At long last, Sony's PlayStation VR gets a release window and a price... Oh, and a Star Wars Battlefront tie-in
Yesterday Sony's Andrew House took to a behind-doors stage to announce to assembled media outlets the long-awaited price point and release window for their foray into the almost crowded virtual space, Playstation VR. It is hoped it will hit stores this October, and will be priced at the rather reasonable price of $400/£350.
Reasonable when compared to its immediate competition that is - Oculus Rift headset are currently going for $600/£500 and HTC's Vive is looking more expensive at $800/£700. There is a bit of a catch though. If you don't already own one of the PlayStation cameras for your PS4 (assuming you even have one of those!) you'll need one to get started. They retail at $60/£40. And of course if you want to get the most out your PlayStation Virtual Reality setup, you'll want to pick up a set of Move controllers. They look to go for about $25/£20 each. So really you're looking at more like $500/£600.
Only then will you need to start thinking about which games you're going to stump for...
House was keen to emphasise the number of developers currently working on content for the headset, with apparently more than 230 at the moment, and that figure is, of course, expected to rise. There are plans for upwards of 50 games from the launch in October to the end of 2016, including a wide variety of experiences. Some are sure to be more impressive than others. Sony's very own London Studio appear to be bundling each of their five demo experiences (London Heist, Into The Deep, VR Luge, Dangerball and Scavengers Odyssey) into a single game, imaginatively titled VR Worlds.
It was also revealed that Sony were teaming up with EA, DICE and Lucasfilm to bring a unique (and system exclusive, of course) Star Wars: Battlefront experience to PlayStation VR. Little else was revealed about the project - no concept art or screenshots, no indication of when it might see a release - it was just confirmed that it was definitely happening. Sure to get all those Star Wars fans frothing at the mouth. Is it worth $500+ though?
I guess we'll see. Amazon stocks sold out in a matter of minutes, and the sales of PlayStation cameras and Move controllers have shot through the roof (x10 and x5 respectively), so clearly there is demand out there. Are you going to be getting one? Is owning a PS4 reason enough to jump on the purchase wagon? Or is it bound to be another peripheral failure for Sony's PlayStation? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
Eoin has been gaming for twenty-five years, worries he might be getting a little too old for it all, but hopes that he isn't. In the midst of an effort to find a future doing something he loves, he has taken to writing about his one enduring passion - video games.
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