Jun 15, 2016

    PlayStation VR headset to hit market in October


    SONY Interactive Entertainment on Monday said its keenly awaited PlayStation virtual reality headset will hit the market on Oct 13 at a price of US$399 (S$541).

    The arrival of PlayStation VR will come later than expected, to provide time to get games ready and build up an ample supply of headsets for launch, according to Sony.

    At a PlayStation press event on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden proclaimed a "seminal moment" in virtual reality.

    He promised that more than 50 games for PlayStation VR will be available within months after the launch.

    They include zombie-shooter Resident Evil, one based on the iconic Star Wars franchise, and another on the comic book dark knight Batman.

    Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and DC Entertainment announced that Batman: Arkham VR will be released exclusively for Play-Station in October.

    This will, for the first time ever, allow players in virtual reality to "be the Batman".

    "Virtual reality is expanding the video game space and entertainment overall so it is extremely exciting to have our incredible team at Rocksteady Studios dive into this new storytelling medium with the Batman Arkham franchise," WBIE president David Haddad noted.

    He also promised that people would see through the eyes of the DC comic character - referred to as the world's greatest detective - and enjoy a "more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago".