The Long Virtual Reality Tease Continues at Sony’s ‘PlayStation Experience’ Event
Sony Corp.6758.TO-0.97% over the weekend showed demos for about a half-dozen virtual-reality games at its second annual “PlayStation Experience” fan event. What it didn’t reveal: prices and release dates.
The long-awaited arrival of virtual reality is taking a little longer to come into shape. Of the major hardware makers, only Samsung’s Gear VR is out the door, and the roughly $100 device for Galaxy smartphones is considered a lighter alternative to the coming beefy headsets that work with consoles and PCs. Those devices, including Facebook Inc.FB-0.32%’s Oculus Rift and HTC Corp.’s Vive aren’t due out until next year. (A limited supply of Vive headsets is expected as soon as this week, though only for developers.)
Also missing from most VR demonstrations has been blockbuster games with names people recognize. Oculus is an exception, announcing last week that the well-known party game “Rock Band.” It previously said “Minecraft” was coming to the device, too.
That said, Sony revealed that at least one major videogame publisher, Ubisoft Entertainment SAUBI.FR-2.16%, is bringing a new game to its PlayStation VR headset, which was formerly known as Project Morpheus. In “Eagle Flight,” players control an eagle flying over Paris 50 years after humans have abandoned the city.
Another VR mystery is price. Facebook has said the Rift will cost about $1,500 — a price that includes a computer powerful enough to run it. People can buy the headset without a PC but a standalone price hasn’t been announced. Meanwhile, rivals have offered only a few hints. At a conference in July, Sony suggested its VR games could cost about the same as — if not less than — traditional PlayStation games, which average between $50 and $60.
Correction: Ubisoft’s “Eagle Flight” is being made for several virtual-reality systems. An earlier version of this article incorrectly said the game was exclusive to PlayStation VR.