PlayStation VR to launch in October for $399, future of gaming is now affordable
Virtual reality headset market is poised at such a juncture where each manufacturer wants to make its mark. Realistically speaking, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR are the three main VR devices that customers want to bank on for the moment. While Oculus and HTC have revealed prices for release dates for their devices, Sony was lagging behind. Taking the opportunity to impress the takers, Japanese giant has announced that PlayStation VR will retail beginning October 2016 for $399. Announcement was made at the 30th Game Developers Conference underway in San Fransisco.
Announcing starting price of $599.99 for Oculus Rift, founder and inventor of the device, Palmer Luckey had tweeted; High-end VR is expensive, but Rift is obscenely cheap for what it is.
HTC Vive is priced at $799, almost twice the price announced for PlayStation VR.
With the starting price for their virtually reality headset, Sony has certainly altered Luckey’s statement for good.
The PlayStation VR launch date may be slightly later than what Sony had previously decided, but the price of their VR headset is something that has got the tech fraternity talking and Oculus and HTC thinking.
In the announcement, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, Andrew House informed, close to 230 developers (independent and studios alike) are currently creating content for the PlayStation VR. House said Sony is expecting upward of 50 games to be available for PS VR at launch in October. And this number will continue to grow, with more developers building content for the device.
Adding to the excitement, House said, the Playroom VR will be available as free download from PlayStation Store for every PlayStation VR owner right from the time of launch.
VR headsets are the future of gaming, and competitive pricing of the PlayStation means over time the tech will be affordable for all genre of gamers.
Source: PlayStation Blog