We knew that Sony’s PlayStation VR would be releasing in October 2016, but now we also know the final date.
The device hits on October 13th. Sony itself made that date official during its E3 2016 press conference in Los Angeles today. Around 50 games will be available by the end of the year, including anticipated titles such as Until Dawn: Rush of Blood, Battlezone, and RIGS: Mechanized Combat League.
PlayStation VR is available to pre-order for $399 as a base unit, though that doesn’t include the essential PlayStation Camera needed to actually track the device. If you don’t already own one of these then it might be an idea to pick up the $499 bundle, which includes the camera along with a pair of PlayStation Move position-tracked controllers as well as a copy of SCE London Studio’s VR minigame compilation, PlayStation VR Worlds.
Sony’s kit is largely seen as a more affordable alternative to both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, which cost $599 and $799 respectively. You won’t get Room-Scale tracking as seen on the Vive and the 1080p OLED display doesn’t match its rivals, but it does feature an impressive 120Hz refresh rate. Games running at 60fps will be able to ‘reproject’ at 120fps too. Both the Rift and Vive also run on much more expensive PC hardware, giving Sony an even bigger advantage in pricing.
That said, the company is also planning to release a more powerful PlayStation 4, and we’re yet to find out how much it will cost and how it will effect PlayStation VR.
Best mark your calendars, then; PlayStation VR is only around four months away from release.