Sony’s PlayStation VR received a price point and release date during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference yesterday.
At £350, PlayStation VR may be a lot more appealing to some (especially those who already own a PS4) than that of rival VR headsets HTC VIVE and Oculus, due to their respective hefty price tags. With that in mind, it's worth noting that while PSVR comes bundled with all the relevant cables to hook it up to the console, it does not include the PlayStation Camera, a device which is necessary to the experience. You also won't get any PlayStation Move motion controllers, which, whilst optional, complete the immersive experience.
Since the GDC event yesterday, PlayStation’s Worldwide Head of Studios Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that there will be a PSVR bundle in North America that includes the PS Camera and a Move controller for those who don’t already own the peripherals needed to get the most out of the virtual reality headset. Currently no price for the bundle has been announced, or even whether it will be available in other regions, but keep an eye on PTC for further developments.
More than 100 games are currently in the works by over 230 developers for PlayStation VR, with 50 planned for release alongside the launch of the headset in October.
One of these will be Star Wars Battlefront Experience, a game that was confirmed to be in exclusive development for PSVR at the GDC event. The game will be based on DICE’s multiplayer shooter, but is described as a “cinematic gaming experience”. Let the speculation begin.
We also got a first look at PlayStation VR Worlds, a Wii Sports like compilation of experiences to show off the new hardware. These include on-rails shooter The London Heist, shark cage diving simulator Into the Deep (working title), extreme sporting VR Luge and more. See it in action below.
PSVR will also be compatible with non VR games on PS4, which can make use of the headset’s cinematic feature, a mode that allows regular games to be streamed to the device as a second screen should the TV be occupied or for a more private gaming experience.
With over 35 million PlayStation 4’s sold since it launched 3 years ago, Sony certainly has a large install base ready to make use of the headset come October.
What do you make of the cost of PlayStation VR? Are you ready to jump into the VR craze, or taking a more reserved approach? Let us know over in the forums.