Every few years, video game platform makers attempt to redefine what it means to play video games. PlayStation VR, a headset that users connect to their PS4 console so that they can be immersed in their games, could take virtual reality and bring it to the masses. Sony has teased the headset for months now, showing it off as Project Morpheus, then revealing its final form factor and more games at E3 2015. At this year’s E3 2016 trade show, Sony finally revealed the PlayStation VR release date and price.
It’s time to get excited about the future of virtual reality. Even with Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive coming fast, Sony is positioned to dominate the fledgling new market.
PlayStation VR Release Date
Sony originally hinted that the PlayStation VR release date would come during the first half of 2016. Then GameStop CEO Paul Raines ruined that window in an interview with Fox Business. He revealed a smaller window and updated timeframe for the PlayStation VR release date.
Speaking at the E3 2016 trade show, Sony finally confirmed the details that users have wanted to know these past two years. The official PS VR release date is October 13th, 2016. That’s close enough to the holiday season that it’ll be all families with gamers can talk about, but far enough away where shoppers won’t necessarily have to wait until the holiday season before they can afford it.
What is PlayStation VR?
PlayStation VR is a Virtual Reality headset for the PS4 that will deliver a new gaming experience to users with a headset that connects to the PS4 to deliver a VR experience on the headset, but also shows what is happening on the screen so others can see what the main player is doing.
The main gamer wears this headset and can look around to see the experience that they are currently a part of.
This was previously shown off as Project Morpheus at various events, but the name is firmly PlayStation VR at this stage.
PlayStation VR Specs
Here are the current PlayStation VR specs, which will help you understand some of the capabilities of the system.
- 5.7-inch OLED display
- 1920 x 1080 resolution (960xRGBx1080 per eye)
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Low Latency (Under 18ms)
- 100 degree field of view
- Accelerometer & Gyroscope
- Positional Tracking using 9 LEDs
- 3D Audio with support for a stereo mini jack and microphone input.
- HDMI and USB connections
PlayStation VR Price
In September 2015, Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House shared that the PlayStation VR price would be similar to buying a new console. Although he did not share any specific numbers this placed the price at $300 at the minimum.
Then market research suggested the PlayStation VR price could be in the $400 to $600 range. At the higher end this would match up with the Oculus Rift price of $599, but without the need for a high-end computer.
On June 13th, Sony confirmed the official PlayStation VR price tag. The headset costs $399 in the United States. That’s $50 more than the price of a PS4 today. In addition to the standalone bundle, GameStop will offer a launch bundle that includes Move controllers, a PlayStation Camera and a copy of PlayStation World. This PlayStation VR bundle costs $499.99.
Do You Need a New PS4 for PlayStation VR?
You do not need to buy a new PS4 to use PlayStation VR. Speaking at the Vision Summit in early February, PlayStation VR chief Dr. Richard Marks told the crowd that Sony sold more than 36 million PS4 units and all of those gamers are, “ready for PlayStation VR.”
While the PlayStation VR may include some additional hardware connection to your PS4, you don’t need to budget for buying a new PS4 just to use one.
PlayStation VR Games
There are a number of PlayStation VR games that are already confirmed. This includes the following titles, with the release dates to be determined. Expect to see more than 10 PlayStation VR games in 2016.
- RIGS Mechanized Combat League
- EVE: Valkyrie
- Robinson: The Journey
- The London Heist
- The Walk
- Batman: Arkham VR
- Final Fantasy 15
- Star Wars Battlefront’s X-Wing VR Mission
- Battle Zone
- Megaton Rainfall
- Final Fantasy Heavensword
- Rush of Blood
In addition to this list, we could see PlayStation VR experiences that allow you to immerse yourself in a concert, event or watch short Virtual Reality clips. Sony has been able to pick up tons of support from publishers and game developers for PlayStation VR.
PlayStation VR Gameplay & Demo
The video above shows what it is like to play a game with the PlayStation VR headset on, with PS Move controllers. You can see the player’s actions and also what is happening on-screen.
No Man's Sky
No Man’s Sky Release Date: August 9, 2016, PS4 & Windows
No Man’s Sky is a constantly generating open galaxy game with space exploration, world exploration and more as you work through an ever-expanding solar system of planets. Each of these planets is filled with new species and a new landscape.
Your goal is to find ancient artifacts that will help you understand the universe. As you make discoveries you can share with other players or keep it all a secret. As you explore and interact with worlds you can leave a trace of yourself behind.
In addition to the digital release there is now a Blu-Ray release of the game.