They say, it is better late than never. While Sony has promised to release its VR headset in the first half of 2016, it is finally hitting stores in October. Known as Project Morpheus, so far, it is officially christened PlayStaion VR. It is the first VR headset to accompany the current gen consoles.
As opposed to the Sulon Q, showcased at the GDC earlier today, the PlayStation VR is headset does not house computing unit. It draws power from the PS4 instead. The VR headset sports a Full HD OLED screen. According to the Japanese company, over 230 developers are building content for PlayStation VR, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers. Sony expects at least 50 games dujring the launch. With install base of around 40 million PlayStation 4 users, Sony should not have a problem selling a few million VR headsets.
With the announcement, Sony may have also started a much-needed price wars in the VR space. Although it is not an affordable product for $400, it is relatively cheaper compared to the HTC Vive $800 and Oculus $600. it also comes as a blow to the Xbox One, already trailing way behind the Japanese console.
Additionally, The Playroom VR, from our very own Japan Studio, will be available as a free download from PlayStation Store for all PS VR owners at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games. Out of the lot, London Heist received a lot of love from gamers at the GDC 2016.