The next evolution in gaming comes to us in the form of virtual reality. Imagine a headset that can transport you into the worlds of the games you play! First they called it Project Morpheus, now they call it PlayStation VR. We’ve got a full list of the games coming out for it, and all the latest news!
Playstation VR Release Date
The PlayStation VR released in October of 2016 as confirmed on March 15, 2016.
Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Worldwide Studios, discussed the device in one of his blog posts saying quote: “Our goal with VR is to deliver a sense of presence, making the player feel as though they’ve stepped inside the world of a game.”
PlayStation VR Price
Sony announced that the headset costs $399 at launch in October of 2016. It's worth noting that this is the price of the headset which does not include the PlayStation Camera ($60) and the cost of any move controllers used with the games. Other games will use the DualShock 4.
PlayStation VR Specs
The latest version of PlayStation VR has some impressive specifications. Here are the current hardware specs inside of the device:
- Full HD 1920xRGBx1080 resolution (960xRGBx1080 Per Eye)
- 5.7 inch OLED display
- 100-degree field of vision
- Contains an accelerometer & gyroscope
- RGB subpixels (smooth out the image)
- 120 Hz refresh rate - Super Low Latency - Under 18ms
- Positional tracking with 9 LEDs - 360 degree head tracking
- 3D Audio with stereo mini jack and microphone inputs
- HDMI and USB interfaces
Sony has already said that the device will connect to the PS4 via HDMI. It will also have a box that comes with it that handles some of the extra processing power needed for the device. The box will also have an HDMI out that allows the game to be displayed on the TV for other people in the room.
The PlayStation VR uses the PS4 Camera to track the movement of your head so you can look around and see the world move with you. The camera supposedly tracks the headset 1,000 times per second to ensure the experience is smooth.
Some VR games will use the DualShock 4, while others will also use the PlayStation Move motion controller. Neither of these are included with the headset, nor is the camera which is required. Sony reasons that in the case of the camera, many people already have one, which is why it's not included in the price of the headset.
PlayStation VR’s Competitors
The PS4’s virtual reality headset is not the only one on the market, but it’s by far the most promising one with a huge list of titles already confirmed. That being said, it’s important to know thy enemy. So, here’s a quick look at the other headsets competing with PlayStation VR:
1. The Oculus Rift
The Oculus Rift is arguably the first major VR headset to hit the market when it was put on Kickstarter. It blasted through its goals and started on a path to greatness. Then, Facebook purchased the company for $2 billion! Things were looking good, but then the headset’s price came out.
$600 to pre-order one. That’s not taking into account the cost of a PC that can run Oculus Rift games. The estimated cost of such a PC is $1,500. Suddenly PlayStation VR is looking real good.
2. Microsoft HoloLens
The HoloLens is something Microsoft has shown a few times, but we don’t know anything about the price or the release date yet. Unlike virtual reality, the HoloLens is actually an augmented reality headset. Instead of placing you into the game’s world, this headset puts the game in your world.
You’ll see the world in front of you, but it will be different. The characters and environments place themselves onto your world. A great example is the Minecraft demo from E3 2015. This shows someone using the HoloLens to play Minecraft as if it existed on a table in front of them. It’s a great way to see how this technology works.
3. HTC Vive
The HTC Vive is another PC-based headset that is partnering with Valve to build not only a headset, but hand controllers as well to fully immerse you in the experience. This headset’s specs are quite the same as the PlayStation VR, but it does have two high resolution screens and 90 Hz refresh rate.
Each of these headsets are employing some sort of hand controller similar to PlayStation Move, so it’s clear that Sony set the precedent here in terms of physical interaction. What do you think of the PlayStation VR headset? Will you be buying it,or any of the games, at launch? Tell us in the comments!
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