PlayStation VR’s demo disc elicits the same emotions that the original PlayStation’s did
6 Oct 2016   PlayStation VR, Previews, PS4 Share

PlayStation VR’s demo disc elicits the same emotions that the original PlayStation’s did

In all the best ways.

The first Christmas the original PlayStation came out, I begged my parents for it. Literally begged. I started my campaign in early October, pleading each and every day for the console. My parents bought me three Sega Genesis games instead.

The little arsehole I was, I threw a ridiculous tantrum. Kicking and screaming, I imagine I looked more like a six-year-old than the boy of twelve I was. Eventually caving in, my parents returned the Genesis games — sorry Sonic 3 — and laid down FAR more money than they should have to get their little brat a PlayStation. They had the last laugh; in a fit of genius, my parents did all this without me buying a single game.

I didn’t care, though; I was over the moon.

I played my PlayStation and its demo disc for three months solid until I could actually save enough money to buy an actual, proper game. While it was nice to actually delve deep into a fully realised offering, I had snippets of Crash Bandicoot to keep me company and impress my friends.

Playing through the PlayStation VR’s demo disc while waiting for full-blown offerings to download, I feel like I’m twelve again.

The feelings washing over me are exactly the same. I’m a kid again, geeking out over the potential Driveclub VR and PlayStation VR Worlds has. Four people have already stopped at my office door, asking for a chance to try the unit out for themselves. If I had to compare the experience to something else gaming related, I’d say we’re right at the launch of the Nintendo Wii all over again.

The feeling might be fleeting; like the Wii, this whole VR thing may be a fad. For now, I’ll happily go along for the ride — though I realise I’m saying this with a long-term loan of a $549 AUD unit and, already, a handful of games to play with it.

Check back soon for proper impressions.

Steve Wright

Steve Wright

Steve Wright, aka Stevivor: A Canadian-Australian gay gaming geek, freelance journalist, owners of this very site, ice hockey player/fan, beer drinker and tech trainer.