Sony has finally crashed the VR party with their announcement of a price and a release window for their upcoming PlayStation VR.
Retailing at £349 (399 Euros), Sony’s venture into VR brings their virtual reality platform into a more wallet friendly arena when compared to the two other main contenders from Oculus and HTC/Valve. Sony also mentioned that when PSVR releases in October this year, it will be profitable, which is something many didn’t expect at a price this low.
A number of release titles were also shown at the GDC press event last night, with 50 PSVR games planned to release before the end of the year. It seems content is key for Sony, and they are right; without a decent line-up of content available at launch or any exciting titles coming soon after launch, PSVR will not have the kind of momentum it needs to push itself from being a niche platform to a widely adopted one.
Titles like The Playroom VR and Tumble VR return to the console with a whole new angle of play, whilst first-party title PlayStation VR Worlds will bring 5 diverse titles that will no doubt become the ‘demo to your friends’ disc of choice when they come around. This game includes underwater diving, street luge and dodgeball, with the last two titles – London Heist and Scavenger’s Odyssey – looking far more promising.
The hardware is now final, with a number of cables and boxes you’ll have to find new homes for and power plugs to plug them into. The display will be an OLED 5.7″ display running a 1920×1080 resolution into each eyeball, running at 120Hz refresh rate, and promises to have ‘super low latency’.
Sony is really clever in its promotional material as to not show the cable that is attached to the headset. Just the odd small print flashes up – blink and you’ll miss it – it can be so easily looked over, and I am sure many will think this is a wireless unit before they buy it. One also big factor you’ll need to be aware of is that PSVR will require a PlayStation camera for all this to work, so factor that in with the price. Many who opted to buy the camera at launch, or had it bundled with their console is probably feeling quite smug right now. You’ll also notice in the video’s a few glances at the old PS Move controllers, so be sure to dust off those in the coming months – we have a decent use for them again – Yay!
With a more wallet-friendly price tag, a promised line-up of games that appear to be widely diverse, and a distant release window that will see many more games be announced for us to get all excited for, especially during E3 this year, PlayStation VR is off to a positive start for Sony.