GDC 2016: PlayStation VR launches in October for $399

Sony’s PlayStation VR is launching in October with a $399 pricetag, significantly less than the tech world assumed and much less than the Vive and Oculus Rift.

Writing from GDC, The Verge reports that “over 230” devs are working on the project and 50 games are planned in 2016 alone.

Source: The Verge
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SallyBowls1
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Zarkov  IMO, in a year or two strikes me as quite unrealistic.  Huge in a decade? probably. But much past proof of concept in the next year? I vote nope.

Higgens
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Higgens

Veldan Higgens But how many people is that? Is it enough to drive a new market?

Loopstah
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Loopstah

thatchefdude Loopstah A Dad Supreme Again, Surface is not aimed as a tablet alternative, but rather as a tablet/laptop hybrid with a very powerful hardware. And business is their main target industry.

Darkdrakke
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Darkdrakke

Line with more hugs A Dad Supreme exactly just people who don’t understand the diff and have some sort of petty axe to grind with Ms even bring that up..they are 2 diff animals and mkts.

Darkdrakke
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Darkdrakke

thatchefdude Loopstah A Dad Supreme Think again Surface 3 is a hit , it was the crappy 1 and 2 that were ‘bomb’s..I see people using surfaces on tech shows all over the place now , replacing their Non_windows using ipads.

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

A Dad Supreme
Hololens is no VR.
And it wont be available to the public in its currents form, with a dev’ version at $3000, there’s not way in hell that it can be a mass consumer product for years to come.

Line with more hugs
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Line with more hugs

More like $500. No camera or move means it’s just a fancy screen strapped to your head for this price.
Really wonder how VR is going to be… sure plenty of people are “trying”, but the lesser Oculus Rifts have been available for years now, and it’s not like there’s anything remotely interesting available, or realistically going to happen this year…

And I certainly wouldn’t buy this one, it’s $1000 with the PS4, for a product that may have a Sony accessory shelf life: about a year.

KaiserPhoenix
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KaiserPhoenix

Siphaed LOL dude, get a grip. Don’t blame Sony for selling them off, since SOE was obviously going nowhere with its direction or lack thereof.

Veldan
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Veldan

Higgens I think 400 is definitely low enough for this tbh. If there was one for PC that cost 400, I’d buy it. 
Not everyone will buy it at this price, but not everyone will buy it regardless of the price. I think most of the people that are actually interested and own a PS4 will be fine with this price.

spoilofthelamb
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spoilofthelamb

Equilibrium31 Zarkov Maybe, but most of my gaming social interaction these days is with others online. At that price point, it’s at least affordable enough for me to take a look. ;^^

Malorey
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Malorey

What about Xbone?

Nordavind
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Nordavind

A Dad Supreme dantetifosi What is the profit per unit?
And I’m unsure why you’re dragging MS into this, but
1) Microsoft Hololens does not the same thing, is uses the real world as a backdrop
2) Oculus and Vive are used on PCs (which, you know, most runs Windows)

Nordavind
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Nordavind

dantetifosi And you don’t need to buy a PC to use Oculus/Vive?

Nordavind
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Nordavind

Celestia Aye, there will be no early adopting on this for me either.

Rahzel
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Rahzel

I can’t be arsed to track down the specific interview, but I’m fairly certain I remember seeing Yoshi-P comment that it was just a tech demo, and there were no plans to actually make FFXIV VR compatible.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Loopstah A Dad Supreme But Surface has continually bombed outside of business, it has very little penetration in consumer usage compared to iPad and Android tablets…

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Caec I have a pretty powerful gaming PC, but I love gaming on PS4 especially for multiplayer games (besides a few PS4 exclusives such as Naughty Dog titles) because of the massive PSN userbase…..

For example, playing sports titles like FIFA 16 or NHL 16 on PC sucks, because there are a lot less people playing those on Origin for example compared to the PSN service….

Consoles do have their strengths in some ways with the mass community…

schlag sweetleaf
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schlag sweetleaf
Equilibrium31
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Equilibrium31

Zarkov Eh, if you’re 50, then you also remember how many times VR has flopped for all sorts of reasons.  I mean, I understand that it’s better now and that’s great…but the concept of playing a game on a headset that only you can see, no matter how fun it is, still cuts off all of the social interaction you have with anyone else in the room.

I’m sure VR will carve out a niche now that they seem to not make everyone nauseous and headache-induced (from what I hear at least), but it’s still going to be very limited to people who can’t afford to have enough headsets for their friends who stop by.

Denice J Cook
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Denice J Cook

For that price, and seeing how it includes FFXIV and, dare I say it, The Dark Lords of the Internet’s (CCP’s) dogfighter, I’ll probably break down and buy this during the upcoming holiday season.  Cool beans!

I hope it doesn’t make me motion sick.  ;)

Zarkov
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Zarkov

You’re absolutely right @melissaheather. This is an important moment for VR.
I’ve been waiting since the mid-90s for the tech to mature. Finally it has. What people don’t realise is the cost of the headsets is because the tech is cutting edge bespoke technology. Once the tech becomes available enmass for other applications, it’ll drop in price.
People’s reticence to change reminds me of when people were sceptical of specialised 3D video cards. Look now. It’s impossible to find any device that’s not capable of displaying 3D objects.
VR is here to stay!

Zarkov
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Zarkov

I have to laugh at the sceptics here. I would say you sound like old fogies, but frankly I’m over 50 and VR has renewed my enthusiasm for gaming. Simply put, one you try it, you can’t go back.
I’m sure that in a year or two you’ll be eating your words. VR is here to stay …. FINALLY!

Caec
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Caec

Yangers Sony has flat out said it can’t perform to the standards of Oculus. Presumably that’s true in regard to the Vive as well.

Caec
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Caec

I’m still very far from convinced that VR isn’t going to be a fad that dies due to not enough critical mass in terms of adoptions. 
Console-first gamers use consoles because of its “economical” nature (right or not in terms of the long view). I’m definitely not convinced that consoles will be what manages to drive VR as an accessory that costs more than the console itself. Next gen maybe if it’s baked into the base system?

mysecretid
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mysecretid

Interesting. As much as I’m curious about VR, the non-Sony offerings are simply too expensive for me to consider buying at this time. The Sony one? I might be able to budget that, eventually, with a little planning.

In the end, though, I’m not buying any VR gear until I try it first. I tried one of the early, prototype VR devices back when, and experienced the balance-related side-effects you may have heard of …

Essentially my brain disliked the fact that what my eyes were seeing didn’t match up with what my body was sensing in the actual environment, and I had those dislocation and disorientation side-effects.

So, yeah — no try, no buy — even at this more-reasonable price.

Celestia
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Celestia

This seems like the perfect technology to wait a cycle or two before jumping into the virtual pond.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

A Dad Supreme  I think both are in good shape. A bit of spin but MS’s Spencer even said not a huge deal, the core audience owns both.
PS4 is clearly ahead this gen.  
Microsoft leveraging their PC monopoly with UWA/UWP and the upgradeable consoles both seem very positive for Microsoft.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

It may be that at year end, OR is #3 in VR sales.  Price and being first seems like #1 will be Samsung and Sony may be #2, not just price but Sony is saying that there are more VR ready PS4s (all of them) than VR ready PCs.

Interesting times.

Loopstah
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A Dad Supreme I don’t think Playstation VR and HoloLens are targeting the same audience. While VR headset is meant to rival Oculus and Vive in terms of virtual reality, HoloLens is more of an augmented reality simulator, with usage mainly outside of the gaming realm.
I don’t think Microsoft is worried about pricing at all. Just look at their Surface offering – they are simply not playing the same game as others.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

dantetifosi
”  I just don’t see it being a huge success at 399″
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Doesn’t have to be a ‘huge’ success. They sold 35 million PS4s. We have three of them in my house.
All they have to do is sell a few VRs to recoup the costs.
Microsoft will likely be selling theirs at a loss just to stay competitive.

Coffee, Please
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Coffee, Please

Welp, my PS4 purchase just became more expensive.

A Dad Supreme
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A Dad Supreme

And once again, Playstation beats Microsoft to the market.
Now Microsoft will have to price their HoloLens under just to stay competitive, especially if PS4 will have 50 games.

thatchefdude
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thatchefdude

Yangers I’m sure within 2 years the PS VR will be almost half the launch price.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

EpicViking  Except for the Samsung one that is already shipping and is a third the price.

SallyBowls1
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SallyBowls1

Yangers  “as with most console things” prior to Microsft announcing they will be upgrading hardware intra-generation.  IMO this will be a pretty big game changer

Xijit
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Xijit

Dark Souls / Bloodborne in 3D?
Sold.

Xijit
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Xijit

It also doesn’t require a $3,000.00~, 4K compatible, pc to run a set of cellphones glued into a pair of ski goggles.

Yangers
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Yangers

hehe. Yes, strapping a small box to my face doesnt do anything for me tbh.

Damonvile
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Damonvile

Siphaed Crazy is such a short trip on the interwebz.

arktourosx
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arktourosx

Yangers Something, something PC master race.  I don’t think I could drop $300 on VR tech that’s going to look like Lawnmower Man.

MesaSage
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MesaSage

Hololens > VR

hardy83
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Higgens I don’t see any of these devices meeting mass market penetration until there’s a device that costs no more than 300USD and can work standalone or with most phones.

Gear VR could be successful but it only works on Samsung phones with splinters it’s potential success.

Basically there needs to be a decent stand alone VR headset for PC, or an evolution of Google Cardboard to be more like Gear VR but work with more phones.

hardy83
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hardy83

thatchefdude melissaheather Leilonii hardy83 That’s assuming a person has a good PC to begin with. A decent PC with a 970/980 or equivalent or better can go well into the thousands.

Like I said, unless you own a good PC or already own a PS4, none of these options are really that price friendly.

Yangers
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Yangers

That could be a weakness for Sony, although not immediately. While the PC versions will proliferate, the quality of them will rise and the price will come down.
But the Playstation version will, as with most console things, stay static spec-wise for long periods and the price will change little. I doubt Sony will be putting out new models every year, and they’ll want a return on investment.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Quincha deekay_zero you would run into more of the latency issue.
and there was no need to delete your previous comments. it added something to the conversation :)

Yangers
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Yangers

I dont think this Sony device will have the same quality as those others though. But yeah, they are all way expensive right now. I can wait a few years. The quality will only get better, while the price will go down – for non PS versions anyway.

Yangers
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Yangers

Avoiding all these VR units till several iterations down the line. As for Sony, its well priced, but i wonder at the quality / experinece as opposed to Occulus and others that are dearer. If ots “good enough” it might fly.

deekay_zero
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deekay_zero

Quincha deekay_zero this is a stand alone device. and weaker than the samsung galaxy s7’s that just came out with the vr gear thing.

blaaznar
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blaaznar

thatchefdude with all the 2D UI elements, don’t see them doing it anytime soon.

Siphaed
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Siphaed

Playstation…as in “Sony”…as in “Company that dumped SOE into Daybreak’s hands to then milk out H1Z1 while canceling EQ:N”.  That company?

No thank you.

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