The PlayStation 4's virtual reality headset, dubbed "PlayStation VR," finally has a release date and price.
On Tuesday, Sony revealed that PlayStation VR will launch in October 2016 and cost $399 for the headset (though that price doesn't include the required camera for positional tracking).
There is no way Sony's virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 costs $800. None.
But that's the number being reported as leaked from an Amazon Canada listing that went up (and got subsequently removed) on Thursday evening.
Sony Corp has finally given the world an update on Project Morpheus, the virtual reality headset it has been working on for quite a few years now. The PlayStation maker showed off a new prototype of the device yesterday at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco.
Though the headset won’t be available to consumers until 2016, the president of worldwide studios for Sony computer entertainment, Shuhei Yoshida, said the device is close to the "final consumer product."
Virtual reality, amazing as it may be, is very hard to demonstrate. Despite companies like Google, Facebook, and Sony getting involved with virtual reality, you don't see company executives walking out on stage at press events with VR headsets on, demonstrating the latest and greatest in VR applications. Beyond the fact that they have to see where they're going, it's not exactly enthralling to see someone spinning their head around while watching a video of what they're seeing projected elsewhere.
Sony took the stage at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) Tuesday evening to show off the latest version of its virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, codenamed “Project Morpheus,” and share more details about its launch.