GameStop CEO Says PlayStation VR Will Start Shipping This Fall
With launches already looming for both the HTC Vive and the Oculus Rift, virtual reality fans have been earnestly awaiting details for the last major HMD to join the party, the Playstation VR.
Yesterday, in an interview with Fox Business‘s Maria Bartiromo, Gamestop CEO Paul Raines declared that GameStop “will launch the Sony product this fall,” in reference to the upcoming PlayStation VR. Raines also detailed that the company is “in discussions” to begin carrying both the Oculus and HTC headsets.
While the comments certainly suggest PSVR availability by the fall, it’s unclear whether Raines’s comments indicate that the PSVR will be sold at GameStop at its launch or whether the device will be available elsewhere earlier.
Known as Project Morpheus in a previous life, PSVR offers a unique approach to VR gaming as it runs on a current generation game console, the PS4. The device, which also makes use of other existing hardware solutions including the Playstation Move controllers, is considered a major threat in the VR space due to the healthy ecosystem already surrounding the device.
While the folks over at Oculus and HTC are having to convince consumers to invest in the headsets alongside expensive PC builds, there are already 36 million PS4’s on the market ready to work with PSVR.
Though there’s still no word on final pricing for the headset, Bloomberg reported in September that the device will be priced as a “new gaming platform,” according to an interview with Sony exec Andrew House.
If this information is true, Sony will have ample time to witness the reception of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive which launch in March and (most likely) April respectively. Sony had most previously suggested a release date of the first half of 2016 for the headset.