Virtual reality. The next dimension. Full sensory immersion. Welcome to 2016, and welcome to VR.
There’s a lot of players in the field, and 2016 is already a very, very busy year for VR. It can be hard to keep track of what’s coming out and when.
Don’t worry. Don’t be overwhelmed. That’s where we come in. Here’s a handy little list to some of the biggest VR headsets launching over the next few months and into the fall. Crack open those piggy banks and start saving, because these headsets are right around the corner.
Launch Date: October 2016
Final details for the PlayStation VR, formerly the Morpheus, were just announced at GDC this week.
“Ever since we unveiled PS VR during the 2014 Game Developers Conference, we’ve received a tremendous response from gamers and developers alike,” said Andrew House, President and Global CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment in a press release. “To make sure that we are able to prepare and deliver enough units of PS VR and a wide variety of software titles to consumers worldwide, we have decided to launch PS VR in October 2016. For those who are looking forward to its launch, we would like to thank everyone for their patience and continued support. We are beyond excited to deliver to consumers the amazing experience that PS VR offers.”
Sony also announced that over 230 developers and publishers are involved, with 160 different titles in development for PlayStation VR. This includes the also newly revealed Star Wars Battlefront VR title from Electronic Arts.
PlayStation VR works with your PlayStation 4 system, meaning if you already have a PlayStation, you won’t need anything else to dive into virtual reality. Well, except a PlayStation camera, which isn’t included in the $399 bundle.
Launch Date: First shipments March 28, current preorder estimates are at July 2016
If you missed out on the initial preorders for the Oculus Rift, have no fear. You can still preorder the device, but you just won’t be able to get it as soon as it launches on March 28.
The Rift will launch with 30 games, including Lucky’s Tale, EVE Valkyrie, Adventure Time, Chronos, and Dragon Front, the first collectable card game built for VR. By the end of the year, over 100 titles will be available for the Rift, including Minecraft and Rock Band VR. Get ready to build blocks… and rock.
The Rift is powered by your PC, and you can find the exact specifications you’ll need over on its website, including, you know, four USB ports.
Launch Date: Early April 2016, current preorders estimated at May 2016
Brought to you by HTC and Valve, this Steam-powered VR headset launches in April, but if you didn’t preorder it already you might have to hold out until May. It’s not that much further away!
“From the beginning, Vive has been at the forefront of virtual reality, with HTC pioneering several ground breaking technologies,” comments Cher Wang, chairwoman and CEO, HTC on the HTC Vive blog. “Since announcing Vive this time last year, we have worked tirelessly with Valve to deliver the best VR experience on the market, winning multiple awards and receiving critical acclaim from media, consumers and the industry. With the Vive consumer edition we are now able to realize our ultimate vision; bringing Vive into homes around the globe so that people can experience immersive virtual reality in a away that fires the imagination and truly changes the world.”
The consumer edition of the Vive comes with the headset, two wireless controllers, and two base stations enabling 360° room-scale motion-tracking, as well as Tilt Brush, Fantastic Contraption, and Job Simulator.
Launch Date: Already Available
If you need to have some VR action in your hands right now, the Samsung Gear VR (also powered by Oculus) is already out, and works with your Samsung Galaxy flagship smartphones. Yup, no high-end gaming PC required on this one.
If you are looking for some that doesn’t quite require the investment of the other headsets, then the Samsung Gear VR may be the answer you are looking for.
Excited about VR? What system are you most excited to get to try? Let us know in the comments below!
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