For just $399 / €399 /£349 / AUD$549 you can get your hands on the new technology when it releases this October. While this certainly is more than we were expecting, this is still $200 cheaper than the Oculus Rift and $400 cheaper than the HTC Vive.
At this price, you’re probably wondering what comes in the package. In addition to the VR headset, you’ll receive a processor unit, connection cables, HDMI and USB cables, headphones, and a power supply. By purchasing the device, you also gain access to The Playroom in VR for free. This will include six mini-games to enjoy with your new headset.
What you’ll notice is that the package does not include the Playstation Camera or the Move controllers. While only the Camera is really required, you’d probabaly want the controllers to get the most out of the headset. Many games will operate just fine with the standard PS4 controller though. The Playstation Camera is currently on sale on Amazon for $45 while the Move controllers are available for between $20 – 30.
In addition to pricing and availability, Sony announced that 50 games will be available on Playstation VR this year. There are also more thatn 230 developers who are currently working with the device. These developers range from small indie companies to larger studios with the top publishers. One of these developers is DICE who has teamed up with Sony for a Star Wars Battlefront VR experience that will be exclusive to Playstation VR.
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The headset also features a Cinematic Mode. According to Sony, it “lets users enjoy a variety of content in a large virtual screen.” Compatible with this mode are standard PS4 games, videos, and 360 degree photos and videos that have been captured by omnidirectional cameras.
We are definitely excited to see what comes of VR as a whole. The Playstation VR price definitely sets it apart, so we’ll have to wait and see how the industry responds.
You’ll be able to Pre-order PlayStation VR on Amazon here tomorrow.