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Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES “PLAYSTATION®VR”
AS THE OFFICIAL NAME FOR THE VIRTUAL REALITY SYSTEM
THAT EXPANDS THE WORLD OF PLAYSTATION®4SCE will Continue to Refine the System Hardware, While Further Enhancing Software Development Support
Tokyo, September 15, 2015 – Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced PlayStation®VR (PS VR) as the official product name for the virtual reality (VR) system that takes PlayStation®4 (PS4™) to the next level of immersion and enables players to feel a sense of presence.
PS VR has generated huge excitement from many developers as well as consumers since its first unveil in March 2014. PS VR is a unique VR system that combines with PS4 and PlayStation®Camera to enable players to enjoy a variety of content.
“The name ‘PlayStation VR’ not only directly expresses an entirely new experience from PlayStation® that allows players to feel as if they are physically inside the virtual world of a game, but it also reflects our hopes that we want our users to feel a sense of familiarity as they enjoy this amazing experience,” said Masayasu Ito, EVP, Division president of PS Product Business and VP, Software Design Division. “We will continue to refine the hardware from various aspects, while working alongside 3rd party developers and publishers and SCE Worldwide Studios, in order to bring content that deliver exciting experiences only made possible with VR.”
When the player places the VR headset on their head, an impressive virtual world will appear right before the player’s eyes, and as the player’s head rotates, the image of the world will also rotate naturally and intuitively in real-time. By utilizing 3D audio technology uniquely developed by SCE, sounds that players hear will also change in real-time depending on their head orientation within the 360-degree virtual space. Furthermore, by using PlayStation®Move (PS Move) Motion Controller or Wireless Controller (DUALSHOCK®4), players can explore virtual environments, and interact with virtual characters as if they are actually present in the world of a game.
3rd party software developers and publishers as well as SCE Worldwide Studios have been leveraging these unique features of PS VR to develop a broad range of software titles. Several of these content will be showcased at events and other occasions globally starting with Tokyo Game Show 2015, held from September 17th to 20th at Makuhari Messe, Chiba prefecture.
SCE will continue to further develop PS VR in order to realize amazing VR experience on PS4, and will contribute to the foundation of the VR market.
< Main specifications of PlayStation®VR >
|Component||Processor unit, VR headset|
|Panel Size||5.7 inches|
|Panel Resolution||1920×RGB×1080 (960×RGB×1080 per eye)|
|Refresh rate||120Hz, 90Hz|
|Field of View||Approximately 100 degrees|
|Connection interface||HDMI + USB|
|Function||3D audio, Social Screen|
- *Specifications and designs are those of the prototype and are subject to change.
About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.
Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes, develops and markets the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system, the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) computer entertainment system and the PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) portable entertainment system. SCEI has revolutionized home entertainment since they launched PlayStation in 1994. PlayStation®2 further enhanced the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment. PSP® broadens the entertainment experiences into the portable arena. PS3® is an advanced computer system, incorporating the powerful Cell Broadband Engine and RSX processors. PlayStation™ Network that includes PlayStation®Store, delivers unparalleled online gaming experience to PlayStation users. PS Vita is a portable entertainment system that offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity. PlayStation®4, available this holiday season, is the next generation computer entertainment system that redefines rich and immersive gameplay with powerful graphics and speed, intelligent personalization and deeply integrated social capabilities. Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI, along with its affiliated companies, Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and its division companies, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia develops, publishes, markets and distributes hardware and software, and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.
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