The PlayStation VR will be available from October 2016, with a price tag of $399 in the US, €399 in Europe, 44,980 Yen in Japan and £349 in the UK.
Speculations of Sony’s PlayStation VR (PS VR) release have come out to be true as the company revealed the pricing and availability today. This year’s Game Developer’s Conference (GDC 2016) is underway at San Francisco where Sony Computer Entertainment’s Global CEO, Andrew House took to the stage at the PlayStation VR event to announce the launch. The PS VR will be available from October 2016, with a price tag of $399 in the US, €399 in Europe, 44,980 Yen in Japan and £349 in the UK.
A surge of virtual reality hardware is being observed in the market with companies presenting their best iteration of a VR headset and accessories. Originally called Project Morpheus, the first prototype of the PlayStation VR was revealed at GDC 2014.
The PS VR will run only on the PS4 and it has been priced way lower than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive – the Rift selling for $599 while the Vive is going out for $799. That’s quite a price difference between them and although the PS VR isn’t as powerful as the former two headsets, you wouldn’t need to spend big bucks on a powerful gaming rig to run the headset. So essentially, if you’re really looking forward to indulging in VR gaming, you might need to reconsider the platform you choose if you have budget constraints.
There’s another caveat albeit, the PlayStation VR pricing doesn’t include the Move controllers nor the PlayStation Eye Camera. Buying these accessories isn’t essential since you’ll still be able to enjoy VR games on the PS VR in conjunction with the DualShock 4 controllers. Users who’d want the complete experience will need to invest in these accessories which will end up costing the same as its other two prominent competitors.
Sony expects about 50 games to be ready for the platform when it launches in October. Houston also claimed that around 230 developers have been working to build VR content for the platform. There’s no official list out yet on the VR ready games but the highlighted ones at the event included EVE: Valkyrie, Tumble VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, PlayStation VR Worlds and more. Another exciting news revealed was about EA and DICE working on creating a Star Wars Battlefront experience exclusively for the platform.
- Display method: OLED
- Panel size: 5.7 inches
- Panel resolution: 1920 x RGB x 1080 (960 x RGB x 1080 per eye)
- Refresh rate: 120Hz, 90Hz
- Field of view: approximately 100 degrees
- Sensors: accelerometer, gyroscope
- Connection interface: HDMI, USB
- Latency: less than 18ms
- Audio: 3D audio with stereo mini jack and mic input
Abhijit "BabuMoshaaye" Dey
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