News of the release date and price for Sony’s virtual-reality headset have been announced during GDC in San Francisco this week.
The basic package the headset will come in contains:
- The PlayStation VR headset
- A pair of stereo earbuds
- A processor unit
- VR headset connection cables
The headset is set to launch in October with a retail price of €399.99. What’s odd is that the PlayStation VR requires a PlayStation 4 camera to detect the sensors on the headset itself for positional tracking and it doesn’t look like the camera is included inside the package the headset comes in. To remove a piece of the core functionality is maybe to drive the price down or for people who already own the camera. According to Sony’s own Shuhei Yoshida, there will indeed be a bundle containing both move controllers and a camera for those without either. It’s also been announced that there will be over 50 games launching VR-ready this year as well as announcements of games such as Star Wars Battlefront VR and the further development of tech demos into fully realized games.
As of this announcement, it seems that PlayStation VR might be the sweet spot for those unwilling to break the bank for an Oculus or Vive. While €399.99 isn’t chump change, you’re at least guaranteed it’s going to work with every game you throw at it given the fact it’s on a console. Unfortunately you won’t be able to jury-rig any old game to have VR like you can on PC, but you also don’t have the possible woes of making sure you have a beefy enough PC to be able to run such a thing.