Sony announced on 30 March 2018 that it is permanently dropping the price of the PlayStation VR (PSVR) headset to encourage adoption among PS4 owners, and is now in direct competition with Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets from their partners. Sony said the official price is now $299, and that’s great value for some of the bundled options like DOOM VR and Gran Turismo Sport. Microsoft’s Mixed Reality headsets from their partners like HP, Dell, and Acer are already in the $220-$250 range, so this is likely the very lowest that Sony can go. Could this be clearing out inventory for a new version of the headset for 2018?
LED positional tracking with PS Camera, accelerometer, gyrometer, six-axis degree of freedom
Infrared positional tracking with IR sensor, six-axis, six-axis degree of freedom
Accelerometer, gyrometer, infrared controller tracking, object-based camera tracking, six-axis degree of freedom
Dualshock 4, PlayStation Aim, PlayStation Move
Xbox One controller, Oculus Touch controllers, keyboard and mouse, joystick, steering wheel, etc.
Xbox One controller, Mixed Reality controllers, keyboard and mouse, joystick, steering wheel, etc.
Sony’s PlayStation VR has more than 175 VR titles through the PlayStation Store, and works with existing Move controllers and the older PlayStation Camera. Two versions currently exist – the discontinued V1 model, and the V2 model with the product code CUH-ZVR2, which uses a single cable to connect to the breakout box, is reportedly more comfortable to wear, includes a headphone jack, and supports HDR in supported titles.
Sony is expected to announce a wireless version of the headset at some point, although the technical difficulties in getting this to work will prevent Sony from being able to deliver a wireless version this year.