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Game is charging for PlayStation VR demo sessions

Game is charging for PLayStation VR demo sessions in the UK

Game is charging for PLayStation VR demo sessions

Game is charging for PlayStation VR demo sessions

Right now Game UK is charging for PlayStation VR demo sessions in their stores, at the cost of £5 for 10 minutes and £15 for half an hour of gameplay. 
 
This decision has sparked outrage amongst both gamers and game developers alike, with many stating that this does not encourage consumers to come to store to try out this interesting new technology. Game designer Mike Bithell has stated that VR needs to be accessible in order to be successful, lacking this premium "entry fee" for even trying this new technology in-store.   
 
 
If there's one thing that VR really needs, it's another paywall (Sarcasm)

 

Game argues that the upfront cost to test VR in their stores is refundable against headset orders and that the fee allows the company the company to employ dedicated staff for their PSVR demo stands. 

 

The payment allows us to ensure that we have dedicated staff manning the PlayStation VR pods who have been fully trained to adhere to best practice demo guidelines.

The demos are intended to give our customers access to one of the most exciting new gaming technologies in 2016 and provide them with the opportunity to get a feel for VR before they commit to buy.

 

Game is charging for PLayStation VR demo sessions

 

With PlayStation VR costing £350 for the headset alone, many think that the £5 upfront demo cost is not much of an ask though it can be argued that this is another barrier for entry to the VR ecosystem.    

 

What do you think of Game's paid for VR demo sessions? You can join the discussion on Game charging for PlayStation VR Demo sessions on the OC3D Forums

 

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25-10-2016, 04:41:15

Kushiro
Uhh... Is it just me? Or is that a complete ripoff?Quote

25-10-2016, 04:43:25

TalllPaul
I think this is ridiculous to be honest, what training is needed? Follow the on screen instructions? Even if the staff weren't demoing the headset they will still be getting paid so not sure why they need to charge.

If trying out new tech is going to be a premium service, the future is looking bad. I might exaggerate and say next thing there will be an entry fee to mobile shops or tech stores that have phones and other tech on display to try.Quote

25-10-2016, 05:52:09

AlienALX
The training is they read an email and it tells them to sell as many as they can for their minimum wage.

It's complete sack that they are doing this IMO and will only thwart the adoption of VR even more.Quote

25-10-2016, 06:54:08

SeekaX
Grasping at straws before they all go out of business, surprises me that they haven't gone out of business yet with consoles requiring downloads as well now.Quote

25-10-2016, 07:15:14

jimma47
I can see both sides to the argument - I guess they need something to stop the 12 year olds that like to just play games and never buy anything hogging the demo units, but at the same time 12 year olds have parents that can be pretty cashed up and whatever they want they buy for them. They're probably doing themselves out of a sale.

It's a bit like charging a fitting room fee - a couple of stores have tried it and failed but what are they to do? A friend had a shoe shop and the number of people coming in to try them on and then end up buying them online (cheaper) was ridiculous. Some were even walking around the store looking up shoes on their iPads. I feel sorry for small business owners like the local computer store or bike shop where you can have a chat.

Then again if you're going to spend money in store they should give you a free demo. The Vive is $1,300.00 here so i'm going to make sure it doesn't give me a headache or motion sickness before I lay out that kind of cash.Quote
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