April 27, 2016

When it comes to virtual reality devices, there is only a handful worth mentioning; and one of them is the PlayStation®VR. After Sony teased all of us at the 2014 Game Developers Conference, we finally have a launch date (woohoo!).

Originally called “Project Morpheus”, the PS VR is slated for release in October this year and is priced way below its major competitors – the Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive – at US$399 (this doesn’t include the PlayStation®Camera or Move Motion Controllers needed for a full VR setup). Sure, those rival devices might claim to offer better visuals but you’ll only be able to maximise their potential if you invest in a more powerful, high-end computer. Besides, if you’re one of the 36 million people around the world who already owns a PS4, then it’s settled. Also, with more than 230 developers and publishers like 2K Games and Ubisoft® already working on content for the PS VR, you can expect more than 50 titles, including games like Eagle Flight (Ubisoft) and EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games), to be released by the end of the year. To make things even more exciting, an all-new Star Wars: Battlefront gaming experience is currently being developed exclusively for PS VR. Imagine coming face-to-face with Darth Vader or flying a TIE fighter in VR.


So what will you get when you head out to purchase the PS VR this October? A VR headset weighing approximately 610g with a 5.7-inch OLED display, a eld of view of about 100 degrees in 1920×1080 resolution and other hardware essentials like the processor unit, VR headset connection cable, HDMI cable, USB cable, stereo headphones, AC power cord and AC adaptor. Oh, did we mention it supports 3D audio?


Sony PlayStation®VR, US$399. Available in October this year.