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PlayStation VR Releases in October 2016 for $400, Get the Details

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PlayStation VR is essentially ready for your home, and for $400, you can have your very own. It launches in October 2016.

At that price point, the PlayStation VR is the most affordable of the non-mobile virtual reality headsets, which is probably why it is selling like hotckaes. It’s priced at £349 in the UK, €399 in Europe, ¥44,980 in Japan and AU$550 in Australia.

The Oculus Rift and $HTC Vive by comparison cost $600 and $800, respectively, and both require fairly high-end computers to run optimally.

Sony told attendees at a private GDC session that there are over 230 developers currently working on content for the headset, and expects 50 supported games to be released between October and the end of 2016. One of those games is a special PlayStation VR version of Star Wars Battlefront, which will be available for free.

As for specifications, the headset features a 5.7 inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1920 x RGB x 1080 ( 960 x RGB x 1080 for each eye) and offers a field of view of approximately 100 degrees. Nine motion-tracking LEDs enable full 360 degree movement and less than 18ms of latency.

When you buy the PlayStation VR, you get also get headphones, cables and an external processing box that plugs into your PS4. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come packaged with a PlayStation Camera, which is needed and retails for about $60 in the United States.

DualShock 4 controllers are supported, so you won’t need to spend more money on a set of Move batons.

As well as games made specifically for the device, PlayStation VR can be used for standard PS4 games, movies and other content, which can be viewed on a virtual cinema screen at three different zoom levels — very useful for when the TV is in use or you want a private experience.

The video below says it all… Are you ready for virtual reality gaming?

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PSVR Will Sell 750K Units in 2017, Fewer Than Expected

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One analyst that expected Sony to sell a around 2.6 million units of the PlayStation VR in 2016 now estimates that the company won’t even sell half of that.

Revised 2016 sales forecast for the PSVR by SuperData Research, a market research and analytics firm, reveals that Sony’s virtual reality headset will shift fewer than 750,000 units by the end of the year, a far cry from earlier estimates.

SuperData conceded to its overestimated of the PlayStation VR’s performance at retail, adjusting its forecast accordingly. Its report stated that “notably fewer [PSVR] units sold than expected due to a relatively fragmented title line-up and modest marketing effort.”

The company, however, remains confident that the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift will sell 420,108 and 355,088 units, respectively.

You can purchase SuperData’s full report and other industry insights on its website.

Did you or will you buy a PlayStation VR? Has it lived up to the hype? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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It’s Possible to Use PlayStation VR on Xbox One, Wii U

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That’s right, it’s actually possible to plug the PlayStation VR into the Xbox One, Wii U and other devices and use some of its features.

Japanese twitter user chirnoice used his/her headset to view Splatoon on Wii U, while Ars Technica hooked theirs up to an Xbox One and a PC, stating that doing so with the latter shows the Windows desktop.

Various reddit users have also tested the headset on the Xbox One and other devices with an HDMI output, getting varying results. Apparently, a major drawback is the lack of sound, though Polygon said plugging headphones into the Xbox One controller addresses that problem but doesn’t deliver the 360-degree audio that you get with PSVR-capable games.

Obviously, the PlayStation VR doesn’t work as well on other console as it does on the PlayStation 4. In fact, it just triggers Cinematic Mode, which makes whatever you’re viewing through the headset appear as a cinema-sized screen.

In other words, not much to see, but worth the experiment …

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Have a Look at the Upcoming PlayStation VR Games, Experiences [Video]

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Sony has released a new video giving gamers a quick preview of what they can expect from the PlayStation VR, showing all sorts of experiences for the virtual reality device.

We get to see a number of upcoming games and even a face-to-face encounter with a Great White shark in The Deep

Some 230 developers are already working on content for PlayStation VR and gamers can expect at least 50 games to be released between the device’s launch and the end of 2016.

We are especially looking forward to the PS VR versions of Star Wars Battlefront and Resident Evil 7.

PlayStation VR is scheduled for release in North America, Japan and Europe on October 13.

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