Date
23 January 2017
About 50 games are expected to be ready for the  PlayStation VR device by its launch date. Photo: Internet
About 50 games are expected to be ready for the PlayStation VR device by its launch date. Photo: Internet

Sony to launch PlayStation VR for US$399 in October

Sony Corp. announced on Tuesday its PlayStation virtual reality headset will be available globally starting October for US$399.

The company said it is working with more than 230 developers who are building content for the PlayStation VR device, with 50 games expected to be ready by the launch date, Reuters reports.

The company has also teamed up with development company EA Sports and Lucasfilm for a Star Wars Battlefront game that will be released as a PlayStation VR exclusive.

Andrew House, head of Sony’s gaming division, said the company wanted the highly anticipated headset to come out at a price point that would encourage quick and widespread adoption.

The Sony device costs much less than its competitors. Oculus Rift starts at US$599 and Valve’s HTC Vive will sell for US$799, but both of those headsets require powerful personal computers that can cost much more than the US$299 PlayStation 4, technology and media news website The Verve said.

However, the base level PlayStation VR doesn’t come with Sony’s Move controllers, and it also doesn’t come with the PlayStation Camera — which is required to use PSVR, the website said.

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