The Sony virtual reality headset, the PlayStation VR, will cost $399 and will be released in October.
Sony announced the price and the release date of the Sony PlayStation VR at the GDC 2016. As anticipated the Sony virtual reality headset is considerably cheaper than the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive. The Sony PlayStation VR will sell for $399 in October. This is $200 less than the Oculus Rift and $400 cheaper than the HTC Vive.
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The $200 price difference is though not the main saving in owning a Sony virtual reality system. The PlayStation VR only requires a $350 Sony PlayStation 4 that millions already own anyway. The total cost of ownership is about $800 (including PS4 Camera). An Oculus Rift system requires a $1,000 Windows 10 PC, which makes the Oculus virtual reality system double as expensive as the Sony VR solution.
The Sony PlayStation VR package comes with a bunch of cables, but not with the required PlayStation camera needed to play VR games. The Sony PlayStation 4 camera is a $59.99 accessory that is on sale on Amazon.com for $44.08. If you plan on getting the PlayStation VR in October look for a PlayStation 4 camera deal over the next months.
Sony says that more than 230 developers are building content for PlayStation VR, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers. Sony expects to have more than 50 PlayStation VR enabled games available from launch in October 2016 until the end of the year.
Additionally, The Playroom VR, from Sony's own Japan Studio, will be available as a free download from PlayStation Store for all PS VR owners at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games that can be enjoyed with friends and family, demonstrating why we believe VR can also be an impactful experience when it’s shared.
One of the first announced PlayStation VR games is Tumble VR developed by Supermassive Games. Watch the game trailer below.
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