PlayStation VR: Launching October for $399

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PlayStation VR: Launching October for $399

With the annual Game Developers Conference in full swing, I’m pleased to give you an exciting update on PlayStation VR. Today, we are announcing that the PlayStation VR headset will launch in October of this year for a suggested retail price of USD $399 / CAD $549.

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That is a bit later than the timeframe we previously stated, and I want to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. PlayStation VR represents a transformative experience in gaming, and we wanted to take the time needed to launch with a broad variety of content and a sufficient supply of hardware. We are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers.

I’m also pleased to reveal the final consumer version of PS VR, including all of the contents that will come in the package.

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Today more than 230 developers are building content for PlayStation VR, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers. We expect to have more than 50 games available from launch in October 2016 until the end of the year. Of course, the full promise of PlayStation VR will continue to grow over time as talented developers create new experiences and new genres that wouldn’t be possible outside of VR. The future looks bright indeed.

Additionally, The Playroom VR, from our very own Japan Studio, will be available as a free download from PlayStation Store for all PS VR owners at launch. The Playroom VR will include six games that can be enjoyed with friends and family, demonstrating why we believe VR can also be an impactful experience when it’s shared.

With PlayStation VR, the future of gaming is almost here. We’re excited to share more with you as we head into launch later this year.

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  • This will be lame in comparison to the htc vive. There’s a reason that you need a high end gaming pc to run VR without motion sickness. This will end up being just like the vita, you just watch. Sorry everyone, but Sony will need a PS5 to pull this one off the right way, not a cheap 4 year old AMD GPU. This is just the truth.

  • It looks cool and all but I am not too crazy about price. The question one has to ask is it really worth it. I feel VR Tech is not where it should be.I have seen the The Oculus and I know a lot VR Tech is basic off this. Even that Oculus is still far from true vision but with anything you have start somewhere. I wish you all well On this venture. I will observer like all way have on that note.

  • I don’t understand the UK price. €400 does not equal £350. With the current exchange rate it works out at £312. So where is that extra £38 coming from? It would be cheaper for me to wait until I go on holiday, pick it up for the € price and bring it home with me.

    I’d pay £350 with the camera included.

  • is the $399 for the headset only or for that whole package of gear?

  • Honestly, the price is slightly high for main stream adoption. It is quite a gamble coming from a company who put out PSTV and VITA and never properly supported them.

    With that said, I enjoy gambling with Sony products and will likely purchase this, however wont be surprised in the slightest if no more games are made after 12 months, and Sony never mentions it again as if it never happened.

    So, in order to preorder, do we need to wait for E3? My one recommendation is to announce the pre order date IN ADVANCE so that those who want to own this for themselves (and not buy to rip off someone who can’t find them) can prepare and get their purchase in before they sell out.

    I wish Sony the best of luck with this product, as my money rides on it as well. I Hope to see a game worth playing soon though, and not just more “omg its vr” demos.

  • I remembered when the MOVE came out I was like, “I won’t buy unless Star Wars is involved”; but now with VR it’s like, “I may buy since there’s Star Wars… but Sword Art Online or .Hack// would make it REALLY worth while!”

  • Hi, I was wondering why the cost for the VR is $550 Canadian and only $400 US. The Canadian dollar is around 0.74 right now but it shouldn’t be that big a difference. I am really exited for it but I don’t think it is worth buying in Canada when I could just buy it in America for $150 less.

  • Why does this say $399 but if I try to pre order it is $549????

  • I tried the PSVR at CES…. It’s GOING to be worth it as long as the games are created to support it… The experience was amazing! And since I don’t already have an Oculus-ready computer… PSVR IS A DEAL

  • I would like if they put anime games like dragon ball z, one piece,naruto and more

    • I agree, I plan to get this no matter what but I would be crazy hyped for an anime based game to. I’m really unsure on how it will work though as most anime games like that are fighting and extremely fast paced it might be a little freaky to play a game like that. Also it may be difficult too as apposed to a normal action adventure where you’re a little more in control of what’s going on either way I would still love to see it happen though

  • I’m skeptical about the re-projection MRKNOWLDGE mentioned. Even after going and reading multiple articles it seems more like a gimmick with a slight chance to work. It is taking an average between the previous frame and the following frame and inserting a frame made with the average of the two, That still has a lot of potential to be blurry and possibly add even more jittering if it isn’t implemented correctly. To ask a gpu that is already taxed to render a frame ahead then compute an average and insert that before displaying the already rendered frame sounds like a laggy nightmare. I do understand it is basically displaying a low quality picture without any real 3d rendering between the two normal frames but it is yet more work for the gpu. Even if it works beyond expected you are still asking the gpu to basically double its workload because of the two images even if it is only really rendering 60 frames per second.

    • I’m glad Sony is making this but I don’t see it as anything more then practice for a fully featured VR set with the ps5. The ps4 just can’t do high quality graphics and VR at the same time. The extremely weak cpu is going to take a hit due to all the extra processing associated with VR reducing it’s ability to make draw calls which is going to be extremely important since there will be two screens already reducing what the gpu may be able to do. Another thing I haven’t seen mentioned is the issue with vram. We are already under 7gb of ram after the os and what not gets its chunk then the game needs a certain amount for cpu related tasks leaving us with at best 5gb for vram and honestly I think it’s closer to 4gb.

    • With one screen doing 60fps at 1080 that’s plenty if it is at least as high as 4gb. That’s just going to be pushing it with two screens. This is all assuming a rock steady best case 60fps which the ps4 just doesn’t do with one screen. It may get close but a lot of that motion sickness stuff is from frame rate drops as well. If you are artificially doubling 60fps to get to 120fps every single frame dropped now becomes two frames dropped. Plenty 60fps games drop well under 50fps so fluctuating between 90-120 fps with half the frames being a lower quality insertion smells like trouble unless graphics quality is lowered a lot compared to our standard games which would be fine by me but doesn’t seem like mention of that has been heard.

    • I apologize to everyone who has to put up with my extremely long winded post that seemingly bashes the ps4 vr. I just want to see what they are really doing with it and not just fake hype with ctors pretending to be using it in what videos I did see.

    • Until I’m shown otherwise I am thinking given the hardware and all the extras we need to buy that the ps4 VR is being marketed claiming much more then it is. I honestly hope I am 100% wrong and everyone who buys one feels they got their moneys worth. Again sorry.

  • Hahaha $550 Canadian? With the rip offs you’ve given to Canadians this gen and your pay for online on a ****** service that’s sluggish and down often…. I have the money. You will not get it from me. And I was once a first day buyer of this. But **** that.

  • (Sarcastically) I’m so mad I can’t get it for 399 pesos. I mean in Mexico it’s Going to cost 6930 pesos. That’s bull****. Everyone should get it for 399 right? …………… where do people get their logic from about pricing. Maybe you should just move to the USA and you could get more for your money.

    • Or how about 399 yen, cause I don’t think it’s fair to have to pay 44289 yen for it either. It should be 399 across the board right? Lmao

  • The VR package is cheap. Anyone smart will purchase the camera and controllers now, and then start saving fro the big $399 chunk. You have a few months to save.

    The Move controllers really need a design update, especially for use with VR. They are bulky, ugly, and have little utilitarian use.

  • I will not be surprise if someone will actually die in real life while playing VR. lol

  • Does it need an 3DTV to work?

  • I cannot wait for VR to come out I’m so excited. Microsoft should come out with one for the Xbox one and I will buy it for Xbox one too.

    • Na, MS already did their one big stupid gimmick with the Kinect. Look at Nintendo, they keep doing it back to back and people think they might pull out of the home console market now.
      Hopefully after VR flops Sony will go back to focusing on games.

  • I really do not understand why a lot of people are complaining. I understand the conversion rate might be higher and that’s unfortunate but those countries usually have a higher wage rate for getting paid as apposed to someone in the US which we don’t have very high wages unless you work a high end job so $400 is just as expensive here as other countries with higher than $400 after conversion. With that being said most of us here already have ps4s and I had a PS move since launch and got a camera for the playroom a was a bit disappointed with how little I was able to use it so this is great I was still super hyped for this regardless and can’t wait to pick it up. I own a Samsung gear VR and its great but the downside is it uses your phone and overheats quite a bit which can be annoying so I can’t wait to use PSVR and enjoy all the media as well as gaming experience

  • @Blaine

    It’s because the gaming industry knows they can overprice us Canadians because we are to polite to say or do anything about it. The price for the PS VR is actually $699 at my EB Games with 2 move controllers, camera, game and headset. Which I only need 2 of that bundle so I will wait for Boxing day and get it at a discount for just the headset.

  • Defently buying it seem like a really awsome product and im a huge fan for virtual the way would there be a possible future for cross network playing.

  • Sony! Please listen to this!

    The Playstation VR needs to accept any HDMI signal and display it on the headset. Like the Sony HMZ-T1 personal 3d viewer. That would allow ps3 owners the ability to play the wonderful selection of 3d supported games on it. That would be an easy thing to include. PLEASE INCLUDE THIS FEATURE!

  • Does anyone know if it will be possible to have 2-4 people, using a playstation VR each, in the same room (local play) all at the same time?
    My dream is to have myself and 3 friends over, and play Gran Turismo Sport (when it’s released) against each other in the same room, using a steering wheel and pedals each. (This may cost a lot to get all the kit, but if it can be done, I’d do it!!)
    Split screen doesn’t do the job visually, so I wondered if we each wore our own VR, we’d be enjoying our own personal view of the game; could that work?
    I know you can use multiplayer playstation move controllers as the camera will pick up the different colours, I thought this may work the same way with the VR.

  • It cost to much me + my eyes are not that good I Love to game but at what cost . I Don’t think VR is good for the eye’s

  • The big thing will be support from game makers,if that goes nowhere…so will the PSVR. If there is a limited amount of units available at launch, and they have a tough time resupplying the market, and gams are only selling 1000 copies,.and game makers aren’t seeing a return, then it will fail. And Sony has let support for 3D, PS Move, PS Vita all fall to nothing. That would be my biggest concern in shelling out the money, that in a year it will be gathering dust like my Vita and my Move.

    Honestly, I am 46 years old,and have seen all kinds of peripherals come and go,and in the end the common theme among the majority of gamers is this,sitting on a couch with a controller in hand playing a game. That has never changed,ever. And it will continue to be the majority of the way people play games on console. I think the VR thing is being totally oversold by those with an interest in selling units and making money…not from gamers…and although the tech may be cool,we all have seen this over and over again. Ask your Xbox friends how many people really use the Kinect in any meaningful way,and that had all sorts of potential, but MS has pretty much abandoned it, they hardly ever mention it.

  • Not sure yet what to think on this one, reserved it, and am hoping for great things (Like walking through The Division) in VR mode. Hopefully there will be some kind of cross from the 4 games to the VR because thats what we all truly want. Think of playing Fallout or the next SKATE (Announced), or SNOW which should be coming out sometime this year, on the VR. The game titles so far kinda look like crap, but then again who knows where we will be by October.

  • This looks very promising! Just like PlayStation Move. I bought Move when it came out and was very thrilled by it, but hardly any games ever came out for it. Don’t let that happen to the VR!

  • ps4 399 unless you find one 299 or wait until have on sale again 299 as for 399 for vrso much for camera and soon buy the bundle pack 499 it has everything you need for it save few bucks in process–

    I’m just wondering how much room around the player is gonna need to play and is games going to me able to be played sitting down or you gonna have stand up

  • If I go into a gamestop how much will it cost to preorder it.

  • Why are the people who already own the Camera & Move Controllers getting boned and not getting the VR Worlds game disc with their Core Bundle?

  • i feel bad bad for xbox already playstation exlcusive’s have made xbox users trade in there xbox for ps4 and that xbox has lowered the price to 199$ that is sad there going to get blown away when this comes out and phil spencer annd his crew would have made the biggest gaming mistake in gaming history ( besides segas crash )

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