Sony’s PlayStation VR to cost $399

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.

Sony’s blog announcement for the VR headset reads, “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.”

As for the specs, Sony revealed that the headset features a 5.7-inch (1920 x 1080 pixel resolution) OLED display with 120 Hz refresh rate, 100-degree field of view, and 360-degree tracking sensors. The device is compatible with the DualShock 4 and PS Move controllers, and requires the PlayStation Move camera that will cost extra. Users will only need a PS4 to get started with the headset.

Sony's PlayStation VR to cost $399
Sony’s PlayStation VR to cost $399

 

Sony needs to do two things: Convince you to buy a virtual reality headset, and then spend another $399 to buy the PlayStation VR.

While HTC charges $799 (£689 and $899 in Australia) for the Vive headset and Oculus charges $599 (£499, AU$649) for the Rift — neither of which include the gaming PC they need — Sony’s device will cost $399 (£349, AU$550) and require a comparatively inexpensive $350 (£300, AU$480) PlayStation 4 to power it.

Sony’s PlayStation VR to cost $399

Additionally, The Playroom VR, from our very own Japan Studio, will be available as a free download from PlayStation Store for all PS VR owners at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games that can be enjoyed with friends and family, demonstrating why we believe VR can also be an impactful experience when it’s shared.

With PlayStation VR, the future of gaming is almost here. We’re excited to share more with you as we head into launch later this year.

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