2016 is going to be the year of virtual reality as we are about to get the likes of the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR. It is said that the Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, as well as the HTC Vive, will make their way into the consumer market by next month. Sony had already decided to join in the fray long ago, and their own device for their popular home gaming console is also about to get into the hands of PlayStation 4 owners, albeit much later than its competitors. The PlayStation virtual reality headset will be released on October of this year. While awaiting fans who have to wait a whole lot longer for the unit, their patience would be rewarded by way of the device placed at a lower price point than its two competitors.
PlayStation VR Will Release on October of 2016
The information about the price and release date for the PlayStation VR were revealed during the recent Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It would also seem that Sony is pricing their VR headset to directly compete with the likes of the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift. Unlike its competing headsets, Sony’s device won’t need a high-end gaming rig to work properly. However, it does require users to have a PlayStation 4.
Even though consumers just own a consumer instead of a high-powered personal computer, it is still a whole lot cheaper in comparison. However, there are indeed a lot of virtual reality headsets that are priced way lower than even the PlayStation Virtual Reality Headset such as the Samsung Gear VR. However, such a headset was made for smartphones and would therefore contain lower hardware specs than those being used for computers, or in this case a home gaming console.
The October release date was not intentional as it was supposedly seen to be launched in a similar date with its competitors. However, it was announced that it will be released in the aforementioned month because it is delayed. While the firm would have lost some precious months to go with the flow of the competition, it still hopes to convince hardcore gamers to wait.
The PlayStation VR offers many features that even go beyond the category of videogaming. There’s the “cinematic mode” wherein the firm said it will “let users enjoy a variety of content in a large virtual screen.” It is pretty much like having a home theater stuck to a screen in front of your face.