PlayS­ta­tion Vr geared for launch

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY -

SONY plans to make vir­tual re­al­ity main­stream with the Oc­to­ber re­lease of PlayS­ta­tion VR head­gear priced at US$ 399 ( RM1,600).

“Vir­tual re­al­ity rep­re­sents a new fron­tier for gam­ing, one that will for­ever change the way users in­ter­act with games,” Sony Com­puter En­ter­tain­ment chief ex­ec­u­tive An­drew House said dur­ing a press event in San Fran­cisco.

Sony chose Oc­to­ber for the launch of PlayS­ta­tion VR to al­low time for mak­ing enough units to meet an­tic­i­pated de­mand and to let de­vel­op­ers get games ready for the head­sets, ac­cord­ing to House.

The head­sets are de­signed to plug into PlayS­ta­tion 4 con­soles.

Sony touted PS4 as its fastest- sell­ing con­sole ever with more than 36 mil­lion of them bought since they hit the mar­ket in late 2013.

But there is com­pe­ti­tion and Face­bookowned vir­tual re­al­ity start Ocu­lus is set to be­gin ship­ping its Rift head­sets later this month.

Ocu­lus has been tak­ing or­ders for Rift at a price of US$ 599 ( RM2,400) in the United States and has worked with com­puter mak­ers to cer­tify ma­chines as pow­er­ful enough to han­dle the tech­nol­ogy.

Pre- or­ders have also been taken on bun­dles com­bin­ing Rift with com­pat­i­ble gam­ing com­put­ers start­ing about US$ 1,500 ( RM6,000).

Buy­ing a PS4 and PlayS­ta­tion VR would add up to about half that price.

“We are proud of the price point we have been able to achieve,” House said of PlayS­ta­tion VR.

PlayS­ta­tion VR users will still need to buy cam­era and con­troller ac­ces­sories, push­ing the price up slightly, but it is con­sid­er­ably less ex­pen­sive than ri­val head­sets that sync to gam­ing com­put­ers, ac­cord­ing to Gart­ner an­a­lyst Brian Blau.

“The cost of own­er­ship of PlayS­ta­tion is go­ing to be a lot more af­ford­able than the PC coun­ter­parts,” Blau said.

And, since mil­lions of PS4 have al­ready been bought, the price of adding vir­tual re­al­ity is com­pa­ra­bly lower for own­ers of those con­soles since no com­puter upgrade is needed. – AFP



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