Virtual reality has long been hailed as the future of gaming and home entertainment, and now it’s taken a step closer to your living room.
Sony has finally announced a release date and price for its long-in-the-works PlayStation VR headset at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
The device is compatible with PlayStation 4 and will arrive this October at a hefty price of £349 in the UK and $399 in the US.
Users plug it into their console, strap the device to their head and with the high definition screen and motion tracking technology are able to fully explore immersive video game worlds.
Andrew House, president and global CEO of PlayStation, said of the launch: “[It’s] 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.”
Sony say more than 50 titles will be available by the end of 2016 as 230 developers – from Ubisoft to Electronic Arts – work on VR games.
Star Wars: Battlefront will be getting a makeover in VR, while shoot ’em up London Heist and the next instalment in the Gran Turismo series are also on the way.
“PlayStation VR represents a transformative experience in gaming.”
All PlayStation headset owners will be able to get The Playroom VR, containing six games, as a free download on launch.
This year will see a huge mass-market push in the technology. Prior to PlayStation, Facebook will debut its Oculus Rift in April at a price of £499.
Gamers will need a high-spec desktop PC to use the Facebook device. Arriving the same month is the HTC Vive, which will set you back £689 and needs a PC with Windows 7 or higher to run.
Another option is the Samsung Gear VR headset. That’s already on the market at £80, but it requires a £580 Galaxy smartphone to attach to.
PlayStation offers up a more affordable option, and with their 20-year history of delivering quality gaming they may well strike the first killer blow in the VR arms race.