Everyone is looking forward to Marvel’s Spider-Man on the PlayStation 4 from Insomniac Games. It’s got web-slinging, flip-kicks, zipping between skyscrapers, and most importantly, it has the quips you’d expect from Peter Parker. The only problem is that 2018 is a long way off. The good news is that there’s a new Spider-Man game available right now, and it’s free! The bad news is that you need a VR system to play it.
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Virtual Reality Experience may sound like a dubious edutainment attraction at Disney’s EPCOT Center, but its actually a VR game. Well, it’s less a game and more a 5-minute target practice tutorial and advertisement for the movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, but it’s free and you do get to swing a couple of disembodied hands around. Zap balloons! Pick up rooftop garbage and sling it around! Clumsily grab your mask and jostle it onto your VR head. It’s just like being a superhero!
Spider-Man: Homecoming – Virtual Reality Experience is available for PlayStation VR and PC VR through Steam.
Sony announced the price and launch month for the PlayStation VR system. Speaking at the 2016 Games Developer Conference in San Francisco, CEO Andrew House said Sony’s virtual reality system will cost $399 for the headset, cables, and documentation. You’ll need a PlayStation 4 and at least a controller to use it, but even if you’re starting from scratch, the retail price of the PlayStation VR is much less than the Oculus Rift which costs $599, or the HTC Vive which starts at $799. Both of those VR systems also require a beefy computer to use that would cost more than a PlayStation 4. Since the high prices of the VR systems shown to date have been an issue for many, Sony’s solution seems to tackle that objection head on.
The PlayStation VR system will hit the shelves in October of this year, and between its launch and the end of the year, Sony expects at least fifty games to be released. One of those titles will be a VR-exclusive version of Star Wars: Battlefront. The system will also allow gamers to enter a virtual theater and play their normal PlayStation 4 games as if they were projected on an imaginary screen. VR people! Get excited!