If you’ve had any interested in buying PlayStation VR in the last several months, you’ve almost certainly found that actually finding the headset in stock can be quite the challenge. After what seemed to be significant shortages following the holiday season, the company is announcing that more stock and a new bundle is on the way this month.
Since the holidays, many major electronics retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, and Best Buy have been spotted frequently hoisting the ‘Out of Stock’ sign for those looking to buy a new PSVR headset or launch bundle.
Announced today via the official Playstation Blog, Sony says that “the PSVR bundle is making a return.” This appears to be the same as the launch bundle; still priced at $500, it includes the PlayStation VR headset, PlayStation Camera, two Move controllers, the PSVR demo disc, and PlayStation VR Worlds game.
A new bundle is on the way too, which is otherwise the same except to swap out the PlayStation VR Worlds (2016) game for Until Dawn: Rush of Blood (2016). This bundle will be exclusively available at games retailers GameStop and EB Games later this month.
And although VR Worlds is priced at $40 on the PlayStation Store with Until Dawn at $20, the price of the bundle is still $500 across the board. Which means if players plan to buy VR Worlds anyway (which they should, because it’s one of the best collections of content available on PSVR presently), they will save money by buying the original bundle and then Until Dawn separately.
Scarcity of the headset has led to some third-party sellers on Amazon asking for $930 or more for a similar bundle, and around $530 for the headset alone (normally priced at $400). The appearance of such high prices could hurt consumer’s perspective of the cost of the headset, but hopefully the new stock on the way will get prices back to the proper MSRP stat.
We’ve reached out to Sony about the apparent shortage of stock, but the company declined to offer details on the matter.