So this is a thing then, and frankly my fifteen year old self who who used to go to the Trocadero in London to play the VR dogfighting game is still not quite believing it’s happening, but it is. There has been a spurge of VR news over the past couple of days while I’ve been away so here is a quick catch up starting with Waltz of the Wizard, which was a HTC Vive exclusive and is now coming to PSVR.
If you need a PlayStation Camera and Move controller to go with your PlayStation VR then good news, at least if you are in North America. “There will be a bundle in the SCEA region [North America] with Move and a Camera,” reports Sony.
We don’t know if there will be one for Europe, but I would suggest checking out Ebay and the like where you can can pick up Move controllers very cheaply at present. Sales for both have rocketed almost 1000% on Amazon since the PSVR announcement.
vTime, a virtual reality social network, has been confirmed for PlayStation VR. It launched on Google Cardboard earlier this month. It has also been confirmed that EVE: Valkyrie will be a PSVR launch title, along with World War Toons.
PlayStation VR will ship with a rather archaic device known as a ‘demo disk’.
All those who purchase a PlayStation VR system will receive a PlayStation VR Demo Disc that will feature a number of playable experiences from some of the best games from the launch line-up.
A quick trailer for The Climb which is coming to Oculus Rift, developed by Crytek.
Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR, has praised Sony for keeping the price of PSVR low. “They are cheaper, but I think it’s a totally fair price and they’ve definitely done a good job of keeping the cost down. Clearly that was a priority,” he told Gamespot.
“I don’t think there are many PC gamers that are going to buy a PlayStation and PlayStation VR from scratch,” he added. “And I don’t think there are many PlayStation gamers that are going to buy a Rift and a high-end PC. They’re kind of very separate markets at this point.”
Sony are going to be very strict on the quality of VR games by the sound of it, with SCEA senior dev support engineer Chris Norden saying “Frame rate is really important; you cannot drop below 60 frames per second, ever.”
“If you submit a game to us and it drops to 55, or 51…we’re probably going to reject it. I know I’m going to get flak for this, but there’s no excuse for not hitting frame rate.”
Amazon UK have already sold out of their first allocation of PlayStation VR headsets.
Based on our initial allocation we cannot guarantee release day delivery if you ordered after 11:45 GMT, Wednesday 16 March, 2016. You will be notified via email of the expected delivery date closer to the time. We will be fulfilling customer orders in the order in which they were placed
Hold you horses, this isn’t a game. Ubisoft have announced a VR ‘experience’ to tie in with this year’s Assassin’s Creed movie.
The HTC Vive will launch with 50 games, 38 of which have been announced and are listed below.
“We have no exclusives,” Valve’s VR Chet Faliszek said. “We don’t think that’s a good thing for the industry, especially in VR where we’re starting out with a promise of presence after so many years. We want to do everything we can to make sure VR succeeds, regardless of the platform. I don’t think a customer ever thinks a platform-exclusive game is a good thing.”
- Adventure Time
- Arizona Sunshine
- The Brookhaven Experiment
- Budget Cuts
- Cloudlands Minigolf
- Elite: Dangerous
- Envelope Eve
- Fantastic Contraption
- Final Approach
- Job Simulator
- John Wick: The Impossible Task
- La Peri
- Marble Mountain
- Pool Nation
- Raw Data
- Space Pirate Trainer
- The Gallery: Call of the Starseed
- The Lab
- The Rose and I
- The Wave
- Tilt Brush
- Time Machine
- Universe Sandbox 2
- Unreal Editor
- Unseen Diplomacy
- Vanishing Realms: Rite of Steel
- Waltz of the Wizard
Analysts seem impressed by PSVR with Ben Schachter saying that he “expects Sony to utterly dominate the rest of the console cycle.” He suggests sales of 8m PSVR units in the first two years, with 1.4m shipping before the end of 2016.
And Finally, PlayStation VR is out in October, but when exatcly? “We haven’t nailed that one down yet,” said Sony Computer Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden. “It’s still a confluence of software pipelines and hardware manufacturing deadlines. But I hope we get to have that message sooner rather than later.”