PlayStation VR at rAge 2016 with South Africa Cost Estimates
At this year’s rAge expo, we had the honor of briefly chatting to Mario Dos Santos, the CEO at SterKinekor Entertainment about the #PSVR Headset, PlayStation Slim and PlayStation Pro systems to gain an insight on what to expect when they hit shelves at retail stores.
Sony’s PlayStation VR Headset has been the talk of the geek (I am proudly geek) community since its initial announcement in 2014! One of the reasons I was so thrilled about the PSVR headset, is because I do not need to build myself a seriously pimped gaming PC to experience VR like you do on the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.
Please do not misunderstand me, I am not knocking the HTC Vive or Oculus Rift, I just do not own a PC and would hate to feel left in the dark because of that, now instead, I can delve into the VR world powered by my PlayStation 4. As of 13 October 2016, the PlayStation VR headset is finally available to buy, not locally sadly, but in the UK.
PlayStation VR Quick-Info Guide
• Release: 13 October 2016
• Compatibility: All PS4 systems
• Display Spec: 5.7inch 1920×1080 Full-HD OLED Display (That is 960×1080 resolution per eye!)
• VR Games: Roughly 50 should be available by the end of 2016
[miptheme_quote author=”said Mario Dos Santos, SterKinekor Entertainment South Africa CEO” style=”text-center”]We wanted to give players an experience as close to real life as possible, letting them escape on a whole other level. That is why we took enough time to perfect the display. With a 100 Degree Field of View and 18ms response time, you can expect to be blown away.[/miptheme_quote]
Armed with the knowledge of the UK release date, we started off our “interview” by asking Mario about the “forecasted” South African distribution and availability. Very cool-under-pressure, Mario was not phased at all that the delay in local release meant that Santa cannot leave one of these headsets under our wildly decorated trees this year, and he assured us that the delay just makes the wait worth the fun, which we can confirm to be 100% accurate after playing the Batman VR demo in the Press Exclusive Hospitality Lounge.
Start saving folks, because the estimated cost regions for the devices are as follows.
The PS4 Slim is targeted to replace the Standard PS4 Systems in November 2016, so pretty much like the “facelift” version of the PS3 that occurred and we should not see a significant price adjustment here.
The PS4 Pro will only become available late November 2016, and should cost you around the R6,800 mark.
The #PSVR Headset will be available late January at best or early February (my birthday gift to myself) at worst and carries an expected price tag of around R6,500!
In all honesty, when you look at the unboxing video below, you will agree that the price is justified, very reasonable and affordable.
Unboxing of a PSVR Headset
We would like to thank SterKinekor Entertainment for allowing us some time to discuss the new products with them and for the “down-low” on what we can expect. If you did not make it to rAge 2016 and missed out on the PSVR stand experience, take it from us, you really really want to get yourself a PSVR Headset next year!