Sony finally announced the release date and the price of its much-awaited PlayStation VR headset at its PS VR event at the GDC 2016, San Francisco .The PlayStation 4 powered Playstation VR will arrive in October 2016 at a price of $400.
The PSVR will compete against the other VR headsets like the Oculus Rift which goes on sale on March 28 for $600, and the HTC Vive which arrives in early April for $800.The major difference for PlayStation VR, however, is that it does not require a powerful PC, as it runs on PS4.
Sony’s vice president Masayasu in an interview to Polygon earlier this week said,
If you just talk about the high-end quality, yes, I would admit that Oculus may have better VR.However, it requires a very expensive and very fast PC. The biggest advantage for Sony is our headset works with PS4. It’s more for everyday use, so it has to be easy to use and it has to be affordable. This is not for the person who uses a high-end PC. It’s for the mass market“.
Coming to specs the PSVR features a 5.7-inch OLED screen which is capable of displaying games at up to 120 frames per second, and has a resolution of “1920 x RGB x 1080,” meaning each pixel gets full RGB color.
The $399 Playstation VR doesn’t come with the company’s Move controllers, and it also doesn’t come with the PlayStation Camera — which is required to use the VR headset.You do get a headset, a processor unit, VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, stereo headphones, and a power cord and adaptor.
The company also announced that there are more than 230 developers building content for PlayStation VR right now. And there are more than 160 titles currently in development for the PSVR, out of which 50 will be launched by the end of this year.They include Eagle Flight by Ubisoft, EVE: Valkyrie from CCP Games, Headmaster, Rez Infinite, Wayward Sky, RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and PlayStation VR World.
Sony also announced there would be a VR version of Star Wars: Battlefront that will be exclusive to the PlayStation VR.Additionally, all PlayStation VR owners can download a free app called The Playroom when the device arrives in October.
Also, check out the announcement trailer here:
Source: Playstation Blog