The Oculus Rift headset has made waves in gaming circles as it promises to bring the promise of virtual reality to...well, reality. Sony has apparently taken notice as a Tuesday report claims that Sony will announce its own VR headset for the Playstation 4 to be released in 2014.
Sources with Eurogamer say that Sony originally intended to reveal a PS4 virtual reality headset at Gamescom last week but was pulled at the last minute. The company now plans to officially announce the device in 2014 instead.
The headset has been demonstrated with the racing sim DriveClub internally so far and is intended to be a more competitive upgrade from the Sony HMZ-T2 headset.
Sony has made it a habit to use its game console to push a new technology. It did so with the PS2 and DVDs, the PS3 and Blu-ray and even the PS3 and 3D. While the first two are definite check marks in the success column, support for 3D never came to fruition as Sony hoped to do a combination of costs and inconvenience.
It will be interesting to see the reaction to Sony's attempt to make virtual reality headsets mainstream with the PS4. While the Oculus Rift, the cost of the headset and inconvenience of wearing a head-mounted display are concerns for widespread acceptance.
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