Although the peripheral is still selling well, Sony is trying at least one new way to get more people into PlayStation VR: Giving select PlayStation Plus members the chance to try it out for free.
It’s too late to get in on the promotion now, unfortunately. PlayStation Plus yesterday received an email prompting them to try the platform for 14 days using a unique code in their email. The programs includes the “Free Trial Bundle,” which includes a headset, Skyrim VR, and the PlayStation VR demo disc (the bundle does not seem to include PlayStation Move controllers).
The email sent members to this trial site, which is no longer accepting applications to receive the bundle. The site does prompt visitors to “check your email for future programs from PlayStation,” which could be a generic company message or a possible indication that the promotion could return at some point in the future provided this round goes well.
This is a great way for Sony to put the peripheral in the hands of more people without having to resort to having the things out in public (which, considering how little I trust demo kits to be sanitary, I would never use). I do wonder, though, how many people will get what they want out of VR right now within those two weeks. It’s more than enough time to get through Resident Evil 7 in VR, for example, and if that was the most enticing thing about PSVR for you and you got into this promotion, it might kill your enthusiasm to purchase one. Still, I’m curious to see how this programs works out.