Last week the Sony Playstation VR first went up for pre-order, though at the time you could only get your hands on a special bundle that not only included the Playstation VR headset and its accompanying co-processor, but was also designed for users that needed the Playstation camera, move sensor, the two included “move” controllers, cables, and headphones. For those who already own a lot of the hardware previously listed, you’ll be happy to know that the “Core” bundle is now available as well.
The “Core” bundle includes the VR headset but omits the move sensor, Playstation camera, and Playstation move controllers included in the launch package. The Playstation Camera can be purchased separately for $60 USD, while users will need to shell out an additional $30 for each Playstation Move controller they want to add to their collection. The processor included with the device connects to a standard television to allow for a group view of the experience, and helps to render the “3D Sound” which users will experience from the headphones provided with the unit. Though the processor doesn’t add any additional power to the console, it is necessary to fully experience the content the way the developers intended. Quoting senior staff engineer Chris Norton:
“It is not extra GPU power [or] CPU power.. It is certainly not a PlayStation 4 expansion unit or upgrade.”
The headset itself comes at a resolution of 1080 x 960p for each eye, mocking a total resolution of 1920 x 1080. Sony has managed to keep these screens clocked between 90 and 120 hz, which should keep the user from getting motion sick while moving their head around the 100 degree field of view offered by the headset. Combined with the motion controllers and Playstation Camera, the new headset should offer a solid VR experience rivaling some of the units pricier rivals such as Valve’s “Vive” or Facebook’s “Oculus Rift”, which cost upwards of $800 for a unit.
Though the product is only launching with 6 titles, we can expect a plethora of new games to be launched in support of the hardware in the near future, especially with E3 coming up in June. Launch titles include: the Star Wars Battlefront VR Experience, PlayStation VR Worlds, Golem, Harmonix Music VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, and RIGS Mechanized Combat League. Availability of these titles should be massive, so we wouldn’t worry about getting your hands on a copy come launch day.
If you want either bundle, you’ll have to wait a bit, as the product doesn’t officially launch until October 31st of this year. Amazon’s pre-order availability has already run dry in its supply, though you can sign up to receive an email when stock becomes more available. Based on the speed at which the stock of bundles were depleted however, we wouldn’t be surprised if pre-order packages returned to the store very soon, and in much larger quantities. If you prefer to pick up the hardware yourself, you can submit a pre-order to Best Buy, Gamestop, Target, and Wal-Mart, and head to your local store to pick it up on launch day.
Is Sony’s new headset something you would be interested in? Have you submitted a pre-order already?
Via: Digital Trends