Sony Says PlayStation VR Support On PC Is Possibility And Could Mean Lower System Reqs

Written by Stuart Thomas on Tue, Mar 29, 2016 2:00 PM

Choosing which VR headset to buy is an expensive gamble. Ranging from the $10 Google Cardboard all the way up to the $799 HTC Vive, if you want to play everything you’ve practically got to buy it all. Should you hold fire for a little though and Sony may have you almost totally covered with the PlayStation VR.

Currently a VR headset designed exclusively for the PlayStation 4, Sony has said it is looking into the possibility of expanding the capabilities of PSVR, even considering bringing it to PC. That would mean with a single headset you could theoretically play the PS4 exclusives and the PC VR titles.

"The possibility exists since the PlayStation 4 shares many of its parts with the PC," said Sony’s executive VP Masayasu Ito. "At the moment, we're concentrating on games so I have nothing to announce at this point, but we're looking to expand in a variety of areas."

As it stands there’s a layer of software abstraction, much like any VR headset, that prevents the PlayStation VR from a simple plug and play experience on PC. Sony would have to work on this, but it doesn’t sound as if there’s any technical boundaries to halt its progress.

For gamers it would be a cheaper alternative, costing $399 for the base headset, and its use across both PC and PS4 would add significant value. Then there’s also the 1920 x 1080 screen to consider. This is some way below the 2160 x1200 of the Rift and the Vive, so it would need proportionally less hardware power to drive it. That could be a huge boon for those whose rigs don’t quite meet the recommended requirements for the current VR headsets.

Sony’s PlayStation VR is out in October this year.

What do you think then, would you take a resolution hit to pick up a cheaper VR headset? 

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05:30 Mar-30-2016

well, this is the step in the right direction, though the Sulon Q is probably going to cost as much as a Rift (while the hardware is about to be outdated and really does need to be external graphics ready) and is a self contained headset

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20:59 Mar-29-2016

I'd be more willing to try this at $400 than I would the Vive or Rift. Sony would be stupid to now support it on PC.

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18:16 Mar-29-2016

Dream came true. A good thought by Sony :) waiting to see reaction of Microsoft (xbox one)

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20:18 Mar-29-2016

There will be no response, Xbox isn't going the VR route.


They are instead going for AR (augmented reality) which is entirely different form VR.

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21:26 Mar-29-2016

I'm curious to see if AR will take off like VR did. Personally I think AR is where we need to go for both gaming and tech, but I wonder if the masses will like VR more than AR.

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16:36 Mar-29-2016

If sony doesn't take advantage of their vr headset on pc, modders will!

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16:17 Mar-29-2016

yeah right, what's next sony? lats of us to PC? wait --this is actually good stuffs, come, come, cheaper stuffs is always better

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15:37 Mar-29-2016

If sony can make their vr for pc combatible they would fk everyone in the ass, oculus ** and and htc valve would need to cut prices by 40 percent which they will do anyway, cause nothing for 700€ becomes mainstream... so there you go, just wait for it to happen, meanwhile check the reviews and whats up to come...

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17:07 Mar-29-2016

You should tell that to someone who cares. I still see no point in VR anyway.

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21:33 Mar-29-2016

Virtual Reality is just an experience for everyone (who can buy it) to enjoy. If you don't like it, that's fine. Everyone has their own opinions.

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22:23 Mar-29-2016

If people want to experience that then I say go ahead, it's their money. :)

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02:08 Mar-30-2016

It's odd that you would comment on a topic that you don't care about. Thoroughly annoying that you'd negatively reply to someone's valid thoughts on it.

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04:02 Mar-30-2016

I'm just stating how I honestly feel about VR which is around how the majority feels about VR at the moment.

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08:16 Mar-30-2016

Honestly for comment the way you made your first comment, keep it to yourself, tell THAT to someone who cares as you said, here we discuss and dont write such short nonsense negative opinion, if you dont care about VR, dont even open this article for the sake of everyone. Keep with the "mayority" and leave the rest.

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08:26 Mar-30-2016

I said majority not "mayority". LOL


But seriously I will come and express my opinion all I want, positive or negative. I have that right.

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08:33 Mar-30-2016

However I'll try not to be so blunt next time. That was the only real mistake I made here.

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15:34 Mar-29-2016

I still say no thanks to VR.

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15:33 Mar-29-2016

You forgot to mention 120Hz and an OLED screen. I think it's worth it if you're looking into VR because it's cheaper and works with PS4 (A lot of good exclusives) and PC at a later date. It's requirements will probably be higher on PC than the Rift/VIVE, since with a 120Hz on PS VR it means that it's outputting more MP/s than the Rift/VIVE so it would need more powerfull hardware to run at.

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16:20 Mar-29-2016

Also, how do you track the PS VR on PC? You need a camera that can track the lights on the PS VR.

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03:56 Mar-30-2016

The Eye-Toy for PS2 was compatible with PC as a webcam... I'm sure the PS4 camera could get windows driver support.

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14:36 Mar-30-2016

The PS4 camera doesn't only need windows driver support, it can't connect to the PC. You need to either buy a camera or buy a dongle for it as well.

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15:19 Mar-29-2016

why buy VR if it has ****ty games?i might think of it when it supports games like witcher 3,GTA V fallout 4 or future equivilents

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15:11 Mar-29-2016

i think cheaper vr headsets will be release in future

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14:21 Mar-29-2016

I'm not Interested in VR right now, but if I were, then yes I would buy PS VR if it supported PC.

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14:15 Mar-29-2016

cool im totally onboard with that. more competition is always good.

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