Sony has revealed almost everything we need to know about the upcoming PlayStation VR headset, announcing an official release date and teasing a handful of games for its virtual reality headset at its E3 conference in LA. It’ll hit the market later this year, going up against the marvellous Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Oh, and the Samsung Gear VR too.
Here’s everything you need to know about the PlayStation VR.
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PlayStation VR: Headset
Everyone knows that you need to look like a bit of a doofus before you can immerse yourself in the wonderful world of fake reality, but it’s a hit that most of us are willing to take. In these early stages, anyway. Sony’s headset actually looks pretty good compared to most of the other models on the market, thanks to its nine LEDs and unusual, eye-catching headband.
Though the company hasn't talked us through all of the technical specifications yet, we know that the headset has a 5.7-inch OLED display with a 1920 x 1080 resolution (960 x 1080 for each eye), support for frame rates up to 120fps, a 100-degree field of view, and the option to display an unwarped version of PlayStation VR-compatible games on your TV screen.
PlayStation VR: Gear
The PlayStation VR may just be the dark horse in the virtual reality race, because half of the hardware required to use it already sits in millions of homes and offices around the world. It will work with the PS4 console, rather than a crazy-expensive PC or limited smartphone, and that could prove a crucial factor.
Annoyingly, however, Sony says customers will have to purchase a PlayStation Camera and Move controllers separately from the headset. The cam, which is needed to track your movements, will be up for £40, while the controllers, required for any sort of motion-control games, cost £24 a piece.
What will be included in the box are the headset (obviously), a processor unit, a VR headset connection cable, HDMI and USB cables, headphones, and a power supply.
PlayStation VR: Games
According to Sony, over 230 different developers and publishers -- both great and small -- are currently working on content for PlayStation VR, with over 50 compatible games expected to hit the market before the end of the year. Some of these are:
- X-Wing VR Mission
- Batman Arkham VR
- Eagle Flight
- Eve: Valkyrie
- PlayStation VR Worlds
- Rez Infinite
- Rigs: Mechanized Combat League
- Tumble VR
- Until Dawn: Rush of Blood
- Wayward Sky
In other words, savour your family and friends for the next couple of months. With one of these babies wrapped around your skull, you won't care about the real world.
PlayStation VR: Price and Release Date
There's good news and bad news. The good? The PlayStation VR will, at $399 (£282), be cheaper than both the Oculus Rift (£499) and the HTC Vive (£689). The bad? We have to wait until October 13th before it hits the market. The headset was originally expected to come out in the summer, but Sony’s had to push things back a touch.
However, online retailers are already taking pre-orders! Amazon UK has the PlayStation VR up for £349 (not including the £40 camera, sold separately), with GAME, GameStop UK and ShopTo also getting in on the action. There's some talk of pre-order delays going around at the moment though, so it might be worth sitting tight before parting with your cash.