We are in the dawn of a new era folks! The year 2016 will mark the beginning of virtual reality, the future of gaming. The Oculus Rift is prepared to secure a #1 spot in the VR market, but it’s going to have to deal with colossal competition. Gaming powerhouse Sony is preparing to unleash the PS4 Virtual Reality Headset in October 2016, but they’ve got another strategy to knock down the revolutionary Goliath. No release date is set but Giant Bomb learned that all game developers must include a Base Mode for regular PS4 games and NEO mode for PS4K games by October. The evidence discovered by Giant Bomb links to a possible October release. If true, an October release would coincide with the release of the VR. Regardless of its release date, Sony’s going to have to put out all the stops to top the Oculus Rift. The Oculus already began selling units in March and were shipping out pre-orders by January! The Rift may have already gained a head start, but Sony may have time to oust their competitor.
Sony already seems to have two things going in their favor:
Rumored to Be Cheaper than the Rift
Despite pre-order sales and an early year release, only 18% of consumers will pay $500 for the Rift. With the PS4 VR retailing at $399, the PS4VR is already $10o+ cheaper than the Oculus Rift. To further place the scales in Sony’s favor, the PS4K is rumored to also be priced at $399. Of course, things change, but if Sony makes the PS4K as affordable as the PS4 and VR, they’ll have a definite edge over the Oculus.
The PS4K: The Ultimate HD Virtual Reality Experience
Along with having greater, CPU, GPU, and memory capacity, the console will support 4K (Ultra High Definition) technology and virtual reality. The PS4K will improve the PS4 VR experience to provide what Sony promises will be a “high-end virtual reality experience”. In one gaming session, gamers will be getting 23 times the resolution that’s offered during the usual PS4 gaming session. With the PS4 VR’s 120 Hz and 90Hz refresh rates surpassing the Rift, the resolution could go up to infinity and beyond. The PS4K’s hardware will also be equipped to handle such large framerates in order to give gamers such a high-end experience.
Will Sony Be the King of Virtual Reality?
While Sony’s prepared to do battle in this challenging new era, they’ll need to drop the negativity in order to beat their competitors. With a positive attitude and a little help from their loyal PlayStation supporters, Sony may very well be the top name in virtual reality gaming.
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