TRAILER | PS4 Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 12:45 AM

PlayStation VR will launch in October

PlayStation VR will launch in October

Sony has announced at GDC that the virtual reality system PlayStation VR will release in October 2016 for $399. Titles expected to launch by the end of this year are: Eagle Flight, EVE: Valkyrie, Headmaster, Rez Infinite, Wayward Sky, RIGS, Tumble, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and VR Worlds which regroup London Heist, Into the Deep and other games. There's also a new Star Wars Battlefront in development at DICE and Lucasfilm only for PSVR. The Playroom VR will come as a free download at the system launch. Get the details inside along with screens and trailers.



PLAYSTATION®VR LAUNCHES OCTOBER 2016
AVAILABLE GLOBALLY AT 44,980 YEN, $399 USD, €399 AND £349
More than 230 Developers and Publishers on Board
And Over 160 Diverse Titles in Development for PS VR


Tokyo, March 16, 2016 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next level of immersion, will launch from October 2016 in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia, at manufacturer's suggested retail price of 44,980 yen, $399 USD, €399 and £349*1.

“Ever since we unveiled PS VR during the 2014 Game Developers Conference, we’ve received a tremendous response from gamers and developers alike,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016. For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers.”

Currently more than 230 developers and publishers*2 are working on PS VR software titles, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry’s top publishers such as 2K Games and Ubisoft®. Software titles in development for PS VR from these developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) are now totaling to more than 160 titles*3, and over 50 of those titles including Eagle Flight (Ubisoft), EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games), Headmaster (Frame Interactive), Rez Infinite (Enhance Games), Wayward Sky (Uber Entertainment), RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and PlayStation®VR WORLDS (SCE WWS) are expected to launch by the end of this year. Additionally, Electronic Arts Inc., DICE and Lucasfilm are working on an all-new Star Wars™ Battlefront™ (Electronic Arts Inc.) gaming experience only for PS VR. Furthermore, THE PLAYROOM VR*4 by SCE WWS will be available as a free download from PlayStation®Store to all PS VR owners, simultaneously with the launch of the system.

To further drive the expansion of the PS VR software line-up, SCE is partnering with Tools & Middleware companies*5 to provide innovative technology solutions and enhance the title development environment for PS VR.

The system also has a Cinematic mode, which lets users enjoy a variety of content in a large virtual screen*6 while wearing the headset. Supported content for the Cinematic mode includes standard PS4 games and videos as well as variety of PS4 features including Share Play and Live from PlayStation. Users will also be able to enjoy 360 degrees photos and videos that are captured by devices such as omnidirectional cameras on PS VR via PS4 Media Player, which will let them feel as if they are physically inside the captured scene.

SCE will continue to vigorously promote PS VR towards its release in October 2016 by showcasing PS VR titles at events around the globe, while also broadening its title portfolio.

*1 Prices in North America and Japan exclude tax. Prices in Europe and UK include tax.
*2 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*3 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*4 THE PLAYROOM VR will include 6 games which will allow all users, including those new to PS VR, to intuitively enjoy VR experiences with other users.
*5 Refer to the attached list for details.
*6 Users can enjoy content on a virtual screen up to 225 inches (5 meters in width) at a distance of 2.5 meters. The size of the screen will feel different depending on individual users.

VR Worlds GDC Announce Trailer
RIGS GDC Trailer
Playroom VR GDC Trailer
Tumble GDC Trailer

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Commented on 2016-03-16 02:31:24
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Commented on 2016-03-16 03:51:42 In reply to NoClipMode
Thats exactly why PS VR comes with an external processing unit. Sure you won't get ps4 games visual quality but for the price it seems like a good deal to me.
Commented on 2016-03-16 05:03:12
lol good lord, did you have this essay typed up in Word months in advance waiting for this news story to hit? Everything I've heard about PSVR has been positive, and $399 is a crazy good value. I'll hold my judgment for when its released, and not freak out like a crazy person.
Commented on 2016-03-16 05:13:42
I am excited about it although have no interest in buying it anytime soon. They are not including the PS camera with it. I wonder if someone will buy it and not know that PS camera is hidden cost lol.
Commented on 2016-03-16 05:25:32 In reply to marker
Posted by marker
I am excited about it although have no interest in buying it anytime soon. They are not including the PS camera with it. I wonder if someone will buy it and not know that PS camera is hidden cost lol.
Ya this seems kind of ridiculous to me. So if you just buy this bundle the damn thing won't even work? How can you sell that?
Commented on 2016-03-16 10:15:10
i'm sold. i was anyway after trying the oculus first dev version. but some ridiculous vive pricing would have put me off. i have the camera already. i have move already. i'm all set. battlezone/rigs/eve valkyrie and REZ will be mine! for this price i'd be fine with it being a 2 year fad tbh. i've paid more for mobile phones that i've used for less time. lol

p.s. noclipmode doesn't have a clue. lol
Commented on 2016-03-16 10:56:01
I'm also sold on the Playstation VR. Now I'm just waiting for it to become available for pre order on amazon, then I will jump on it like an sea manatee on an obese fish. I already have the camera (since day 1), I gave away my move controller, so I have until October to get another.
Commented on 2016-03-16 11:18:49
Nice price, even though it should come with the PS camera. Still way less than Oculus or HTC Vive by themselves, not to mention the additional cost of a high-end gaming PC.

I am disappointed in the number of available titles at launch, though. I remember a news where Sony said there was more than 100 VR games in development, that coupled with other VR devices coming out this year made me think PSVR would come with some 10-20 games.

If possible, hopefully some developers will add PSVR support to already released games. No idea if it's feasible or not, but maybe the PSVR processing unit can help make that a reality.

I hope Sony succeeds with PSVR, that would make a huge push to make VR mainstream. They just need to find a great way to market it to people, probably have an employee at brand retail stores with a set and a few games and demos.
Commented on 2016-03-16 11:21:31 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
Nice price, even though it should come with the PS camera. Still way less than Oculus or VIVE by themselves, not mention the additional cost of a high-end gaming PC.

I am disappointed in the number of available titles at launch, though. I remember a news where Sony said there was more than 100 VR games in development, that coupled with other VR devices coming out this year made me think PSVR would come with some 10-20 games.

If possible, hopefully some developers will add PSVR support to already released games. No idea if it's feasible or not, but maybe the PSVR processing unit can help make that a reality.

I hope Sony succeeds with PSVR, that would make a huge push to make VR mainstream. They just need to find a great way to market it to people, probably have an employee at brand retail stores with a set and a few games and demos.
how many did you expect. they've said there will be rigs, rez, tumble, battlezone and headmaster "and many (in the tens) more" so i'm taking that to mean 10-20 titles at launch.

and they're adding it to some games. driveclub for one. i'd love to see it added to some of the horror games we've had. alien isolation. outlast. soma and maybe firewatch and the witness etc. and hopefully no mans sky gets VR support...it would definitely help sell the game to me. they'd need some serious optimization though, especially the unity powered ones.
Commented on 2016-03-16 11:40:06 In reply to KORNdog
You're right about the launch titles, I made a mistake in counting them.

As for optimization, yeah, that would be tough for developers. But I remember a part in a recent Digital Foundry article about PSVR that mentioned it does a sort of mirroring instead of processing each image twice - one for the left and another for the right. So it takes less processing power than Oculus or HTC Vive.

I would be more specific, but I don't remember the exact term(s), and EuroGamer isn't loading for me for some reason, so I can't check.

Anyway, hopefully it's not too much trouble and developers add support for PSVR, it would also benefit PC versions of games for Oculus and HTC Vive.
Commented on 2016-03-16 11:56:28 In reply to Sdarts
Posted by Sdarts
You're right about the launch titles, I made a mistake in counting them.

As for optimization, yeah, that would be tough for developers. But I remember a part in a recent Digital Foundry article about PSVR that mentioned it does a sort of mirroring instead of processing each image twice - one for the left and another for the right. So it takes less processing power than Oculus or HTC Vive.

I would be more specific, but I don't remember the exact term(s), and EuroGamer isn't loading for me for some reason, so I can't check.

Anyway, hopefully it's not too much trouble and developers add support for PSVR, it would also benefit PC versions of games for Oculus and HTC Vive.
the game still needs to run at a base level rock solid 60fps for that interpolation to work. for most VR experiences they have toned down assets or small environments so they can achieve it. with games like driveclub that looks as amazing as they do but at 30fps...they have to pair it back. lower the car LOD, remove foliage and trackside detail. hands on suggests it's not that noticeable because the sense of presence in the world overrules the lower quality assets. but sacrifices do need to be made in order for older non VR games to be retroactively VR enabled. something like alien isolation which had framerate issues even at 30fps on consoles would need a lot of work for instance. and it's where PC VR will shine. it has the grunt to brute force it.
Commented on 2016-03-16 12:45:38 In reply to KORNdog
Yes, sacrfices will definitely need to be made, but the excellent news is that the final result - at least considering Driveclub VR - is excellent.

I just got access to EuroGamer and found that Digital Foundry article about PSVR that I mentioned before (link below):

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/digitalfoundry-2...

I will only post 3 excerpts, but I highly recommend to anyone to read the full article, it's great.

"Sony's first party pedigree is strong, and there are plenty of exclusives to set it apart from the competition. But all of this does beg the question - does the PS4 itself have the horsepower to get the job done?"

"To answer this, we look back on four PlayStation VR demos sampled at last year's Paris Games Week. The first big attraction there was DriveClub VR, a game that stuck to 30fps for its regular console release, but targets 60fps via reprojection to achieve a fluid racing experience with a VR headset, interpolated up to 120Hz via asynchronous timewarp - effectively a frame-rate upscaler that warps the image based on the very latest motion data received from the headset."

"Everything was catered for here, with a top-end steering wheel and pedals supplied as the default control method. Once buckled in with the headset and headphones too, it hammered home how close DriveClub VR was getting to the real thing. Of course, it'll be interesting to see how the experience holds up with a standard Dual Shock 4 in hand, but the head tracking alone gave us a real sense of presence within the car. Leaning forward and back, and turning around, we could examine every detail of its interior in a way that wasn't possible before."

So that might be as close as we will get - for now - to feeling like driving those super cars for real. We should also remember that most Racing games on PS4 run at 60fps, unlike Driveclub, so I believe they don't need as much "tweaking" and reducing assets' quality and effects as Driveclub, which had to go from 30fps to 60fps.

For "walking simulators" and FPSs, I imagine that they could reach 60fps with a few months' work, which might be worth if PSVR sales are very good. But FPS games like Call of Duty and Battlefield, which already run at 60fps could be PSVR ready with a little work, Battlefield 4 would need to up its resolution from 900p to 1080p to keep the immersion, if I'm not mistaken.

As of right now, I'm very excited for PSVR and all the possibilities it has. Imagine a Bloodborne/Souls game in VR, where you, very little, would fight a huge boss right up in your face... terrifying!!! And exciting as hell!

PS. I always had a dream of piloting a jet airplane, so an Ace Combat or H.A.W.X. would be great as hell! Also, GTA in First-Person mode... so goddamn many possibilities.
Commented on 2016-03-16 13:43:35 In reply to KORNdog
@ Korn, I have a hunch that if this were released for the Xbox One for that price, you'd be trashing it. It just seems that everything that Sony does, you're all for it. I rarely read any non biased comments from you when it comes to PS4.
Commented on 2016-03-16 13:51:05 In reply to omegaheat
Posted by omegaheat
@ Korn, I have a hunch that if this were released for the Xbox One for that price, you'd be trashing it. It just seems that everything that Sony does, you're all for it. I rarely read any non biased comments from you when it comes to PS4.
i'd love xbox to have a VR headset to help in the tech's adoption chances. i wouldn't buy one since its not my primary system. but the more VR the better.
Commented on 2016-03-16 13:57:37 In reply to AndreasZ94
I am pretty eager to jump in on day one, but I think I will wait.
Posted by AndreasZ94
Thats exactly why PS VR comes with an external processing unit. Sure you won't get ps4 games visual quality but for the price it seems like a good deal to me.
As I understand it the box is used only to process the image for output on a TV and for processing the audio. All the graphics are still done solely on the PS4 gpu/cpu.
Commented on 2016-03-16 14:46:38 In reply to omegaheat
Posted by omegaheat
@ Korn, I have a hunch that if this were released for the Xbox One for that price, you'd be trashing it. It just seems that everything that Sony does, you're all for it. I rarely read any non biased comments from you when it comes to PS4.
We all know this but its his choice. He has a Sony preference and we should all respect it. At least he isn't going around trashing the other console that I know of. I personally have not tried VR and still believe it will be a niche market.

I think that whenever you have to put something on your face, it will lose a lot of people upfront and then after a while. I could be wrong since I have not tried the tech recently though VR was done in the past. Hoping to try the Rift shortly. If I'm sold on the tech, I would consider PSVR.

I have big concerns with Sony. I remember they were all in on 3D. That died. I unfortunately bought a Vita which has been dead for quite some time. I did not buy the Move but that has been good as dead and now revived with VR. I did not buy a camera but like Kinect its been useless for gaming. That has been the issue with all of the add-ons. Games.

I don't think Sony does a great job of managing two consoles and VR is another console. I also don't think 3rd party who did not buy into 3D, did not jump on the Vita, did not jump on the Move and did not jump on the camera will somehow jump on VR. Funny when all these add-ons were launched they had a ton of 3rd party developers, just like VR.

My question would be how much harder is it for developers to make a VR game that is AAA versus a non-VR AAA game? What about the cost? If its the same, then maybe but if it takes longer and cost more. I'm waiting it out.
Commented on 2016-03-16 15:39:35 In reply to omegaheat
Posted by omegaheat
@ Korn, I have a hunch that if this were released for the Xbox One for that price, you'd be trashing it. It just seems that everything that Sony does, you're all for it. I rarely read any non biased comments from you when it comes to PS4.
Well Microsoft are not releasing a VR and you are just making up hypothetical situations contributing nothing to the topic.
Commented on 2016-03-17 04:16:31
Just read that you will be able to play all your existing games with the PSVR. That might be the one that sold me. Wife wants to watch TV, no problem grab the VR headset. Wish it had build-in headphones like the Rift.

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