Sony PlayStation VR headset
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Sony hasn’t announced a 2016 launch date for the PlayStation VR, the virtual reality headset that will pair up with the PS4 console, but GameStop CEO Paul Raines said he’s preparing for a fall debut.
“It’s a big launch. We’re getting ready for it,” Raines said in a TV interview with Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo. “We will launch the Sony product this fall.”
He said GameStop is also in retail distribution talks with Oculus, the Facebook-owned VR specialist, as well as with HTC, maker of the Vive VR platform.
Oculus started taking preorders for the Oculus Rift last month ahead of shipments that will begin this spring, and yesterday started to take preorders for Oculus Rift-PC bundles that start at $1,499. Preorders for the HTC Vive are expected to open on February 29.
Google, maker of the entry-level Cardboard VR viewer, is reportedly developing a new VR headset that will rival the Samsung Gear VR and require the user to pair the device with a smartphone, and is said to be working on a more advanced self-contained VR headset.
Raines said it’s hard to measure the VR market right now, but is bullish about it because current forecasts “all start with a ‘B’.” He referenced a Goldman Sachs forecast that sees the VR market eclipsing that of TV by 2025.
You can view the Raines interview below: