Sony has introduced PlayStation VR, a virtual reality add-on for the PlayStation4, into New Zealand concurrent with the global launch.
Michael Ephraim, managing director, Sony Interactive Entertainment Australia and New Zealand, described the development as “the biggest step change in gaming and entertainment innovation that the industry has seen.”
At launch there are 30 PS4 games with VR support and Sony said it expects this number to grow to 50 games by the end of the year. “With more than 230 developers and publishers working on PS VR titles, the system’s games portfolio will continue to expand after launch with highly anticipated games including: Resident Evil 7 biohazard; Robinson, The Journey, Star Wars Battlefront Rogue OneX-wing VR Mission; Star TrekBridge Crew and Farpoint.”
According to Sony, PS VR delivers a sense of presence, where players feel as though they are physically inside the virtual world of a game. “PS VR leverages state-of-the-art technologies, such as 360 degree head tracking, wide field of view, high refresh rates, and SIE’s own binaural 3D audio technology, to heighten the emotions gamers experience as they play and make them believe they’ve been transported to another world.”
Sony adds that, by using peripherals such as PlayStation Move motion controller, Dualshock 4 wireless controller and the upcoming PS VR aim controller, players will be able to “explore virtual environments and intuitively interact with characters as if they are actually present in the world of a game.”
PS VR also has a ‘Social Screen’ feature that allows users who are not wearing the VR headset to see on the TV what the PS VR player is seeing in the headset, or to play alongside the VR player in supporting games.