Sony has finally announced that the PlayStation VR will cost $399 and will be available in October 2016.
The news was shared during a short Sony keynote at the 2016 Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, CA. So it looks like the Fall ship date of PlayStation VR we uncovered during an interview with GameStop’s CEO is no longer a rumor.
A price of $399 is considerably lower then competing VR systems like the Oculus Rift that starts at $599 and the HTC Vive which sells for $799. Even more significantly, PlayStation VR will run off your PlayStation 4 if you already own that, where the Rift and Vive all require a powerful PC that could set you back $1,000 plus.
It should be noted that the price of $399 does not include the company’s Move controllers or the PlayStation Camera – all of which are required in order to jump into virtual reality.
Sony confirmed that the consumer version of the PlayStation VR will have the same technical specs that we’ve heard about: the main 5.7-inch OLED screen is capable of displaying games at up to 120 frames per second, and has a resolution of “1920 x RGB x 1080,” meaning each pixel gets full RGB color.
PlayStation VR features can be seen in video below:
Sony also announced during the keynote that they will be releasing 50 games between the October launch and the end of the year. Titles were kept vague but we were able to confirm that a VR version of Star War: Battlefront will come exclusively to the PlayStation VR.
Other Sony PlayStation VR exclusive titles announced include VR Luge, Dangerball, Into the Deep, The London Heist, Tumble VR and Scavengers Odyssey.