Sony Interactive Entertainment, LLC (SIE) has launched PlayStation VR (PS VR), the latest member of the PlayStation 4 (PS4) family. With the new PS VR headset, the multinational producer of video games consoles has marked its entry into the virtual reality (VR) market.
Sony’s PlayStation VR is considered as a game changer making the year 2016 as the year of virtual reality in every sense. The year 2016 also witnessed the launch of other two head mounted displays – Oculus Rift VR and HTC Vive.
If you already own a PS4 home video game console, you can just connect the headset to it and add PlayStation Camera. Now you can get immersed in the surprising new gaming worlds. The price of the new PlayStaion VR is $550. But if you don’t own PlayStation 4 Camera, and the motion-tracked Move controllers, the cost will shoot up to $1200.
Features of PlayStation VR
The new PlayStation VR comes equipped with cutting edge 5.7” OLED screen and 3D audio and 360 degree vision to bring hyper-real 3D environments to life. The 360 degree immersion of PS VR makes you part of the amazing gaming environ. The new PlayStation VR offers 120 visuals per second, and also features integrated microphone in the headset.
The PlayStation Camera has dual lenses and 3D depth sensors. Precision tracking is assured by the nine LEDs positioned on the front, back and sides of the PS VR headset.
The precision control aspect of the PS4 is enhanced by PSVR by making every game compatible with the DUALSHOCK 4 wireless controller. PlayStation Move motion controller further enhances the immersion experience.
According to reports, only around 30 games are available at launch. The number will go up to 50 games by the end of the year, as promised by Sony. More than 230 developers and publishers have committed to producing VR games for this headset. Some of the launch games include Rez Infinite, Eve: Valkyrie, Resident Evil 7, and RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Biohazard etc.
According to Australia’s leading independent emerging technology analyst firm Telsyte, 2.5 million Australian households are expected to have virtual reality headsets by 2020. The Telsyte Australian VR & AR Market Study 2017 predicts that about 115,000 VR headset units will be sold in the second half of 2016 with sales rapidly growing to over 500,000 units in 2017. The situation is favourable as there are already one million PlayStation 4 consoles installed in Australian households. Telsyte estimates that about 65% of VR hardware revenue will be generated by PlayStation VR in H2 2016. This prediction is backed by Telsyte survey findings which indicate that 20 per cent of PS4 users indicate a desire to buy a VR headset.
PlayStation VR is a virtual reality head-mounted display that was known by the codename ‘Project Morpheus’ during development phase.
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