Sony held a big press conference at the Tokyo Game Show earlier today, announcing many new games and finally providing the consumer branding for its long-running Project Morpheus virtual reality (VR) headset. The system will be called PlayStation VR when it hits the market at some point “early in 2016.” Sony still hasn’t provided a retail price or a more precise release date for the VR device. We do now that PlayStation VR will be connected to your PlayStation 4 console, and use PlayStation Move controllers along with the PlayStation Eye camera.
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, said Masayasu Ito, EVP, Division president of PS Product Business and VP, Software Design Division. We will continue to refine the hardware from various aspects, while working alongside third party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, in order to bring content that deliver exciting experiences only made possible with VR.
There are already many developers working on PlayStation VR products, and Sony’s got some impressive titles like Final Fantasy XIV (from Square Enix) lined up. We can expect more titles and information about PlayStation VR at the upcoming PlayStation Experience, coming this December 5-6 in San Francisco.