Money is always a pressing concern. Liquidity is the socio-economic construct that prevents most of us from enjoying life to its fullest. Mortgages, utilities, taxes and any number of unexpected bills that you are obligated to subsidize, all contribute to this burden. But with the added pressure of rising energy bills, as well as a nation wide rationing of cucumbers and tomatoes, purchasing anything as extravagant as PlayStation’s sophomore VR effort is a difficult justification to make. Admittedly when you’re interest is in a hobby as premium, as well as questionably regulated as gaming *cough* micro transactions *cough* live service *cough*, you shouldn’t be surprised by the exorbitant price of admission. So you’re forced to rely on your rather dubious instincts to inform your judgement. To be perceptive and decisive in your purchases, ensuring that you make the most educated decision possible. But of course there is no one less reliable to make smart decisions than yourself.
There’s a compelling dichotomy that provokes these determinations. The critical, sensible, pragmatic side of your brain is so responsive in evaluating all of the logistical variables of an expensive purchase, and determining the best course of action with methodical acuity. Then there’s the conflicting side that ignores all of that and just says “Why the hell not!”. This is the duality afflicting my decision making process in regards to the PS VR2. On the surface the decision is easy: it’s too expensive, lacking in software and frankly an unnecessary expenditure at this moment in time. When the cost and availability of a pack of tomatoes exceeds that of a unicorn horn, you have no business even contemplating the purchase of a lavish gaming accessory that costs more than the machine capable of running it! Then there’s the issue of explaining to your less than effusive partner why we have this device, instead of the new washing machine the money could conceivably have gone too.
But these capricious urges continue to deafen your prudence with its cacophonous seduction. You deliberate a compromise, like saving or selling a child. And it can be difficult to placate these impulses, without it crippling your thoughts. You start to conceive legitimate justifications for owning one. The streamline experience. The new haptic sensitive controller. Exclusive content. Yeah it’s hard to advocate the price as anything approximating reasonable, with many concessions and caveats that prohibit it’s acquisition. But in comparative to other high end VR headset’s on the market, it’s a fraction of the cost. But you just can’t disregard the price. Particularly as this is a peripheral with limited, novelty appeal. I think my desire for savings, trump’s my urge for the PS VR2. And ultimately a selfish, self serving purchase. But then….