Virtual On – PlayStation VR
I had the pleasure and hands on experience of sampling the PlayStation VR, formally Project Morpheus at PAX Australia 2015. Whilst it was still a new concept, I was blown away by the rich content and graphics, in fact as soon as I put the VR unit on, I was whisked away to another world, where concept and time were not a reality. I found myself a little disorientated at times, thinking tables and furniture were real and let me tell you, leaning on a virtual table is not a good idea!
Ever since I was a little boy and after watching Lawnmower Man, I had always hoped for a real life Virtual Reality simulator, the closest I got back then were 3D polygon graphics and the headset weighed more than I did, however it was still a fantastic concept, one that would surely take off now, considering where technology is today. I have always dreamt of taking the football field, playing for the team that I love, or representing my country in the World Cup, well now this has become a virtual reality, with VR units such as Oculus Rift $600 USD and Vive $800 USD coming out in April, we can only assume big things with hopefully a smaller price tag from Sony.
That’s why March 15th will be an event not to be missed. PlayStation’s invite only press event for the PSVR in San Francisco will be taking place next week and will be watched in baited breath.
Sports Betting Dime anticipates an announced release date before fall and predicts that Sony will likely be charging under $500 USD for the PlayStation, ensuring that they beat their closest rivals Oculus Rift. VP of PlayStation, Masayasu Ito stated that “the biggest advantage over competing platforms like Rift is that Sony’s headset is compatible with the PS4”. In the same interview with Polygon, he went on to state that “the Oculus Rift may have a better VR than PlayStation’s own headset, but Rift is for a different audience”.
With over 36 million PlayStations sold worldwide since its release, it looks like Sony may capitalize on the VR world by making sure they deliver on an affordable peripheral for its existing platform, considering that their competitors only offer VR for a high end & expensive PC.
Although the above statement may be a contradiction, from what we know, the PlayStation VR may not simply connect into the console, it turns out that there may be a piece of hardware that it plugs into first, Sony is referring to it as a processing unit, which basically looks like a mini PS4 according to Kotaku. It should be treated as a new console launch, considering that it costs virtually the same and there have already been a number of games announced for it, with hundreds of developers apparently working on their own games for it. However all will hopefully be confirmed or denied on the 15th.
I’m sure the VR will be on centre stage at this year’s PAX East 2016. Held in Boston from April 22 -24. With all official badges being sold out, PAX East promises to be the convention to be at.
Expect the lines to be out of control around the Sony stand this year.
Overall I think Sony are moving in the right direction and having that hands on experience last year at PAX Australia sure helps my enthusiasm for its launch.
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