Sony is now gearing up to launch to the PlayStation VR this fall. The Japanese gaming company claims its new VR headset is very immersive and makes players feel they are really inside the game. Now, here's the latest round-up of update about PSVR release date, specs, and price.
The PlayStation VR is scheduled to become available on Oct. 13. Sony announced the first set of VR games that will be playable on the new hardware. Some of the VR-ready games are Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, Gran Turismo Sport, Farpoint, Here They Lie, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and Rez Infinite. The latter is capable of running at 4K resolution with smoother framerates, according to Digital Trends.
Furthermore, Batman Arkham VR goes on sale on October too. This game puts players behind the famous Bat costume in the Dark Knight's universe. In addition, players have to solve a new Gotham City mystery as Batman himself. Check out the game's trailer here.
Interested buyers of the PlayStation VR can pre-order the hardware now at PlayStation website. The VR headset costs $399, and comes with processor unit, USB cable, HDMI cable, headphones, VR headset connection cable and power cord.
There are also PSVR bundles that comes with Batman Arkham VR, PlayStation VR Worlds and Mechanized Combat League.
As for the specs of PlayStation VR, its display screen measures 5.7 inches with a resolution of 1920 x RGB x 1080. Plus, it has view field of around 100 degrees and can produce 120 frames per second. To complete the package, the headset has a cinematic mode with 3D audio processing.
According to Forbes, PlayStation VR has an advantage over Oculus Rift and HTC Vive when it comes to marketability. The Rift and Vive need a powerful PC in order to work, forcing consumers to shell out more than $1,000 if they don't own a VR-ready PC. On the other hand, PSVR works with the current PlayStation 4 console, making it more affordable to PS gamers. With over 40 million PS4s out in the world, Sony's new VR hardware starts with a huge base market.
However, some tech expects worry that PSVR may struggle to find a wide audience. As of now, the VR technology is still searching for its killer app that would encourage tech enthusiasts to adopt the new technology.
With the upcoming release of PSVR, can Sony make the virtual reality mainstream? Let's wait and see.