Sony Rift: PlayStation VR headset news, rumours, price and release date

With Oculus Rift making headlines around the gaming world, rumours have begun to spread that Sony could be planning its own VR headset to augment the PlayStation 4.

 

Virtual reality gaming is firmly back on the gaming radar thanks to the success of the Oculus Rift and rumours are circulating that Sony could be planning a headset of its own.

A Sony-branded Rift virtual reality could give the PlayStation maker a huge one up over bitter rival Microsoft. And, the company has already experimented with headsets, releasing the Sony HMZ-T3W last year.

In the run up to last year’s unveil of Microsoft and Sony’s next gen consoles, the big question was whether Sony would team up with the developers of Oculus Rift for a next generation headset built around the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation had confirmed that it’s using Oculus Rift dev kits and further hinted that it could be offering support in the future.

“We’ve got a couple of the development kits and I tried it out and I love it,” said Shuhei Yoshida, head of Worldwide Studios at Sony Computer Entertainment said before the unveiling of the PS4.

Last month, a source told our sister website TechRadar that “the quality and resolution are really, really good. People will definitely be impressed with what Sony’s built.”

So what do we know about what we're calling the Sony Rift? Article continues after our PS4 Oculus concept video.

Sony Rift release date

In all honesty, there is very little indication of when the Sony Rift will be available.

Multiple sources have suggested to T3.com that a protoype will be revealed at the Game Developers Conference later this month. The event starts on March 17 - so if this is true, we don't have long to wait.

And if Sony did show it off at GDC it might allow the company and its developers to take some of the limelight at the E3 gaming expo in LA.

Our best guess of when you’d be able to get your hands on it would be Christmas at the earliest but likely next year.

Sony is said to have been working on this device for more than two years - longer than the Oculus Rift development - and has held back on revealing it until it is up to a standard the company is happy with.

Ballpark guess? We wouldn’t be at all surprised if it is September 2015 at least before it lands on shelves.

 

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