Up until now, Sony had been tight-lipped when it came to details about its PS4 virtual reality headset. Many have been waiting for more information on their PS4 virtual reality headset, which is arguably one of the top headsets in the gaming VR market, competing toe-to-toe with the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive.
We can expect the PS4 virtual reality headset to become available later this year in October 2016 for the retail price of $399/CAD $549, which makes it the cheapest option out of the three leading VR gaming headsets. Compare it to the price tag on the Oculus Rift ($599) and the HTC Vive ($799). Keep in mind that base price does not include the PlayStation Camera, which you’ll definitely need and will have to buy separately. This might be a good move on Sony’s part, though, because it means that if you already have a PlayStation Camera, you won’t have to pay for another one that would’ve been included in the package.
According to Andrew House, Sony’s President and Global CEO, more than 230 developers are hard at work creating content for the PS4 virtual reality headset, ranging from independent teams to top publishers.
From October to the end of the year, the PlayStation VR will be getting more than fifty games. Additionally, the headset will come with a free download of The PlayRoom VR, a cute VR party game from SCE Japan Studios where up to four out-of-VR players can mess with the VR-player’s game. PlayStation VR owners can nab The PlayRoom VR for free from the PlayStation Store at launch.
As of now, including the 50 PlayStation VR games being released this year, more than 160 games are being developed for the PS4 virtual reality headset. Some of the titles we can look forward to are Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Rez Infinite and EVE: Valkyrie. Additionally, we’ll also be seeing PlayStation VR Worlds, five VR mini-games produced by Sony London in one set: The London Heist, Into The Deep, VR Luge, Danger Ball, and Scavenger’s Odyssey.
The PS4 virtual reality headset will introduce a brand-new VR media player and a Cinematic mode. In Cinematic mode, players can enjoy standard PlayStation 4 games using the PlayStation VR’s virtual in-visor screen, which measures up to 5 meters in width and at a distance of 2.5 meters. Basically, you’ll be able to play non-VR games on a huge screen within a VR environment.
On the design front, the PS4 virtual reality headset is reportedly tailor-made for comfort, constructed with deliberately light-weight materials which make up a sleek visor that induces minimal pressure. Take a look at the official fact sheet below:
|Product Code||CUH-ZVR1 series|
|Release Month||October 2016|
|Panel Size||5.7 inches|
|Panel Resolution||1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)|
|Refresh Rate||120Hz, 90Hz|
|Field of View||Approximately 100 degrees|
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)|
|Processor Unit Function||3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), Cinematic mode|
Those specs are far from bad, and the design itself is sleek and gorgeous. With those tech specs and that many features, as well as the big stable of game developers working to create content for it, the PlayStation VR is really shaping up to be a bargain. What’s more, we’ll most likely see bundles in the future- hopefully ones that will include the Camera and the Move controllers. This reveal is a satisfying way to end the big PlayStation VR countdown.
Amazon UK has announced that pre-orders for the PS4 virtual reality headset start on March 16th at 11:00 am GMT. Players in the UK can also pre-order the PS4 virtual reality headset at Game or at Gamestop. It’s safe to assume that the latter will offer pre-orders to the US in the future.