The PlayStation VR Release Date was confirmed at this year’s Game Developer Conference alongside other major advancements from the VR community. There was a huge buzz around the Sony camp with more news about the hotly anticipated PlayStation VR – previously and more creatively named “Project Morpheus”. The next leap in technology is well underway, with the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift near release and the Samsung GearVR and Google Cardboard already flying off the shelves.
So what have we found out about Sony’s poster boy piece in virtual reality? Well to start, its being priced at a more conservative £349 – compared to a whopping £689 for the HTV Vive and £499 for the Oculus Rift. Do take note though, you will have to purchase a PlayStation camera (£35) and 2 x PlayStation Move motion controller (£15 each), to get the best out of the experience.
I’m already sure that this will be a more appealing product to a lot of gamers out there, its compatibility with the PlayStation 4 console means you wont be forking out £900+ for a super computer needed to run some of the competing VR headsets. Another bonus for the PlayStation community is that the list of titles tipped to be available from the release date in October 2016 is looking fairly tasty, but it’s also important to add, very diverse. One that we’re excited about is Star Wars:Battlefront. It’s been a firm favourite of ours here at VR and stuff, and will be exclusive to the Playstation platform. With 50 games set to be released between October 2016 and December 2016, we are confident that there is going to be something for everyone to sink their teeth into. Heres a video showing some more of the games available.
Now, to get a bit more technical: the first thing to note is that it doesn’t boast the highest spec out of the main three VR headsets to be released this year- see Oculus Rift vs HTC Vive – it does however claim to have a higher refresh rate of 120Hz, this could result in smoother head-tracking. It’s also worth noting that the device has a 1920×1080 resolution compared to the 2160×1200 on the other devices.
An exciting element of the device is the external connector box that sits between the VR headset and the PS4. This box has a HDMI input to receive video from the PS4 and fire it your TV screen. This feature may be an attempt from Sony to move away from the fear of Virtual Reality being unsociable and giving you an opportunity to play with friends and share the experience.
Its going to be a ground breaking year for virtual reality and the Sony Playstation VR will definitely be battling for top spot come Christmas 2016, despite being released some 6 months after its competitors. The immersive experience on every platform is like nothing you’ve seen before, if you haven’t tried it yet, you need to! If you can’t wait for the Playstation VR release date to try out Virtual Reality then we recommend you get involved with something like the Samsung Gear VR first.
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