Sony is doing something to incorporate virtual reality into the mainstream. With its scheduled launch of the PlayStation VR head gear in October, this life-long dream popularized by Hollywood movies will be a reality.
"Virtual reality represents a new frontier for gaming, one that will forever change the way users interact with games," said Andrew House, chief executive of Sony Computer Entertainment, in a press conference on Tuesday in San Francisco.
The entertainment firm chose October for its PS VR launch to enable the company to produce enough units to satisfy possible consumer demands and also to allow developers to get video games ready for these new headsets.
Sony also revealed that the price of these VR headsets will be $399. The announcement was made at the San Francisco, CA 2016 Game Developer Conference.
At this cost, the headset can be classified as cheap for those who already own PlayStation 4. Its cost is much lower than the devices sold by Sony's VR competitors.
For instance, the price of Oculus Rift starts at $599 while the HTC Vive of Valve sells at $799. However, these two VR headsets need powerful PCs that could cost over $299, higher than the cost of a PS4 which is only $299.
The new Sony VR head gear is designed to be used with PS 4 consoles, which the company considers as its fastest-selling play station consoles having over 36 million buyers since it started selling in late 2013.
However, its nearest rival, Oculus by Facebook is set to start the shipment of its Rift headgears at the end of March. This creation of the social media giant has already taken massive orders at the price of $599.
Facebook has also cooperated with computer manufacturers so its headgears can be certified as devices that have enough capacity to handle advanced technology.