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Sony Explains Huge Per-Region PSVR Demo Disc Content Differences

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Responding to public reaction to the news that PlayStation VR buyers will receive far less content on their packed-in demo disc depending on where they live, Sony has responded with some sound reasoning to explain things.

Recently, news stories circulated focusing on the imminent launch of Sony’s PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset and the contents shipped with the device. More specifically, that depending on which region you bought it in, you may well get less for your money, in particular in terms of the packed in demo disc Sony is shipping with every unit.

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It turns out that US buyers of PSVR will be treated to a disc boasting significantly more content than Europeans, and by significantly we mean over twice as many. The EU disc will carry 8 demos in total (listed below) whereas the US will carry 18. Quite rightly there was some puzzlement (and a dash of anger) from the community as to this disparity.

However, Sony has now explained why this is the case and it’s all to do with the fact that Europe is somewhat of a melting pot of languages and cultures. Speaking toDigital Spy, a Sony spokesperson said that:

“Due to several considerations specific to our region, for example, age rating and localisation requirements, there is a difference in content between the US and European VR demo discs.”

“We continue to explore the possibility of making further demos available for free download from the Store.”But, there is a chance that Europeans may see their missing demo content made available via other methods at a later date, specifically downloadable from the PlayStation Store / PSN.

It’ll be interesting to see how much of that content becomes available on or around launch for EU PSVR owners because as of now there’s a lot of cool games they’ll be missing out on. Find below a list of differences between the two.

EU PlayStation VR Demo Disc Contents:

DriveClub VR – Evolution Studios
PlayStation VR Worlds – Sony London Studio
RIGS Mechanized Combat League – Guerrilla Games
Tumble VR – Supermassive Games
Battlezone – Rebellion
EVE: Valkyrie – CCP Games
Wayward Sky – Uber Entertainment
Headmaster – Frame Interactive

US PlayStation VR Demo Disc Contents:

Allumette – Penrose
Battlezone – Rebellion
DriveClub VR – SIE WWS
Eve: Valkyrie – CCP Games
Gnog – KO_OP
Harmonix Music VR – Harmonix Music Systems
Headmaster – Frame Interactive
Here They Lie – SIE WWS
Job Simulator – Owlchemy Labs
PlayStation VR Worlds – SIE WWS
Resident Evil 7 Biohazard: Kitchen Teaser – Capcom CO., LTD.
Rez Infinite – Enhance Games
Rigs Mechanized Combat League – SIE WWS
Thumper – Drool
Tumble VR – SIE WWS
Until Dawn: Rush of Blood – SIE WWS
Wayward Sky – Uber Entertainment
Within – Within

Sony’s PS4 (and soon PS4 Pro) powered PlayStation VR headset will launch on October 13th with an expected 50 titles available for the platform within the launch window.

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