PlayStations are no longer things that sit underneath your TV. Now they get strapped to your face. Sony has released the PlayStation VR, a special headset that represents its first foray into virtual reality gaming. And it might represent many other people's first try with it, too, since it is much cheaper than competing headsets and doesn't require a huge computer system. The PS VR plugs into existing PlayStation 4 consoles with a series of wires.
For anyone who has yet to experience Virtual Reality, I implore you, seek out a VR experience of some description. Whether Goggle Cardboard or Oculus Rift, it will likely be mind blowing. Why else would everyone who's anyone be talking about it being the future? When it comes to quality VR becoming an actual living room reality, though, there are many questions. Will there ever be a reason to?
USA TODAY's Brett Molina gives his insights into the first day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo that opened today in Los Angeles. Qiwen Cui tries out the'Farpoint' VR game during the opening day of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center. LOS ANGELES -- The virtual reality experiences on display during the Electronic Entertainment Expo are only the beginning. During this week's showcase of the video game industry's future, publishers revealed the first big wave of games leveraging the VR platform, immersive experiences that promise to let users fly a Star Wars X-Wing fighter or put on Batman's mask. But has VR gaming found its "killer app" that will make players keep those bulky headsets strapped on?
Your chance to don Batman's suit in the comfort of your own home is coming very soon. That is, if you have the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive VR headset hooked up to a PC. Batman Arkham VR, previously available on PlayStation VR since October 2016, will be available for PC players on April 25th, and pre-ordering via the game's official website is "coming soon." As a recap, the game we're talking about here is the Rocksteady Studios version that gives you a first-person view of what it's like to be Gotham's caped crusader, not the Telltale edition. You'll scour your surroundings for clues to solve crimes and fight villains using each system's hand-held controller.
Sony has finally joined the virtual reality mass market with its PlayStation VR headset global launch Thursday. The headset is priced at 399.99 and is expected to give a tough competition to the 799 HTC Vive and 599 Oculus Rift. "To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016," Andrew House, president and global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., said in March 2015. But it is not just the pricing where the PlayStation VR has an edge over its rivals. The PlayStation VR has been designed using Sony's commercial hardware production knowledge and, therefore, it is equipped with a flexible headband that can hold it in place by stretching, retracting and ratcheting.