The Sony PlayStation VR virtual reality headset will also launch in China confirmed Sony today.
Sony is set to take over the virtual reality home market in October with the release of the PlayStation VR headset. The accessory for the Sony PS4 will retail for $399. This is $200 lower than the Oculus Rift and the Sony VR solution only requires a $350 PS4 to run and not a $1,000 Windows PC.
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Sony announced today according to Chinese news service Xinhua to launch the PlayStation VR in mainland China on October 13. This release in China will be at the same time like in the United States and the rest of the world.
Sony will have 23 Virtual reality games including seven from Chinese developers available at launch in China. The PlayStation VR will cost in China with 2,999 yuan ($450). It is not clear if that is the launch bundle price, which includes the necessary PlayStation camera.
According to a recent TrendForce report, shipments of VR devices will reach 9 million units in 2016 and Sony will own out of the gate almost 70% of that market. Earlier today we reported that Facebook planned to sell 400,000 Oculus Rift in 2016.
Sony only faces HTC as competition besides the rampant growing local VR headset market. Oculus is not selling the Rift in China.
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The PlayStation VR is not as sophisticated as the Rift and Vive, but the dominating install base will be the deciding factor. Sony will pump out VR games to further establish the Sony PlayStation as the mainstream virtual reality solution. A better PlayStation is already in the works with the PlayStation Neo. With that new more powerful console, Sony is likely releasing a new PlayStation VR with better resolution and FOV.