PlayStation VR Release Margin and Pricing Announced

The release margin and price point for the long awaited PlayStation VR headset have been announced! Along with that, we have received new...
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    Earlier today at a presentation at the Game Developers Conference, Sony revealed some of the most anticipated details of the PlayStation VR headset. Starting sometime in October 2016, you will be able to purchase your very own PlayStation VR headset for around $400 USD. It is worth noting that this release window comes after the GameStop CEO announced early last month that the PlayStation VR headset will not make the projected release window of the first half of 2016.

    The pricing of the headset will obviously vary depending on region, so if you happen to live in the United Kingdom, you'll have to shell out £349, while gamers in Australia will be fronting $549.95. Since you're basically going to be paying the equivalent of a new gaming console, you're probably wondering what you'll be receiving with the PlayStation VR headset.

    Obviously you'll be getting the headset itself, with appropriate charging and docking cables. You'll also receive a pair of earbuds, and more importantly, a small hub like device will also be packaged with your headset, presumably for actually making use of the headset. Something that may catch you a bit off guard is the fact that given how much you're forking out for the headset, you won't be given a PlayStation Move controller or a PlayStation Eye Camera, both of which are required for some games.

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    Sony also took the chance to talk about the lineup of games coming with the VR headset, and they announced that there are more than 160 games currently in development spread out among 230 developers. They also stated that more than 50 of these games will be released in 2016, so a fair few of those 50 may just end up being day one launch titles.

    What do you think? Will you be picking up the PlayStation VR headset? Leave your thoughts below!

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  1. crazy96chris
    I am going to wait a couple months after it is released to see if they have any bundles worth while to come out. Spending that kind of money on just a VR headset is a bit much, but not unreasonable. I wonder if Microsoft will announce anything new for the Xbox One to be released within the next year.
  2. smelly02
    I am on the fence, I have never seemed to ever try VR. I do know I can use a rift soon because my school owns one. Then, again the price is really expensive.
  3. LifeHacks
    Not spending $300+ on this : l No way!
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  4. 3xTiNcT
    "Sony also took the chance to talk about the lineup of games coming with the VR headset, and they announced that there are more than 160 games currently in development spread out among 230 developers. They also stated that more than 50 of these games will be released in 2016"

    Glad to see they'll have quite a few games. The price is crazy though.
  5. televisedfool
    Sony's answer to Valves theatre mode. :biggrin:
  6. Hamzakid
    £349?!?!?!

    **** that. Even new ps4's don't cost that much anymore
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    1. Stonerzard
      Just wait for it to drop in price or a newer model. I've learned my lesson from pre-ordering consoles. They get upgraded and they go down to about 50% off in a year and a half. It's a competitive price fromt he market. This is the first generation of VR devices, of course they're not going to be cheap.
  7. NavK
    Good Price, hopefully it will outsell the competition.
  8. televisedfool
    I like how Sony kept their word when they said it wouldn't cost more then the price of a console for their headset.

    While some games may require the PS eye and move controllers, you can often find good deals on them with them going as low as $20-30 a piece. So in reality it's closer to $500-$550 to be absolutely set up to play any VR game.

    Honestly, Sony's biggest advantage here is that there are nearly 40 million VR capable and ready consoles sold from the get go and all PS4s are VR ready. Yes, not everyone is interested in or able to afford VR.

    Another positive is the 230+ developers have a single set of hardware to work with so it shouldn't be very hard to optimize and get the most out of these VR games.

    Definitely pre ordering one when they go up on Amazon. :biggrin:

    Edit: Can't believe I forgot about this.. PS Move won't necessarily be required.. The DS4 controller has the same.. or at least similar motion tracking thanks to the light bar. So PS Eye is about the only extra you could need.

    http://www.vg247.com/2016/03/16/playstation-vr-camera-and-move-bundle-coming-to-north-america/
  9. denz
    Apparently some of the specs are
    OLED 5.7 screen
    1920 x 1080 (960 x 1080 per eye).

    Resolution seems pretty low considering Vive and Rift are for example apparently is 2160x1200 (1080x1200 per eye). Assuming visuals will be sub par to allow high frame-rate.
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    2. televisedfool
      No, but there's quite a few analysts saying it's going to sell quite healthy.

      The above analyst being quoted is the first I have seen reveal estimates after the unveiling and pricing.

      VR is becoming bigger and bigger and nearly everyone is getting their hands in on it. I really believe that with the popularity and all the money being invested into VR gaming it can only get better.
    3. Red58
      denz, I have decided to duct tape my monitor to my face for VR, much cheaper : p
    4. denz
      Joke is on you because the monitor pixel density per inch too low.
  10. Crooks
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