According to GameStop CEO Paul Raines, Sony's virtual reality headset will launch months after the competition.
In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Raines said that GameStop is preparing for virtual reality launches from Oculus, HTC, and Sony. In terms of the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, Raines said that GameStop is still "in discussions" but Sony is already confirmed. "We will launch the Sony product this fall," said Raines. This conflicts with Sony's own timetable for the VR headset which was released last year. According to Sony's plan, the PlayStation VR headset will launch in the first half of 2016 and the company has not released any information to the contrary. Following the interview, a GameStop spokesperson said, "To clarify, Sony has not officially announced a release date for PlayStation VR." When asked if Raines misspoke, the representative added, "Paul did mean generally speaking, whenever PlayStation VR launches, we will be ready for it and supporting it heavily at launch and going into Holiday 2016." In its own statement, Sony said, "GameStop was speculating and we have not released any further details on launch timing."
While it may be unclear when Sony's virtual reality headset will hit shelves, there are plenty of rumors circulating about the upcoming system. According to these reports, the PlayStation VR may launch with a significantly lower price tag than initially expected and about half the price of the Oculus Rift. The rumored price for the Sony headset is just $299, though this is believed to only include the head-mounted display. The PlayStation VR headset is also expected to work with accessories like the PS4 camera, PlayStation Move controllers, and more; these accessories will be sold separately.
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