Sony announced that the Playstation VR is slated for a release during October. This headset will come at 399.99 USD at retail, which isn’t that off the mark considering Sony’s plans. Of course, this additional piece doubles the price of a PS4 for someone wanting to pick up both, but for those of us already owning a PS4, it seems reasonable.
Playstation VR will also launch with The Playroom VR, an app that will give all owners of the device six games that show off being able to share the experience with others in the same room. Unlike many VR headsets, Playstation VR will double the display to the television, meaning people can watch what’s going on in front of the player’s face. This is a plus for folks wanting to play with friends and family, but it will also give streamers and video creators higher video quality to use, without that binoculars look featured on early Oculus let’s plays.
Either way, there are some great looking titles on the way, which is great for us gamers. Games like Golem, by former Bungie developers, look to be playing with perspective in interesting ways. Add in the support for using a Dual Shock 4 controller and the Playstation VR could be the defining virtual reality gaming that pushes it into the mainstream.
The games are what will make or break the Playstation VR, whether the technology is impressive or not. As seen with the Move several years back, if there isn’t support by developers to make high quality experiences on the platform it will tank and end up on the pre-owned clearance section of Gamestop.
Guess we’ll have to wait til October to find out. At least they didn’t give a date for the release date announcement. Good on you Sony.