2016 will be a year for many memorable things in the gaming industry and one of them is undoubtedly the rise of VR. With several major platforms debuting throughout the calendar year, it is all now making for a very exciting time for people thinking about getting into VR.
Sony is one of the companies that is bringing out their own VR platform in the form of PS VR. It’ll work in cohesion with the PS4 and will have over 50 games launched for it by the end of the year. Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida recently talked about the price that they eventually landed on for PS VR.
“We had in mind the target [price point]. We always wanted for us to be able to say it was around the [PS4]’s price, so specifically, $399 was the target price. We didn’t pick the target price before we started making [PS VR]. We really believed, and I believe it’s the same for a company like Oculus, that because VR is so new and so important, we have to do it right the first time,” Yoshida told Kinda Funny Games.
When you think about the other VR devices that are going to be on the market and compare prices, PS VR is the most affordable option by a few hundred dollars. The PS4 was $399 at launch and now it seems the PS VR will also check in at the same price.
VR has been attempted before, but never with the amount of platforms that will be available this year and never with the sort of tech each is delivering. Yoshida expressed the importance of VR gaming experiences being high quality.
“When we bring our first consumer product, it has to be really, really good in terms of quality, so that people will have great experiences and [are] believing and get excited to become a fan of VR in general. We had a list of technical milestones that we wanted to hit and that’s pretty common,” Yoshida said.
A poor gaming experience on console can chase people away from a game, but a poor gaming experience on VR can chase people away from VR in general. The fact that VR companies have been so staunch on making sure it’s a stable and enjoyable experience for users is what could make VR a mainstay platform.
“We had to wait til now to launch our first product because now, this year, we can use 120 HZ on it. That doesn’t exist anywhere. So we are making the custom made, cutting-edge tech this way for PS VR that’s beautiful and super fast and that creates super low latency because we believe that’s necessary to provide a great VR experience for consumers,” Yoshida said.
PS VR will be available this coming October for the price of $399. PS4 is currently available now for the price of $349.