Sony PlayStation VR

PlayStation VR coming in October for €399

Sony PlayStation VR

16 March 2016

Sony’s long-awaited virtual reality headset for the PlayStation games console will go on sale around the world in October, the company said Tuesday.

The PlayStation VR had originally been scheduled to launch in the first half of this year, but Sony will wait until later this year to ensure there’s a broad selection of VR games and enough headsets to avoid shortages, said Andrew House, president of CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment. He was speaking at an event on the sidelines of the Games Developers Conference in San Francisco.

The headset will cost $399, €399 and £349.

That’s a good deal cheaper than the competing Oculus Rift headset, which will cost $599, and the HTC Vive, which will cost $799 bundled with accessories. Both are due on sale later in 2016.

At the event, I had the chance to try out the PlayStation VR and a few of the VR games under development.

The PlayStation VR features a 5.7″ OLED display with 960×1080 pixel resolution. That’s good enough to enjoy the games but still falls well short of real life 360-degree video.

Sony says there’s an 18 millisecond lag between movement and it appearing on screen, which is apparently fast enough to make everything seem real. Sony is doubtless hoping users will agree.

IDG News Service

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