The annual Game Developers Conference is in full swing and we’re part of it. Today, Sony announced that PlayStation VR is launching in October. We’ve been eagerly expecting the first VR solutions for the console world, and this Japanese company is certainly making a big splash with their solution. Combine the wide array of gaming titles with excellent VR solutions and you’ve got a great winter coming up.
As we said earlier, PlayStation VR headset will launch in October this year and it will come with a suggested retail price of USD $399 / CAD $549. This is one of the most affordable VR kits out there, an almost perfect solution for Virtual Reality on a budget. The complete PlayStation VR package is showcased right below:
What is not included are two components necessary to make the PlayStation VR work. PlayStation Camera retails for $59.99, while you will need two PlayStation Move controllers, which retail for $49.99 each. Or less, like this sweet deal for $28.99 on Amazon. Thus, PlayStation VR might end up running you for additional $159.97, if you don’t find a deal or two. That would bring the price as high as $559.96. And if Oculus did not include a $59.99 controller in its Rift – they would achieve price parity. To be failr, you need a controller for both, so it’s $599.99 for Rift vs. $559.96 for PlayStation VR. Not a great difference, but will probably go unseen in shallow mainstream media. Even the BBC didn’t took this into account.
Today more than 230 developers are building content for PlayStation VR, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers. We expect to have more than 50 games available from launch in October 2016 until the end of the year. Of course, the full promise of PlayStation VR will continue to grow over time as talented developers create new experiences and new genres that wouldn’t be possible outside of VR. The future looks bright indeed.
Additionally, The Playroom VR from their Sony Japan studio will be available as a free download from the PlayStation Store at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games that can be enjoyed with friends and family, demonstrating why we believe VR offers impactful social experience when that experience is shared. We have yet to obtain the exact list of games being supported, but knowing PlayStation these will definitely be some of the most popular games they have.
Thanks to PlayStation VR, the future of gaming is a few months away – we’ll be keeping a close eye out for more PlayStation VR information in the future months, allowing our readers early access to all information.