We’ve known that the Playstation VR was coming for a while now, but at GDC 2016 we finally have more details on what to expect from Sony’s upcoming VR headset. Most importantly, we now know the PS VR will arrive this October at a price point of just $399.
That’s a pretty impressive price tag, but what comes in the box? The Playstation VR includes an HDMI cord for connecting to the PS4, a USB cable, a pair of stereo headphones, an add-on processor box, an AC power cord and brick, and the PS VR headset itself. That means, in addition to buying (or already owning) a Sony Playstation 4, you’ll also need to pick up a Playstation Camera and move controls, which adds another $110 to the cost.
This puts the Playstation VR’s total investment costs around $910 by the time you buy the camera, motion controllers, the headset, and a Playstation 4. That sounds like a lot and certainly isn’t chump change, but it’s still significantly cheaper than the investment costs for the Rift or Vive, which is somewhere around the $1500 to $2000 mark depending on what machine you get, what headset you pick up, and so forth. Obviously if you already have a PS4 or a high-end PC that changes the math a little.
The Playstation VR is admittedly not quite as powerful as the Vive or Rift, but it’s still pretty impressive and only a small step downward in terms of graphics. The Playstation VR runs at a max refresh rate of 120Hz and offers 100-degree field of view with less than 18ms latency. The PS VR comes with a 5.7-inch OLED display with a resolution of 1920×1080, which means 960×1080 per eye. That’s a lower resolution than the 2160 x 1200 you’ll get with the Vive and Rift, but should still provide a pretty impressive experience.
As for the games? Sony promise to have 5 games ready between the October launch and the end of 2016. Here’s the titles that have been confirmed so far:
- Gary the Gull
- Harmonix Music VR
- Job Simulator
- Joshua Bell: Immersive Experience (tech demo)
- Megaton Rainfall
- Playroom VR
- Star Wars: Battlefront VR experience
- Tumble VR
- Waltz of the Wizard
- Wayward Sky
- Xing: The Land Beyond
Sony hopes that the Playstation VR will be able to take VR mainstream, and while it remains seen if they will accomplish this goal, the lower total investment price over the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive could ring better with the ‘average Joe’ gamer.