In a televised interview with GameStop CEO Paul Raines on FOX Business News’ Mornings with Maria, Raines may have let it slip that Playstation VR will be launching in the Fall of 2016.
When asked by host Dagen McDowell about the impact of virtual reality on GameStop’s business, Raines shared that GameStop is preparing for major VR product releases this year and that GameStop “will launch the Sony product this Fall.”
It’s a big launch – we’re getting ready for it. We will launch the Sony product this Fall.
Raines, who became GameStop’s CEO in June 2010, is referring to Sony’s PlayStation VR system for the PlayStation 4. Up until now we only knew Sony would be releasing PlayStation VR sometime in 2016.
You can watch the full interview below where Raines begins discussing virtual reality and GameStop around the 2:42 mark.
After letting viewers know that GameStop is preparing to launch PlayStation VR, Raines stated that GameStop was also ”in discussion with the other two players,” which he is referring to Oculus and HTC. Considering that Oculus begins pre-orders for their Oculus Ready PCs and Rift Bundle today with retailers Best Buy, Amazon and Microsoft – it looks like GameStop is definitely still “in discussion.”
HTC will open pre-orders for their Vive VR headset on February 29 with yet to be released retail partners.
Speculation has been running rampant about the launch date and retail price of the PlayStation VR, but nothing has yet to be confirmed. VRScout has reached out to GameStop for comment and will report back if we hear more.