Report: Sony's PS4 virtual reality headset to be announced in March

Source says people will "definitely be impressed" by Sony's Oculus Rift competitor; first look at it reportedly coming during GDC 2014 in March.

Pictured is Sony's HMZ-T3W, not the PS4 headset in question.

Sony will officially announce its PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset during the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, a source told TechRadar today. The show opens on March 17 and GameSpot will be in attendance.

TechRadar's unspecified "insider source" told the site that Sony's Oculus Rift competitor is coming along nicely. "The quality and resolution are really, really good. People will definitely be impressed with what Sony's built," the tipster said.

Sony's rumored virtual reality device for the PS4 was first expected to be announced during Gamescom in August or Tokyo Game Show in September. However, that never happened. That's because, according to the source, Sony wanted extra time to make sure the device--which still does not have a name--is ready for its official unveiling.

"Sony has deliberately taken its time to tweak and polish the headset before revealing it," the source said. This is a markedly different approach to the Oculus Rift, which has been released to developers across various stages of completeness.

Of course, Sony already has a line of dedicated head-mounted displays. But this new virtual reality headset is believed to be tailored specifically for gaming purposes. Its announcement would come as little surprise, as PS4 lead system architect Mark Cerny said this month that virtual reality could be a major force in the industry over the next decade.

"The impact of virtual reality technologies could be pretty significant going forward in that time frame," Cerny said at the time.

Microsoft is also rumored to be working on virtual reality technology of its own for the Xbox One called "Fortazela," which is reportedly similar to Google Glass.

Why wouldn't Sony and Microsoft strike a deal with Oculus VR to bring the Oculus Rift to the PS4 or Xbox One? According to creator Palmer Luckey, those consoles are "too limited."

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ojmstr
ojmstr

Im pretty sure Sony will make a great VR headset after being in the hardware buisiness for over half a century, they are perfectionists and people who thinks this will fail are so wrong, this is not just a gimmick, VR is here to stay. 8 more days untill they will announce it on the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. Cant wait! 

gleninak
gleninak

I don't think games are the draw for VR, at least not for me and millions of other people.  I can have a fun game experience and that will add to my life.  What I really want and need is a Virtual Entertainment room.  Something you might see in a millionaires home, but much more configurable and easily manipulatable.  I am thinking of a virtual room with a "200 TV, a 200" monitor, a Messaging wall, a video chat wall, a live view of the beach in the Bahamas.  In other words, something a millionaire would want, that it would take a million dollars to build, and I want it for $1000.  I want a 360 degree view, I want to resize screens so I can play my favorite game, watch a movie, keep an eye on stocks, watch messages and my favorite 1980's Rush concert at the same time.  I want to control sound inputs, levels, resize screens, configure interruptions from important changes.  You know, things a millionaire would do.  I want to trade stocks, watch 3 different news channels, see my kids play, start a meeting at work, and visit the grand canyon.  I want to be more-than-a-millionaire, not a really great gamer.  Just my two cents.

dfuknb
dfuknb

I will drop $300 easy if its putting a IMAX size screen in front of my eyes!!! I will drop $400 if it is designed to have no image barrier and feels submersive... I will drop $500 if it has 7.1 Surround and all of the above plus a chair!!!

jayviradiya
jayviradiya

Hats off to your exposure that finally

helped in reconnoitring the virtual reality headset deeply, that too with a
positive awe-inspiring news for possible launch of revolution in Play station™ gaming. It would add breathtaking experience for racing and FPS
games in Play-station.

Though still a mystery whether Sony will
successfully launch this add-on to Play station™ and we all know Sony believes in delivering innovative experiences
to its products so presumptions are positive!! Once again, applause of
appreciation for this exposure! I mean awesome.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

VR is the new standard in gaming. I'm glad Sony recognizes this, but their system is gimped for VR, the resolutions will be low and the frame rates will likely be headache inducing.

parabol69
parabol69

Isn't Sony hemoraging money?  Why the hell would they waste their time with this garbage?  

ebookerd1
ebookerd1

Worthless Tech. not worth the money.

Tommi88
Tommi88

This is just so lame, talk about nerd tech


nightsinner
nightsinner

At least Sony isn't going to bundle this with the PS4 and force it on the world for a extra 100$.  Although I can see a day when something like this will work together with a motion sensing camera to provide one hell of a gaming experience.  When that day comes you better get rid of all your lamps in the living room.  

soleil22
soleil22

meh... i want this to be cool but i know it probably won't be.  i dig the new consoles but I don't think they will nail it with this yet.  it needs to be at least oculus level and i doubt that it will be. 

cryofax
cryofax

Put this on the pile of unwanted tech along with 3-D TV and Motion Controls (Dump the Kinect as manadatory Microsoft!)

ordubis
ordubis

Dear Sony,

We already have it and you'll just charge too much.

Sincerely,
PC Gamers

shangtsung7
shangtsung7

wonder if this will be useable for all ps4 games?   if so that would be amazing!   imagine playing Dying Light "a zombie survival game" where you literally feel like you're there!   it would add an entirely new twist on horror games, making them downright terrifying!   lol  i'm in.

haze0986
haze0986

i bought a pair of myvu glasses to use with my 360, not the same concept but its still wearing glasses that project a screen. That got uncomfortable after about 30 minutes of playing. im sure this will be the same unless they made it feel weightless

HapiJoel
HapiJoel

Would either console be able to run games at the necessary frame rate for the illusion to work? What frame rate is the Occulus running on PC?

oOhedzOo
oOhedzOo

Microsoft are not even trying with the xbox because they know it's limits, 30fps that is.

white_wind
white_wind

finally some competition that will make the Rift development pick some speed, how long since it was teased? they certainly take their time.

gowofwarKratos
gowofwarKratos

GameSpot is also careless when comes to typing foreigner words. The name is "Fortaleza" which is the name of my hometown in Brazil  and not "Fortazela".  

nukacolachemist
nukacolachemist

I think this is a gimmick.. Good hardware and good exclusives are what move games. Not motion tracking fitness cameras and Oculus Rift competitors.

gregrout
gregrout

Lovely, I'm sure there's a Just Dance 2014 nude mod in development as we speak.    

rsj2
rsj2

I cautiously welcome this.  Good to know there will be a VR option on consoles as well as PC.

jchip
jchip

For the seemingly uneducated Oculus Rift peanut gallery, a history lesson -


Sony Glasstron, retail 1997 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasstron

Sony TMZ, retail 2011 - http://www.engadget.com/2011/09/07/sony-announces-a-4k-projector-for-the-home-at-cedia-prices-hmz/

Oculus Rift, invention 2012, retail 2014/5 - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oculus_Rift


Sony's gone and done it again...they've used a time machine to create another blatant rip-off, years before its invention. 


This is the 4th generation of Sony's TMZ range and has been rumoured since 2012. Is it really that hard to use Google, or even a link in the article?!?

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Alien Isolation on the Rift is going to be epic.

mingolo
mingolo

Unless Sony is planning to make this work with PCs as well (which I doubt, because they'll probably want to use this as a PS4 system seller), it's not really an Oculus Rift "competitor," it's actually helpful for the rift. If the only virtual reality gaming option was the Oculus Rift on PC, the amount of developers willing to develop games especially made for VR would be limited due to the small market, but if the consoles have their own VR version as well, the profit to be made from VR games would be a lot higher and we would see more of them.

youre_a_sheep
youre_a_sheep

VR headsets: Experience the future as imagined in 1994.

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

For those who ever cared to know, Oculus Rift apparently suspended production because their only source for displays switched to something more different and now it's going to be delayed and/or never released. Who would have thought this would happen? =(

Mkeegs79
Mkeegs79

@ebookerd1  Worthless tech? You can say the same thing about all video game hardware. What's your point?

soleil22
soleil22

@ordubis  i love when pc guys read the console game articles and then comment and casually note their self appointed superiority by subtly letting others know they play on pc's.  nothing about this article relates to pc. nobody reading this article cares if you are using a pc.  if we wanted to dump tons of money on pc's we probably would have by now. 

haze0986
haze0986

@HapiJoel  judging from the games i saw such as guillotine sim and some underwater game the rift isnt impressive. they said the new consoles arent powerful enough but clearly the rift isnt because every game i saw so far has looked like trash and could easily run while rendering dual images on both new consoles, the x1 might have a bit of trouble unless more resources are allocated to running it.

torrne667
torrne667

@oOhedzOo  Really? I could have sworn that forza 5 on the xbox one runs at 1080p and 60fps? Unless everyone else has a different copy of forza 5 for the xbox one than you have reviewed...Do you think thats whats happened?

cryofax
cryofax

@gowofwarKratos You'll find the media is lazy in all regards. Every time they mention anything I know something about, there's some error. Which means probably everything they write has some errors in it.

pixeloz
pixeloz

@nukacolachemist  


In reply to: nukacolachemist


I would not be so sure or go so fast as saying something like that. In normal circumstances that has been a frequent thing. There have been many gimmicks that have come and go like the robot that the NES had or like the LCD 3D glasses that the Sega Master System had which were pretty bad, technology was not ready for that then.


In cases like those and in many others people quickly realized the gimmicks that those were and of course those technologies never went anywhere but witness what happened to the Nintendo Wii, some people do not like it but there are many others that love it and the product has been a tremendous success from the beginning and witness how it defeated in sales by a long, long margin for a long, long time the consoles that were much higher powered than it was (in terms of raw CPU and GPU processing power). That did not turned out to be the gimmick or the flop that some people though that it was going to be, it was a real advance in tridimensional game control methods.


A technology like the Occulus Rift is a huge jump forward in VR technology compared to previous efforts and it should not be regarded as a gimmick until it is finally released and the general public can fully test how good or bad it is and even then it may still take a while until software development catches up with the hardware technology (which has happened many times before) but from the initial industry wide reactions that I have seen and from the reactions that I have seen about it from public people that have tested the device it shows a lot of promise.


Until now VR technology have been a very hard and elusive goal to reach so it can be placed in the hands of the masses at an acceptable price with the quality that is necessary for people to like it enough. Recent advances in technology like the super high resolution retina like displays that smartphones have and higher quality much more precise head tracking and cameras at a much, much lower cost than ever before have brought into a much plausible reality the possibility of finally delivering a VR system that has the necessary features/quality/price for it to be accepted into the mainstream.


The people that understand what VR really, really is know very well that it is something that will happen sooner or later, that it is not a question of whether or not it will be done but more of WHEN it will be done and they also know that once it is there it is going to be a game changer for the way people play games and that it could be much more than that too eventually.


If it keeps going the way it seems to be going at the moment this decade could very well be the one that finally places this technology into people's hands. All those recent big jumps in the quality of the different technologies necessary to bring it about could very well make this the definitive decade in which VR finally arrives.


And I would not consider or say at this moment that something like the Sony VR headset is a gimmick until it is tested. I am not saying that it will be a success, it could very well be a total failure but SONY knows as well as the Occulus Rift people that we are approaching the threshold that will make this VR technology a real reality instead of a virtual one. Until both the Occulus Rift and the Sony VR technologies are fully tried we won't know if the technology is finally ready and mature enough but I think that it is a possibility that either both or at least one of those is successful.


If either them or both are successful they will completely change the gaming panorama and raise it to a level that is way, way higher than anything that we are accustomed to in games technologies until this moment. I am telling you, these are NOT the R.O.B. or the LCD 3D glasses of the Master System and they are not even those cool 3D glasses that TVs have, this is something else altogether, something that changes how immersed a player can feel inside a game in a very, very big way, and something that can make a player interact with the surrounding environment in a completely different way.


And even if neither of these two VR technologies is successful they will be more of the necessary steps that the technology needs to reach in order to bring it closer to fruition and inevitably this technology will eventually reach the masses as I stated before and when it does it will change gaming profoundly, probably much more than any other change that gaming has gone trough before.


And considering how serious the attempts done with these VR technologies are by their creators to make them reach the necessary level of quality I definitely would not call them gimmicks, even if they fail cause it is obvious that they are being serious efforts into making them a reality and if they do fail they could very well pave the way for the next generation or perhaps the one just after that to then finally makes this technology a reality. Again, like I said before, it is just a matter of time.

ibex66
ibex66

Thank you for sharing this with all the haters, I was going to share it myself but frustration was too much, there are some individuals who are so utterly determined to paint sony (a Japanese company) as the enemy of all creation and a blatant rip off of anything and everything American, and frankly I can't be bothered with these people with a predetermined agenda.

The fact is, as you pointed out, sony is at the cutting edge of innovation and always have been... Do these anti sony ppl forget that sony makes hundreds of products aside from the PlayStation?

Oculus has no greater right to "COPY" the concept of VR as Sony or Microsoft have the right to "COPY" it, and if the rights go to whoever utilised it earlier, then Sony was first in... But it doesn't work that way.

Bottom line, Sony didn't copy shit from oculus, how ridiculous, 97's glasstron is the perfect example.

ordubis
ordubis

@soleil22 Oh I just love when fanboys misinterpret a post and start a fight without facts.. Heads up, I'm a console user too..I just prefer PC more because I know what I'm talking about; while I did not point out that I am superior, when it comes to technology, I am. As for the message, it was actually an insult to Sony, whose consoles I both own and use. Also, allow me to correct your facts: a gaming computer with better specs than PS4 or Xbone can be built for under their retail prices; for an example, I built my computer year or so before the specs were announced for those "next-gen" systems and the overall cost was still under the retail prices of the systems while exceeding the specifications. Let me know when you actually know what you're talking about.. Thanks.

haze0986
haze0986

@torrne667 @oOhedzOo  racing games should be the easiest games to run at the highest settings, theres nearly zero AI needed and very few things to render, forza running at 60 fps isnt special, and yes the same goes for GT except gt has much better environments and better AI or so i personally think.

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

@ibex66 Ummm, I'm pretty sure Rift is the reason they are bringing this to market.  Otherwise why now if they had the ability to before?  They may have had the tech to a certain degree, but it wasn't until the market showed interest in Oculus that they decided to actually try this.

Remember all those great VR games on the PS2 and PS3?  Me either.

Kilvoctu-san
Kilvoctu-san

@liquidation_ily

I was playing the newest PC games on medium-high, 30+ FPS, on the SAME PC hardware for over 5 (yes, FIVE) years; and this was cheap hardware, as in <$400 cheap. I've only upgraded recently because I wanted to max out all settings in all games. What did this cost? A $300 GFX card (everything else was already sufficient). If was content with minimum settings, there's no doubt my hardware would have sufficed for over a decade. Some of my friends have piece of crap laptops from the dark ages that can play modern games on minimum (and they look better than PS3 graphics).


So you honestly think PC gamers have to upgrade every year to meet minimum requirement for games? Honestly? The absurdity of this statement is truly laughable. With such a progression, we would have had this era's gaming tech on PC when console players were still playing Super Mario World. It's incredibly clear that your experience with a PC extends no further than turning it on, surfing the internet, and loading your system with malware. Such irony when you allege others on their lack of knowledge.


Also, before you claim I'm ignorant, do know I own dozens of consoles/handhelds from each generation stretching back to the early 90's and my console games take up two bookshelves of space (I wish I could say 80's but I sold those consoles..). I don't own a PS4/XBone due to no interesting games released for them.

ordubis
ordubis

Allow me to stop you right here: Don't understand my technology? My facts are backed by years of experience, a technical certificate and degree in Computer IT while as your level of experience is probably replacing a hard drive. PCs don't have to be upgraded; if you actually understood technology, you'd realize the PS4 is essentially a pre-built PC; don't forget that lovely subscription cost too. That alone could handle some of the optional upgrades. If you've ever actually tried the graphics of a PC as opposed to a console, you know they scale. If you turn the graphics on low to medium, you match the graphics of the PS4 and, as I said, without the requirement of upgrading.. Don't forget, unlike your biased ass, I own both consoles and computers, and I actually have experience and an opinion that holds it's weight. Please learn your stuff or don't waste my damn time, kid.

liquidation_ily
liquidation_ily

@ordubis Oh I just love when fanboys don't understand their technology, but they think they do. I just prefer PS4 because I would rather spend $400 on something that doesn't need to be upgraded to play the next years games, and is completely supported for a decade. A PC would start out at $400, but then think of all the games that are developed for them. You would need to upgrade next year to meet minimum specifications for the quality games that release that year! Let me know when you actually know what you're talking about. Thanks.

Sincerely,

PS4 Gamers

torrne667
torrne667

Why do I have to admit it's a weak console? I haven't got one or plan to get one. I just hate it when idiots spew false crap out of their so called brains onto a comments page. For the record though..The xbox360 had 100 games that ran 60 fps also..and while we're at it..It had cross game chat...did the ps3 have that?..nope, don't think they could do that. P.C FOREVER!! :D

pixeloz
pixeloz

@smokeless_0225


I do not agree with that. Something like Guitar Hero and similar stuff is way, way different than true VR. True VR has not reached us because the technological/quality/price point that is adequate enough has been reached. If you understand what it really, really is you will know that it is a matter of time before it reaches the masses. It is not a question of IF, it is a question of WHEN.


When the technology is good enough and affordable enough it will come to stay, it will not be a passing fad like those you mention.True VR is something else and a much more profound change in gaming than most people at the moment realize, but when people finally put their hands in a VR system that has enough quality and that they can afford they wont want to play games the way they did before.


It is just as I already said that the quality-price point has not been reached yet and there is no way to tell when that is going to finally happen but eventually it will happen and we may very well be at the moment in history when that technology will become true.

haze0986
haze0986

@smokeless_0225  i feel the same....VR is just the next wave of 3d, a few years from now it will die, but as for guitar hero....it couldve still been a successful game if they didnt release one every year, and actually changed something instead of just songs

jchip
jchip

@BrassBullet @ibex66  Umm, I'm pretty sure Sony have been releasing TMZ models annually for the last four years.

It was originally going to be a PS3 peripheral but was held back for the PS4.

smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@BrassBullet

"Remember all those great VR games <insert console and date>." 

Hasn't happened yet, never will imo. VR will be just a passing fad like DDR, Guitar Hero, motion gaming, etc...