The Playstation VR is coming, and it's going to change gaming as we know it
2016 is the year of virtual reality, and we now have official confirmation that Playstation's own headset will launch in October, with prices starting at £349.
Sony surprised the gaming world late Tuesday evening with the reasonably low price of Playstation VR compared to its main rival, the Oculus Rift.
Despite news that Sony's offering will also require a £40 Playstation Camera to work - it's worth noting that the 'Move' motion controllers are not in the box either - the package will still be the most affordable of the high-end virtual reality headsets currently on the market.
Altogether Sony's new VR package looks something like this...
Andrew House, the Sony global chief executive, told The Telegraph.
“To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016,” he said. “For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support.”
A bunch of new games are being developed for the platform, including a new addition to the Star Wars Battlefield series and a host of new 360-degree interactive videos.
In total, Sony has promised more than 100 new titles, best among them a new Assassin’s Creed spin-off, the full version of successful Oculus Rift demo Eve: Valkyrie, and the much-hyped horror game Until Dawn: Rush of Blood.
Fan reaction to the news was mostly positive
— GameSpot (@GameSpot) March 16, 2016
VR wars on the way. Playstation VR will launch in October for £349. Quite a bit cheaper than rivals Vive & Oculus. pic.twitter.com/pE7YMM4mzx
— Marc Cieslak (@MarcCieslak) March 16, 2016
— PlayStation (@PlayStation) March 16, 2016
Although of course there were a number of people annoyed at the mandatory camera.
— Simon Bunyard (@Lankysi) March 16, 2016
The future of gaming is here this October, and it looks like you can already preorder. Will you be picking up a Playstation VR this year?