PlayStation VR: Australian price, release date and specs

Alex Kidman 16 March 2016 NEWS


Sony has finally revealed when you’ll be able to buy the PlayStation VR – and how much it will cost.

Sony was the last of the "big three" VR manufacturers after Oculus and HTC to announce pricing and availability for its take on Virtual Reality, the PlayStation VR.

QUICK GUIDE: Cost - Release Date - Compare - Specs

What is PlayStation VR?

PlayStation VR is, like its competitors, a virtual reality headset that delivers a variety of entertainment experiences direct to your eyes. Unlike the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, however, the PlayStation VR does not require a high-end PC to run the backend processing for its VR experiences, instead connecting to a PlayStation 4 console for that purpose. This not only allows the PlayStation 4 to run PlayStation VR games, but also existing PlayStation 4 titles through PlayStation VR’s "cinematic" mode, which can, as the name suggests, also allow movie playback in a VR space.

How much will the PlayStation VR cost in Australia?

Sony has announced that the PlayStation VR will go on sale in October 2016 in Australia for an asking price of $549.95. You can pre-order PlayStation VR now. That compares exceptionally favourably against the listed prices for the US, Japan, Europe and the UK, which are $US399, 399 Euro, 349 Pounds and 44,980 Yen respectively. Taking the US price as a base, at current exchange rates, and taking into consideration that US prices never list sales tax, that would convert to around $588 or thereabouts, so we're getting it cheaper than the US is. It's even better when you compare the UK price, where 349 pounds ends up at a price point of around $660 at current conversion rates. The PlayStation VR requires the PlayStation camera and Move controllers, neither of which come with the PlayStation VR, so if you don't already own those, they will be a necessary additional cost.

What is the PlayStation VR Australian release date?

Sony will sell the PlayStation VR in Australia from October with pre-orders commencing from today.

How does the PlayStation VR compare to the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive Headsets?

The PlayStation VR’s price positioning makes it a considerably more affordable VR solution than the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift once you take hardware into consideration, although it itself is more pricey than the smartphone-based VR solutions such as the Samsung Gear VR. Sony will no doubt be pitching the Sony PlayStation VR on the basis of its existing form in the games space, although against the HTC Vive, which is co-produced with gaming giants Valve, it may well have a serious fight on its hands there.

PlayStation VR: Specifications

PlayStation VR
Release Date October 2016
Price (including GST) $549.95
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080 (960 x 1080 per eye)
Screen Technology OLED
Refresh Rate (Hz) 120
Maximum Frame-Rate 120 frames-per-second
Field of View 100-degrees
Integrated Audio No
Bluetooth Mobile Integration No
Forward Facing Camera No
Head Tracking 360-degree head tracking
Body Tracking No
Format PS4
System Dashboard PlayStation Network
Controller PlayStation Move or DualShock
Required Equipment PlayStation 4 or PlayStation Vita
Bundled With TBC
Launch Titles 50+
Weight TBC
Audio Technology New PlayStation 3D Audio Engine
Virtual Reality Store TBC
Games Highlights Sony's first and second-party studios are making a dedicated product for the device. There is also strong indie support on the PS4. PlayStation VR can operate in tandem with the PS4, which means multiplayer can occur where up to four people use a TV screen and a fifth uses VR.

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