TOKYO, March 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) today announced that PlayStation®VR (PS VR), a virtual reality system that takes the PlayStation®4 (PS4™) system to the next level of immersion, will launch from October 2016 in Japan, North America, Europe and Asia, at manufacturer's suggested retail price of 44,980 yen, $399 USD, €399 and £349*1.
"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 Inc. "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."
Currently more than 230 developers and publishers*2 are working on PS VR software titles, from smaller independent teams to larger studios at the industry's top publishers such as 2K Games and Ubisoft®. Software titles in development for PS VR from these developers and publishers as well as from SCE Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS) are now totaling to more than 160 titles*3, and over 50 of those titles including Eagle Flight (Ubisoft), EVE: Valkyrie (CCP Games), Headmaster (Frame Interactive), Rez Infinite (Enhance Games), Wayward Sky (Uber Entertainment), RIGS: Mechanized Combat League, Tumble VR, Until Dawn: Rush of Blood and PlayStation®VR WORLDS (SCE WWS) are expected to launch by the end of this year. Additionally, Electronic Arts Inc., DICE and Lucasfilm are working on an all-new Star Wars™ Battlefront™ (Electronic Arts Inc.) gaming experience only for PS VR. Furthermore, THE PLAYROOM VR*4 by SCE WWS will be available as a free download from PlayStation®Store to all PS VR owners, simultaneously with the launch of the system.
To further drive the expansion of the PS VR software line-up, SCE is partnering with Tools & Middleware companies*5 to provide innovative technology solutions and enhance the title development environment for PS VR.
The system also has a Cinematic mode, which lets users enjoy a variety of content in a large virtual screen*6 while wearing the headset. Supported content for the Cinematic mode includes standard PS4 games and videos as well as variety of PS4 features including Share Play and Live from PlayStation. Users will also be able to enjoy 360 degrees photos and videos that are captured by devices such as omnidirectional cameras on PS VR via PS4 Media Player, which will let them feel as if they are physically inside the captured scene.
SCE will continue to vigorously promote PS VR towards its release in October 2016 by showcasing PS VR titles at events around the globe, while also broadening its title portfolio.
< Specifications of PlayStation®VR >
Recommended Retail Price
44,980 yen, $399 USD, €399 and £349
VR headset: Approx. 187×185×277 mm (width × height × length, excludes
Processor unit: Approx. 143×36×143 mm (width × height × length, excludes
VR headset: Approx. 610g (excluding cable)
Processor unit: Approx. 365g
1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)
Field of View
Approximately 100 degrees
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
VR headset: HDMI, AUX, Stereo Headphone Jack
Processor unit: HDMI TV, HDMI PS4, USB, HDMI, AUX
Processor Unit Function
3D audio processing, Social Screen (mirroring mode, separate mode), Cinematic
VR headset × 1
Processor unit × 1
VR headset connection cable × 1
HDMI cable × 1
USB cable × 1
Stereo headphones × 1 (with a complete set of earpiece)
AC power cord × 1
AC adaptor × 1
*Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
*1 Prices in North America and Japan exclude tax. Prices in Europe and UK include tax.
*2 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*3 Number as of March 16th, 2016
*4 THE PLAYROOM VR will include 6 games which will allow all users, including those new to PS VR, to intuitively enjoy VR experiences with other users.
*5 Refer to the attached list for details.
*6 Users can enjoy content on a virtual screen up to 225 inches (5 meters in width) at a distance of 2.5 meters. The size of the screen will feel different depending on individual users.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as a global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) computer entertainment system, and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since it launched PlayStation® in 1994. PlayStation®2 further enhanced the PlayStation® legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) broadened the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3 is a computer entertainment system that incorporates the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PS Vita is a portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PlayStation®4 redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. PlayStation™Network, that includes PlayStation®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation users. PlayStation™Now, a streaming game service that leverages cloud-based technology, enables users to instantly enjoy a wide range of PS3 games on numerous Internet-connected devices they use every day. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division company, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia, develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in their respective markets worldwide.
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List of Third Party Game Developers and Publishers
As of March 16th, 2016
(in alphabetical order of developer/publisher)
< JAPAN >
Active Gaming Media Inc.
ARC SYSTEM WORKS CO.,LTD.
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
BANDAI NAMCO Studios Inc.
CAPCOM CO., LTD.
D3 PUBLISHER Inc.
DIGITAL WORKS Entertainment Inc.
GRASSHOPPER MANUFACTURE INC.
GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.
IDEA FACTORY Co., Ltd.
Kadokawa Games, Ltd.
KOEI TECMO GAMES CO., LTD.
Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
POLYGON MAGIC, INC.
SEGA Games Co., Ltd.
Solid Sphere, Inc.
Spike Chunsoft Co., Ltd.
SQUARE ENIX CO., LTD.
34 companies in total
< ASIA >
Beijing Phantomisreal Technical Co., Ltd.
Beijing SHI GUANG MENG HUAN Technology Ltd.
Beijing Wansiwei Culture Development Co., Ltd
Fighter Network Tech Co.,Ltd
Geronimo Interactive Co.,Ltd
Hangzhou Yuanqu Technology Co.Ltd.
NetEase (Hangzhou) Network Co., Ltd
Ourpalm Co., Ltd
Perfect World Co., Ltd
Shanghai Famiku Co.，Ltd.
Shanghai Renyou network technology Limited
Shanghai SinceMe Network Technology
Shanghai XINDONG Network Corporation Limited
Suzhou Snail Digital Technology CO., Ltd
TianShe Media Co.,Ltd
Ultimate Creators Technology(Beijing)Co., Ltd
USERJOY Technology Co., Ltd.
Winking Entertainment Corporation
Xiamen Happiness Technology, Ltd., Co
XPEC Entertainment Inc.
26 companies in total
< NORTH AMERICA >
4 Corner Games
Archiact Interactive Ltd.
Double Fine Productions
Electronic Arts Inc.
Empty Clip Studios
Finish Line Games
Fire Hose Games
Glass Bottom Games
Happy Dance Studios
Harmonix Music Systems, Inc.
Headless Chicken Games
Heavy Iron Studios
High Voltage Software, Inc.
IN|Framez Technology Corp.
Iris VR Inc.
Major League Baseball Advanced Media
Namazu Studios LLC
N-Fusion Interactive Entertainment
Pixel Ripped Inc
POLYTRON / KOKOROMI
Schell Games LLC
Steel Crate Games
The Stork Burnt Down
Three One Zero
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
WayForward Technologies, Inc
White Elk LLC
White Lotus Interactive, LLC
79 companies in total
< EUROPE / PAL >
Abstraction Games B.V.
Atom Universe Ltd
Big Ant Studios
bitComposer Interactive GmbH
Black Forest Games GmbH
Blunt Instrument Studios
Escapist Games Ltd
GOATi Entertainment Pty Ltd
Grip Digital s.r.o.
Just Add Water (Development), Ltd
JUST FUNNY GAMES
Kite & Lightning
Paw Print Games
Penny Black Studios
Psytec Games Ltd
Secret Sorcery Limited
Slightly Mad Studios Ltd
Spunge Games Pty Ltd
Sumo Digital Ltd
The Farm 51
White Paper Games
Zen Studios Ltd.
92 companies in total
PlayStation®VR Tools & Middleware Developers
As of March 16, 2016
(in alphabetical order)
CRI Middleware Co., Ltd.
Geomerics, an ARM company
RAD Game Tools
Silicon Studio Corporation
Web Technology Corp.
SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.