First it was Morpheus, then it became Playstation VR. Finally, at Sony’s E3 press conference on 13 June, the Japanese entertainment giant revealed not just a release date, but also the retail price and a list of games coming with the experience.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studio’s chairman Shawn Layden came out to announce that the PSVR will be released 13 October, retailing at $399. Layden pronounced the Playstation Vr as a “seminal moment” in virtual reality according to Channel NewsAsia.
Of course a headset would be nothing without games to play on it, and Layden announced that at the point of retail, there would be a massive 50 games available, which Sony explains is the reason why the release of their headset is later than originally slated by media. “Our mission is to make Playstation the best place to play for gamers,” said Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House during the event.
So just what will be available at launch or shortly after? Firstly from Rocksteady, the developers of Batman Arkham Asylum, Arkham City and Arkham night, a new Batman VR game will be released in October. Alongside this EA are releasing an X-wing simulating game tied to their Star Wars battlefront franchise, exclusively for PSVR. EA previously teased a VR Star wars game the day before during their press conference, so to show it at the Sony press conference is to confirm it as a platform exclusive.
Furthermore, it was revealed that the upcoming Resident Evil 7 will also be completely playable in VR, although there is also the option to play it more traditionally. However, Resident Evil 7 is not releasing until 24 January 2017 according to Engaget, so fans of the franchise will have to wait slightly longer to experience the T-Virus in Virtual Reality.
So far the reaction to this news has been overwhelmingly positive, with online commentators stating that Sony have ‘won’ E3. All that needs to happen now is for the Playstation VR to release in four months time.