The prices of two of the three major virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMDs), the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, are finally known. The former costs some $599 USD, while the latter will soon be available to pre-order for $799. The third and final HMD, Sony Computer Entertainment’s (SCE’s) PlayStation VR for PlayStation 4, is still yet to reveal its release details, though many are hoping that it will end up being cheaper than its competitors. Now a new listing for the kit online has suggested that this may be the case.
As reported by Geek Lyng, an unnamed Czech website has priced the upcoming kit at 11,990Kc as seen in the image above. That translates to around $490 or £350 GBP. If there’s any accuracy to the listing, then PlayStation VR will indeed be cheaper than the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive by a fair margin, though this was to be expected given the kit’s 1080p display and less elaborate tracking systems. SCE hasn’t made any comment about the listing and likely won’t. The company has revealed that it will have an event for the kit at GDC 2016, though, so this information may be coming soon.
One huge advantage PlayStation VR does have price-wise is that the PlayStation 4 console it runs on costs $350, while bundles of an Oculus Rift and a PC capable of running it start at $1,499. If this listing is accurate, the all-in pricing of a PlayStation VR could be a little over half of that at $840. That is if the kit were to include the PlayStation Camera needed for tracking, and perhaps a pair of PlayStation Move motion controllers that many of its compatible titles will require.
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