and said the visuals work pretty well.
Wareable noted the screens don't have quite as high a resolution (960x1080 for each eye) as the HTC Vive (1080 x 1200), "but it's still impressive."