Sony PS4 Rival to the Oculus Rift in Development
Virtual reality is a controversial idea in the gaming community. Some believe that virtual reality is the future of gaming thanks to inventions such as the Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift may prove to be the first successful virtual reality game system if the response given through Kickstarter and excitement over developer’s kits and pre-orders are any indications. Because of the excitement and attention brought on by the Rift, other companies may soon be following suit as Sony announced that there is a new virtual reality product possibly lined up for the future when they announced a new headset display.
The Sony Virtual Reality Announcement
Sony announced a peripheral for the PS4 that is in development for the future. It is a head mounted display. The display boasts a 750 inch display as if viewed from 20 meters away and all from wearing the peripheral. The head mounted peripheral also includes surround sound. Sony states that this device will connect to most PCs, mobile platforms and even consoles so it is not only restricted for a PS4. It is also stated that Sony was supposed to show this product off at Gamescon, but due to last minute problems, they have delayed this showcase until the Tokyo game show. The device is set for the price of just over $2,000 USD.
Sony Getting into Virtual Reality?
Not only did Sony announce this headset for the future, but according to CVG, Sony also commented they are in fact working on a virtual reality project for the PS4. This virtual headset for the PS4 is scheduled for release next year. One game reveal that will use the VR headset Sony is developing is the game Drive Club which will include a cockpit view.
Virtual reality is becoming the newest step in the video game market. After the successful donation drive for the Oculus Rift, a new virtual reality system, it only makes sense competitors would want to try it as well. With the Oculus Rift and Sony entering the virtual reality market, it is only a matter of time before other companies follow suit. Virtual reality is possibly the next future step of video gaming as a whole and with competition, it will be interesting to see what developers and companies think of to bring to the gaming community.