The Japanese electronics Sony has officially grabbed the attention of PlayStation owners at SCEJA Conference in Tokyo by making an announcement of an all-new gaming gadget, has taken the opportunity to not only announce the official name of its new PS4 virtual reality that has been frequently speculated upon, but also introduce a number of new DualShock 4 controllers and accessory panels specifically designed for the PlayStation console.
Given Sony’s “Project Morpheus” system a new name, more obvious name: PlayStation VR. Sony’s PS4 compatible virtual reality headset has been on the radar for quite some time, and was previously referred to by its internal name. Only now has Sony seen fit to provide a few minor details about the innovative headset by deciding that the time is perfect to reveal its official name for the rebranded hardware.
Sony did introduced it as “PlayStation VR”, which is due to release in 2016. Now that it has been outed, no changes appear to have been made to the headset itself, as Sony is keeping extremely quiet about the headset. However, there is some good news. Attendees at the SCEJA Conference will be able to try out and interact with PlayStation VR this week, starting on Thursday at the Tokyo Game Show. Players will be able to check out a range of VR demos, including Danganronpa VR, Hatsune Miku, the slightly disturbing Summer Lesson. Passionate PlayStation 4 owners can expect the product to be commercially available sometime next year.
Sony, aside from PSVR – also had a few other hardware-related introductions. Debuted a number of new DualShock 4 controllers for the PS4 console. The four new DualShock 4 controllers will be available in Gold, Silver, Steel Black, or transparent Crystal. Are no different from a standard DualShock 4 other than the aesthetic, and each piece of kit will retail for 6,480 yen, or approximately $54. It also includes a ¥2500 (£15) coloured face plates for the PlayStation 4—available exclusively from Sony stores. The panels will launch in Japan on November 6th, which is approximately $21 to rest of us.
Masayasu Ito, Division President of PlayStation Product Business, provides a little more insight into the naming of the hardware:
The name ‘PlayStation VR’ not only directly expresses an entirely new experience from PlayStation that allows players to feel as if they are physically inside the virtual world of a game, but it also reflects our hopes that we want our users to feel a sense of familiarity as they enjoy this amazing experience.
The Sony PS4 is indeed getting a price drop in Japan down to ¥34,980 (£190), saving ¥5,000, and the giant also holding another larger press conference at Paris Games Week at the end of October. Still something there for European gamers as well. Stay tuned!