PlayStation VR to Launch This October for $399


PlayStation VR, Sony’s virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, will launch worldwide this October for $399, the company announced at a special event at this week’s Game Developers Conference.

The platform formerly known as Project Morpheus will sell for less than some other VR headsets launching this year, namely the $599 Oculus Rift and the $799 HTC Vive.

In Europe and the U.K., PlayStation VR will cost €399 and £349, respectively. In Japan, the PS4 headset will cost 44,980 yen.

Andrew House, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, showed the final retail version of the PlayStation VR headset, and confirmed the platform’s hardware specifications. PlayStation VR will ship with a 5.7-inch OLED screen at 1920 x 1080 resolution — 960 x 1080 per eye — that supports refresh rates of 120 Hz and 90 Hz. The VR headset will support a field of view of approximately 100 degrees, feature 360-degree tracking and offer latency of less than 18 ms.

Sony provided some additional technical specifications in a press release. With the PlayStation VR’s headband at its shortest, the headset’s approximate dimensions are 7.36 inches wide by 7.28 inches high by 10.91 inches long. Its required processor unit is a small square box that looks like a PS4, and measures 5.63 inches wide by 1.42 inches high by 5.63 inches deep. The headset weighs about 610 grams (1.34 pounds), while the processing box weighs 12.875 ounches.

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SOURCE: Polygon, Michael McWhertor