Select PS4 Gamers Can Now Try Out PSVR In Their Homes For Free, But There’s One Huge Catch

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Did you get the free trial email?

Still haven’t crossed over into the dark side of virtual reality? Well, if you’re a PS4 user as well as a card-carrying PS Plus member, then you may now have a chance to strap on a headset at (essentially) no charge.

Earlier today, some rumblings began on Twitter about certain people receiving emails from Sony regarding PSVR, specifically in relation to a 14-day free in-home trial. According to numerous screenshots of the stock message, chosen gamers are to be sent a bundle including The Elder Scrolls V: Skrim VR, the VR Demo Disc 2.0 (not completely sure what’s included on this), a pair of Move motion controllers, the required camera and of course the headset itself. That’s a lot of cool tech to check out for a full two weeks. Not a bad proposition, but there is a catch, and a pretty big one at that.

For all those choosing to opt-in, Sony is placing a $299.99 hold on their credit cards until the bundle is returned, undamaged and complete. I totally get why a hold is necessary, because this is expensive equipment and Sony can’t have people disappearing with their headsets or returning them with peanut butter-covered viewing lenses. But here’s the thing: The language used in regard to this particular detail makes this whole ordeal seem less like a free trial and more like a scheme to take advantage of people who either a) forget to send the package back or b) are too lazy to do so.

This is a direct quote taken from a screenshot of the registration page:

“When you’re all done trying VR, you can decide if you want to keep the bundle or return it. If we don’t receive the complete undamaged bundle back within 10 days of your trial end date, we’ll assume you want to keep it and charge your card.”

This is either brilliant, slightly off-taste or outright desperate. I can’t decide. The good news is that if you do decide to keep the bundle, you’re basically getting $450 worth of PS4 peripherals and software for $300. On a final note, if you did receive the email, you might want to move quickly, as this is supposedly limited to the first 1,400 registrants.

I’ve always had extremely mixed feelings on PSVR, but if you’re interested and got the offer, I’d highly encourage you to check it out. It’s absolutely worth trying at least once, and with how rigorously Sony seems to be pushing the accessory, there could still be a decent future ahead.

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