Sony’s VR Release Date and Price Announced – Will Feature Star Wars Battlefront
Sony’s anticipated PlayStation VR headset (once known as the Morpheus) will cost $200 less than the Oculus Rift and and $400 less than HTC’s Vive. While the Rift requires a PC with a high-end GPU and can play Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10 PCs, the PlayStation VR naturally works with the PS4 (36M+ units sold to date).
The research firm IHS has forecast that about 53 million people will own a PlayStation 4 console – which is required to use the new PlayStation VR – by the end of this year.
The VR sports a 5.7″ OLED display with a 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution and 120Hz. refresh rate. It supports 360-degree motion tracking (enabled by 9 LEDs) and a 100-degree field-of-view, and has a latency of less than 18 milliseconds. The headset can be used with the PS4’s DualShock 4 controller or the PlayStation Move’s controller.
It predicts 1.6 million people will buy Sony’s headset before 2017 and that the biggest limit on sales will be the speed at which it can manufacture the device.
Sony expects 50 VR-capable games to be released between the device’s October launch and the end of 2016. The list will include Star Wars: Battlefront and Valkyrie. Read the full list here.
While the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift can feature games with better graphics (assuming you have a high end GPU), the PlayStation VR provides a faster refresh rate – allowing it to display 120 frames per second, rather than the 90fps limit of its rivals – which should make its games seem smoother and less likely to cause motion sickness.
Price: $399 excluding tax
Release date: October 2016
Hardware required: PlayStation 4
Controls: DualShock 4 gamepad, PlayStation Move hand batons, PlayStation 4 motion-sensing camera
Resolution: 1,920 by 1,080 pixels
Field of view: 100 degrees
Refresh rate: 120Hz