With companies launching VR headsets left and right, it was only a matter of time before one of the gaming giants like Sony got in on the action. However, contrary to what most people expected, when Sony finally unveiled their virtual reality device it turned out they were actually working on a way to make VR headsets cheaper and bring them to the regular people, those of us who cannot afford to be throwing money around left and right on various gadgets and luxuries.
What are the Implications?
So what exactly does this initiative mean for Sony and the rest of us? Well, with the launch of the first VR gaming console dedicated to the budget market, Sony is the first company that attempted to bring virtual reality gaming to the masses. In turn, this makes it much more viable for developers to focus on VR games in the future, and that’s precisely the kind of shift we’ve started to observe. It wouldn’t be too far-fetched to say that this is the beginning of the virtual reality revolution in gaming; now that we can all enjoy it, nothing can stop us from taking this science-fiction-like direction we’ve been dreaming of since we were children. As a matter of fact, this is quite similar to when Sony released the Playstation 2 many years ago, helping families on a tight budget get into console gaming without breaking the bank. In turn, this resulted in a renewed public interest in video games and ultimately led to some of the most memorable gaming titles.
The Big Three
As of now, there are three main VR headsets for you to make your choice form: The HTC Vive, the Oculus Rift and the Playstation VR. All three of them have encountered a lot of success since being released, and it’s likely that the companies behind them will become mainstream players in this market for decades to come.
With that being said, all three VR headsets had a very different road to stardom. To begin with, Valve’s VR headset, the Vive, was actually the result of their collaboration with HTC, a mobile device designer. Nobody saw this union coming, and yet it ultimately made sense as minds that think alike finally found each other and worked together to bring something truly special to the community.
The Oculus Rift had a much more humble beginning, being nothing once but a meager project on Kickstarter. With a bit of time though, the idea gained a lot of traction and the project even involved John Carmack, the famous genius developer from id Software, the company that basically invented the first-person shooter genre. Two years after it was funded, Oculus VR was acquired for a price of $2 billion dollars by Facebook.
Finally, the Playstation VR was designed by Sony to be an internal piece of hardware that isn’t expensive to manufacture. While they came a tad late to the party in relation to their competitors, they’ve certainly upheld their stellar reputation in the gaming industry by creating an inexpensive option that remains as technically-impressive as the other ones.
What Makes Playstation VR Worth It
So what is it exactly that makes it stand tall above the other VR headsets? To begin with, it only costs $400, which is a real blessing when compared to the Vive’s price of $800 and the Oculus Rift’s price of $600: VR gaming on a budget is now indeed possible. Having launched Thursday on October 13th, it already boasts a very strong game lineup which included 31 titles at launch, and 20 more promised to be coming soon. Sony also promised to release at least another 50 titles before the end of the year, effectively giving them the largest game library of the three VR headsets.
While for the moment VR headsets only allow us to play short games intended to be showcases more than anything else, with the release of the Playstation VR it’s very likely that some full games will be created for it very soon. In other words, we are currently witnessing a true revolution in the gaming industry as Sony finally found a way to take it to the next level without charging us an arm and a leg for it. Though it’s still very early in the race, this is one VR headset that will probably remain the best for a very long time.