Sony took the wraps off of the final consumer version of its PlayStation VR headset at its event at GDC 2016. Sony has finally revealed that the PlayStation VR will cost $399, which is $200 less than the Oculus Rift and $400 below HTC’s Vive and almost 50 VR projects to be available by the end of 2016.
The final version looks very similar to the headset Sony first showed off way back in the 2014, but it has a slightly different lighting pattern on the outside. Sony says the specs and design is the same as the recent prototypes it has demoed. The unit has a 5.7-inch OLED display with 1920 x RGB x 1080 resolution, meaning each pixel gets full RGB color and split across both eyes, and 9 LEDs that let the PlayStation camera provide positional tracking.
This new headset has 9 LEDs for 360-degree head tracking, and manufacturer claims that, it has latency of less than 18ms. The big question is whether those specs, when combined with PlayStation 4, will be powerful enough to drive the experiences as good as what you can get on the Oculus Rift or the HTC Vive. The new PlayStation VR experience may not be able to live up to the quality of the ones offered by its competitors, but Sony PlayStation VR is slotting in at a total price point that is significantly less.
The PlayStation VR is also features a six-axis motion sensing system (three- axis accelerometer, three- axis gyroscope ) with HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack.
The PlayStation VR is the easiest headset to put on. A button on the back lets you stretch out the headset’s band to faster fit it around your noggin. It is a much better system than the velcro-style straps used by the Rift and Vive.