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Sony's VR System Compatible With PlayStation And Slated For October Release

by Staff Reporter
Posted On: 6/16/2016

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TAGS: arcade video game operator, video game competition, Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), PlayStation home console, PlayStation VR, PlayStation4, Samsung Gear VR

LOS ANGELES -- More videogame competition for arcade game operators will arrive in the fall. At this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Sony confirmed rumors that it was about to introduce a virtual-reality component for its popular PlayStation home console. PlayStation VR, which includes a PlayStation4 compatible headset, will be released on Oct. 13 and cost $399.

Sony's VR costs less than comparable systems, like HRC Hive and Oculus Rift, but it requires a PS4 to use it. Still, Sony is expected to offer the least expensive VR system for the home entertainment market.

During E3, Sony previewed some of the games that will be available for the system. They include Star Wars, Batman, Arkham VR; Final Fantasy, Spider-Man and Resident Evil 7.

Shawn Layden, chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios, unveiled PlayStation VR at E3. The news was greeted with enthusiasm, and many analysts covering the show predict the VR system will be the "must have" Christmas gift of 2016.

In other news, Samsung wants to sell customers on its Gear VR, powered by Oculus, in a big way. During the first week of June, the electronics giant gave away its virtual-reality headsets for free to anyone who bought one of its phones. It also threw in $150 worth of games from Oculus.

Sony VR, Shawn Layden
RAISING THE VR BAR: Sony's Shawn Layden introduces PlayStation virtual-reality system for the PS4 during the recent E3 in Los Angeles.