An interview with GameStop CEO Paul Raines triggered speculation that Sony will delay the PlayStation VR until the fall.
The Sony PlayStation VR has no official release date and no official price. That did not stop reports that interpreted a statement by GameStop CEO Paul Raines as a delay of the launch. He said that GameStop would launch the PlayStation VR this fall in an interview with Fox News.
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The Oculus Rift starts to ship in March and the HTC Vive is schedule for an April release. Both require a PC, which is the key disadvantage compared to the Sony PlayStation VR.
The PlayStation VR only requires a Sony PS4 to work. The Oculus Rift requires a $1,000 Windows 10 PC. This fact alone renders any discussions about delays irrelevant. Once Sony launches the PlayStation VR it will be instantly the market leader because of the PS4 install base. It will also be the go to VR solution for consumers not owning a PS4. A PS4 console sells for $350, which is a third of the cost a PC costs that can support the Oculus Rift.
Speaking of the Oculus Rift. If you pre-order now, you have to wait until July to get shipment. The March launch is an over statement. The Facebook company can't apparently scale production as Sony will be able to do this Fall.
The Sony PlayStation VR headset is equipped with a 5.7 inch 1920x1080 resolution OLED display. This new screen expands the field of view and enables low persistence, removing motion blur.
Games for PlayStation VR can be rendered at 120fps. When combined with the OLED display’s high refresh rate and the power of PS4, it means PS VR outputs amazingly smooth visuals.
Low latency is crucial for a great VR experience, and Sony reduced latency to less than 18ms, about half of what the first PlayStation VR prototype had. It helps to deliver a sense of presence and comfort to players.
By utilizing 3D audio technology uniquely developed by SCE, sounds that players hear will also change in real-time depending on their head orientation within the 360-degree virtual space. Furthermore, by using PlayStation Move (PS Move) Motion Controller or Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK 4), players can explore virtual environments, and interact with virtual characters as if they are actually present in the world of a game.
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