PlayStation VR Will Be Around $400, Believes Industry Analyst

That would be its best bet at mass market penetration.

Posted By | On 15th, Jan. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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The Oculus Rift’s sticker shock is beginning to subside, but as the VR headset, that was once touted as the everyman’s affordable virtual reality gear, is now a premium high end product, all eyes are on the HTC Vive and the PlayStation VR to see if one of them may end up fulfilling the initial promise that Oculus once made.

Of these, the PlayStation VR has more of a chance to be cheaper- it’s being backed by a bigger company (meaning it can be sold at a loss), and it’s tethered to a generally lower end experience than PC VR can be. If any product is going to be cheap enough to ‘bring VR to the masses’, it will be PlayStation VR in all likelihood.

And how much may it cost? Well, there is no way to know for now (and Sony is being extremely cagey and elusive with this information), but industry analyst Michael Pachter believes that it’ll be $400.

“I think Morpheus (PlayStation VR) is highly likely to be 400 bucks. It’s gonna be hard… — if you actually look at the headset, there’s a lot there. So, I think it’s gonna be hard to price it below 300; It’s possible… if they believe they’re gonna make enough of them.”

Pachter also said that he believes that PlayStation VR can be far more successful than Oculus- if only because it requires a cheaper upfront investment than Oculus, which is more expensive, and which needs a high end rig to manage much.

“A lot of people don’t have a really high-end PC laying around, so I think the PlayStation 4 crowd has a huge advantage. Sony’s got an install base, as of November, of thirty million of them. So, I can see Sony planning to sell ten million Morpheus units. I doubt that they will sell those in the first year, because there probably won’t be a lot of content, but I can see them planning to sell 10 million over time.”

$400 sounds about right to me, and is actually on the higher end of the price range that I had predicted for the headset. I think it will be either $350 or $400- although I also do think that this will be just the headset. The PlayStation Move controllers will probably need to be bought separately.

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  • Psionicinversion

    Michael Pachter…. looks at what everyone else thinks and tries to remain relevant

  • Starman

    Sony: “120 Hz and and super low latency”

    aaaaaaa ha ha ha ..My @$$ it’s 120Hz and “SUPER low LATENCY”…GTFO

    • Humberto Gutiérrez

      Xbox fanboy or PC ?

    • polysix

      Just a general C*nt I think?

    • Tech junkie

      Haha, yep, not to mention 120hz is useless on sub 30fps games

  • kee1haul

    This man has been wrong more often than ISIS.

  • polysix

    Doesn’t take an analyst to know this, it’s already what most of think/know. Even as DK2 user and once oculus fan, for me it’s Vive (first – if good and decent price) and PSVR if all else fails. I can wait a couple more years for PC VR to get cheaper but PSVR will be ‘fun’ in the meantime even with its lack of power. Importantly it’ll be cheap, supported by devs, robust and well designed!

    • Starman

      Did you wake up yet ?

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      Yes after sleeping all night with your mom. mmmm

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      720P LOL

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  • Drewidian

    Mr. Patcher has been more wrong than right. PSVR will more than likely cost more so in the $600-$800 range. Why? Because not only do you have to buy the head unit which will be at least $200, there is also an external GPU unit(another $150 – $199), plus you have to buy the new Move Controllers($60/set), camera($60), and headphones($60 for a cheap set if you don’t have any). That alone is $530 without buying a game. Sony may throw in some demos but this will more than likely cost around $600 – $800.. anything less is just wishful thinking.

  • Truth™

    $399 sounds right for a a 720P headset chained to weak hardware that can’t run games at 1080P 30FPS never mind 90FPS


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