As VR inches more towards a reality for Playstation manufacturer, Sony, today is a big day for the company and owners of the Playstation 4 gaming console as the Sony plans a major announcement pertaining to Playstation VR at GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) 2016. While we have already seen the form factor of Sony’s virtual reality headset, today the company will supposedly announce both a retail price as well as a launch date for Playstation VR.
While other companies such as HTC, with their Vive VR headset, and Facebook, with their Oculus Rift, have already made many details available, it’s Sony which has seemingly held out the longest. According to reports, Sony, who likely will have an edge in the virtual reality space, since the Playstation 4 is owned by millions of gamers already, will likely price their VR headset at between $400 and $500. While this may seem like a pricey addition to gamers, it’s actual quite affordable when one considers the fact that the Oculus Rift will cost $599 and the HTC Vive $799. Additionally, these other VR headsets require a powerful computer packed with graphics capabilities in order to function adequately.
Another piece of useful information expected to come from Sony today at GDC 2016 is likely a launch date for Playstation VR. While the headset will almost certainly launch sometime this year, it’s really anyone’s guess as to what month that may be. With Oculus planning to launch the Rift later this month and HTC planning to launch the Vive in June, rumors point to the Playstation VR being launched likely before the end of September. While it’s entirely possible it could launch within a month or two, Sony likely will need a bit more time to get everything in order while developers continue to work on games for the device.
In separate but related news, indie developer Rebellion announced recently that they will be remaking the popular PC game from the late 90’s called Battlezone, and revealed a trailer for the game, which will be compatible for both the Playstation VR and Oculus Rift. This is just one more game to add to the expanding list of titles coming to the Playstation VR.
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