PlayStation VR is almost upon us. At its Game Developers Conference 2016 keynote, Sony announced that its virtual reality headset will debut in October 2016 for $399.
According to Sony, over 50 virtual reality titles will be available between October and early 2017. Aside from previously-announced VR titles such as Rigs, Eve: Valkyrie and Job Simulator, fans can also look forward to a special, VR-optimized version of Star Wars: Battlefront. This is an exclusive for Sony's system.
Hardware-wise, the final PlayStation VR features a 5.7-inch, 1920 x RGB x 1080 OLED display, a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz and 360-degree positional tracking. The headset provides a 100-degree field of view, and promises less than 18 milliseconds of latency for extra-smooth VR experiences. Sony's VR device also supports 3D audio, allowing developers to program immersive soundscapes into their games.
Even if you're not playing VR games, you can still use PlayStation VR to experience standard games, movies and streaming apps in a virtual theater view. Sony's PlayStation Video app and Playroom game will be optimized for virtual reality.
While October may seem like a long time to wait, there are more than 36 million PS4 owners and counting who will be able to tap into Sony's affordable VR headset. And $399 is a lot cheaper than the $599 Oculus Rift and $799 HTC Vive.