With GDC this week, the eyes of the gaming world were really on Sony. More importantly the PlayStation VR. Their press conference concluded today after 17 minutes, but wow, there was a ton of information.
To start, fans can expect the device to launch in October 2016, at $399 USD ($549.99 CAD). That makes this the least expensive VR unit available at half the cost of HTC Vive. The device itself is rather powerful as well with a 5.7 inch screen with a 1920x1080p resolution (that’s 960x1080p per eye). There is 360 degree tracking, with a field of view of around 100 degrees. The latency is less than 18 second. It’s also capable with both the DUALSHOCK 4 and PS Move. And it works off the PS4 console.
Along with those specs, there is a “Cinematic Mode” that allows users to stream movies or play non VR titles. There are over 230 developers working on titles for the device, with 50 games planned this year. Harmonix Music VR caught our eyes along with an exclusive Battlefront experience. Along with that, Sony announced a collection of social games called Playroom VR.
While the event was super short, it was almost information overload. Yet, Sony has been really good at dropping bombshells. Everyone else is going to have to step their game up to compete with the PSVR, because as it stands, it’s the least expensive option with a ton of support.