Sony to launch own VR headset for PlayStation 4 - Report

Sony to launch its own virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 and compete with the Oculus Rift, according to sources.

1237 Comments

The next chapter in Sony's next-gen technology strategy might come in the form of a custom virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4, reports have claimed.

Sony's HMZ-T2 VR headset. Image credit: Cnet France
Sony's HMZ-T2 VR headset. Image credit: Cnet France

Sony's virtual reality plans for the PlayStation 4, reported by both Eurogamer and CVG, are said to involve hardware technology similar to the Oculus Rift headset, which has been a source of intense industry interest since its barnstorming Kickstarter success in August 2012. A consumer version of the Oculus Rift has yet to be dated.

A VR version of Evolution Studios' PS4 launch racer Driveclub is said to be in an internal prototype stage, with players able to experience a VR cockpit. Based in Liverpool, England, Evolution Studios is also close to Sony's Worldwide Studios Stereoscopic 3D team.

CVG says that the Sony VR headset will be unveiled at Tokyo Game Show later this month, while Eurogamer says Sony will unveil the product in 2014, after the release of the PlayStation 4. Both sites report that the company originally planned to show the headset at Gamescom 2013 last week, but those plans were scrapped at the last minute.

Tokyo Games Show 2013 will run from September 19 through September 22.

As a company, Sony has pre-existing experience with VR. Sony currently sells the HMZ-T2 in Europe and Canada for £999, with the headset designed for use with 3D games and movies. The HMZ-T2 features two 720p OLED screens and incorporates a 5.1 surround sound system.

Sony's gaming VR headset will be sold separately from the PlayStation 4 hardware, CVG adds.

The PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15 in North America for $399, and on November 29 in Europe for €399/£349.

Please use a html5 video capable browser to watch videos.
This video has an invalid file format.
00:00:00
Sorry, but you can't access this content!
Please enter your date of birth to view this video

By clicking 'enter', you agree to GameSpot's
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy

A Sony representative declined to comment.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com

Join the conversation
There are 1237 comments about this story