Last night,was a very big night for virtual reality gaming. Sony has revealed the price and launch window for PlayStation VR, and both are very promising. With both the Oculus Rift, and the HTC Vive having already revealed their price and both being received negatively, Sony had a lot to prove. Sony has been very tight lipped on price, electing to not reveal price at PSX or CES, but the flood gates of information broke yesterday at Sony’s pre-GDC VR event. Sony revealed that the PSVR would be launching in October of this year and retailing at only $399. Now I’m not saying $399 is not a lot of money, because it is. However compared to Oculus and Vive, which retail at $599 for Oculus and $799 for Vive, it will be the most affordable VR headset on the market. But make no mistake about it – PlayStation has shown its cards and The VR War has begun.
Now I had written an article a few months back explaining how I think PSVR will beat the competition and with the price now revealed, I have little doubt it will be the most sold VR headset. Now i know what many of you will think, and you’re right. PSVR isn’t in direct competition with Oculus and Vive. However, if PSVR drastically outsells the other VR headsets then this will effect developers. Developers will choose to make games and support the platforms that will have the highest chance of success, and this will be PSVR. Sony has given PSVR the highest chance of success with consumers by pricing PSVR at $399. This will also push PS4 much deeper into the future as well.
We are still waiting for details on Nintendo’s new system codenamed NX. Nevertheless, the details we do know show little promise for a VR headset. Additionally, Microsoft is seemingly placing all of there chips on their new Hololens – a pair of glasses that allows you to see holograms in real time and space. Regardless of this new and exciting technology its difficult to see it being used in a practical or media space, and will most likely be something used in tandem with current technology. Such as, replacing how we view and interact with games and movies. Of course, it is impossible to predict how VR will be received, and it will be a slow climb. However, Sony has given their VR headset the best possible chance to thrive. I fully believe this is the future of gaming. I believe that the VR War is the new war in gaming, and I’m so excited to see how things change and evolve in the future.