PlayStation VR GDC live report Finished

Join us live from GDC 2016 in San Francisco as Sony reveals key details on PlayStation VR!

We've heard pricing and release details on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive - now it's Sony's turn. After the eye-watering prices of those virtual reality headsets, all eyes are now on Sony to provide a more affordable alternative.

Hopefully we'll also get a better glimpse at some of the games headed to PlayStation VR, and announcements from some of the other developers supporting the technology.

Could a few fan favourite PlayStation franchises also be shown?

The show is due to start at 9pm UK time, and Oli is on the ground to report the announcements as they happen.

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  • SpookyJackBauer 2 years ago

    £350? yeah I'll take a punt on that. Well played Sony.
  • missmolotov 2 years ago

    @Shwing ah, got it, thank you :)
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Hmmm, if link doesn't work just search for 'PlayStation VR' and click on it.
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Yes it does say 'unavailable' - but below that it says 'Please Note...'http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00I9WWBCQ?keywords=playstation%20vr&qid=1458079230&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1
  • Yakkity 2 years ago

    You can watch the presentation here :https://www.periscope.tv/w/1BRJjaXVRDVGw
  • missmolotov 2 years ago

    @Shwing have you got a link for that please? When I search for PlayStation VR it just says 'currently unavailable'
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @chibber23 you are raising my hopes! :)
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    Amazon on the game already. Can see their site crashing like drunk dog, tomorrow morning.
  • Pwnsweet 2 years ago

    @Oli Does the Battlefront game require a copy of the recently released game or is it standalone? If it's standalone, will there be discounts/bonuses if you own the current version?
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Amazon UK now have this on site... 'Note: Please be advised that PlayStation VR will go on sale at 11:00 GMT on Wednesday, 16 March, 2016. Due to limited stock we are only able to offer one unit per customer per address. This product comes with a UK plug and therefore may not be suitable for use outside of the UK.'
  • chibber23 2 years ago

    @fredrikpj I tried a headset for the 1st time a few weeks ago. Completely uninterested until I did. Honestly, I thought it was mind-blowing - and that was just a cheap one. Now seriously thinking of buying this.
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    @OliCan the PVR work with two headsets in one game, plus controllers, or only a single one at a time?
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    I tested VR ages ago when it was low resolution, stand in some circle device thing, no 3d separation etc.. and it wasn't that great.. hoping this will be better :)
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    @PokkaiLol, I wish I had that much to splash on such luxuries, but alas no. Not high on my buy list at the mo, but still on it with a PS4.
  • Stan546 2 years ago

    @Oli Could you ask if the price includes camera and controllers? An if I already own a camera and controllers will I be able to buy a cheaper pack if they are included?
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    something beginning with W
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    anyone here tried any VR?
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    ah well... I spy with my little eye....
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    is that it??
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    @SpaceMonkey77 - Shares in Brighthouse just went up 300%
  • scottjamesholland 2 years ago

    @dogmanstarukI don't, I don't think any of my friends do either...
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Stop Press - Man arrested at GDC following 'hug' incident
  • pseudopod 2 years ago

    are there no livestreams from gdc this year or what?
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    True, once the pre-orders start for PVR, many of you working folk, could have it paid off by xmas, even in installments
  • WhiteUmbrella 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk yeah ... at the bottom of a million drawers
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    @Kables - tru dat, although they won't be £20 for much longer me thinks, CEX are thieving swines.
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Progguitarist - Oli's giving Keighley a hug - therefore no updates
  • mrcapela 2 years ago

    Get the gear in advance...
  • IcemanAFC 2 years ago

    I was almost tempted there for 10 mins. If there is a battle between PSVR and Nintendo NX this Xmas, I am afraid but I will have to go with NX
  • Progguitarist 2 years ago

    You gonna give us any more updates or what?
  • Kables 2 years ago

    @Pokkai no need for move controllers, you can use the DS4. Camera's are £20 or less in second hand shops.
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    Not sure there is any point selling the helmet for £350 when you can't use it without another £60 worth of gear along side it.
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    Its a gamble, but if there's no sign of MS Hololens, which is Aug M, not VR, it might well pay off.Could be the best xmas games showdown yet.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Oli Welsh haha
  • jetsetwillie 2 years ago

    @Vert1go 'a foll and his money' how many amiibo do you own by the way?
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    yes - it's an NX in the box
  • I_Am_CatButler 2 years ago

    An accessory that may be destined for little 1st party support vs a platform that may destined for very little 3rd party support... think I might hold off buying anything big this year.
  • alimokrane 2 years ago

    yes, processing box confirmed
  • Badoink 2 years ago

    did they confirmed the processing box?
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @jetsetwillie agreed. I'm one of those that buys everything for everything, wallet be damned ;)
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @vert1go they have a secret space station base to sell
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    That's it Oli downplay VR you EG Nintendo fanbois couldn't stand NX flopping, which we all know it will.
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Sony willing to take a loss. Hm. Do they have any more buildings to sell off or divisions left to close to keep afloat this time?
  • jetsetwillie 2 years ago

    @fredrikpj let's not turn VR in to a platform war just yet. can't just be excited for VR in all forms and not have to draw a line in the sand
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Oli Welsh, give Keighley a hug from us!
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Yep. New tech like £6 of cardboard and lenses, plus a few quid for TrinusVR/Tridef.Fools and their money.
  • -TheDarkSide- 2 years ago

    Already got the camera....Oh, yeah.. I'm smug.
  • AdamNovice 2 years ago

    There big studios like Naughty Dog won't be making VR games but London studio and the new one will be.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    And that is the war to be won!
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Sony is awesome though, honestly, with that price, they're turning VR one step further to the mainstream market
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Add on the camera and Move to the cost.
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    SW hasn't been out long and has sold 12m or so. A big PS4 winner. If 12m pick a PVR, that's a lot more Sony win.
  • Pwnsweet 2 years ago

    @Oli, it'll be no contest.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @dogmanstaruk but I want to grab the melons with my VR controllers and have fun with them! :D
  • scottjamesholland 2 years ago

    The only upside to that price for an ADD-ON is that you won't have to upgrade the hardware to use it.Still far too much though for what will be a niche product for a good few years, if not, forever.
  • G-Lord 2 years ago

    @Malek86: Everyone loves Star Wars, right? ;)
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    Why is it always Star Wars that gets used to show off a new add-on platform?
  • wobbly_Bob 2 years ago

    @dogmanstarukJust ignore the twat, just like everybody else is. Don't feed the trolls. It makes them happy :)
  • Kables 2 years ago

    @fredrikpj did you miss the part about the updated media player ;)
  • -TheDarkSide- 2 years ago

    SOLD!
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    what's going to be massive ;-)
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    That's bound to get many hungry, VR SW. 50 games is good to start. All sweet but we are still a few weeks from E3. And oh man, another tough xmas for Nintendo.
  • ibenam 2 years ago

    £350 is a lot of money for "Version 1"I think I'll save my money and wait for the Version 2 of VR before deciding on the platform I go for.
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    nice stuff
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    I'll be honest, the porn part of VR on pc is going to be massive, don't say you're not interested in that or you're lying :)
  • korpen123 2 years ago

    So no eye tracking? Wasn't that expected to be included??
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    lol!
  • Pwnsweet 2 years ago

    PSVR - OctoberNintendo NX - NovemberRIP Nintendo
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Sony; famed throughout the decades for their long support of hardware and forma... Oh. Right.
  • Jonamok 2 years ago

    OMG. Did they just win VR?
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    Makes sense with Battlefront as it will work with the reprocetion tech for 60 to 120 fps.
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    WHAAAAAAAAAA - Battlefront in VR - sheeeeaaat
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    Ah one of the places ignore doesn't work. Shame.
  • frunk 2 years ago

    Star Wars Battlefront VR... well they just mopped up a LOT of users with that!
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    Sony won the console war. Now they are in for the kill in the VR war.
  • frunk 2 years ago

    That is a pretty good price. Low enough to bite into mass market... but high enough to actually work as well as we want it to.
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    Gotta say, if I had a PS4, I'd get a PVR too.Gonna be a busy xmas.
  • ozthegweat 2 years ago

    "Entertainment content"Sooo... porn?
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    hmm.. 700 euros now for Oculus.. 400 euros for this in October... doable!
  • wobbly_Bob 2 years ago

    Good price! I'll be pre-ordering! Also really liked "Cinematic mode: you can play standard PS4 games or enjoy Netflix on a virtual big screen at three different zoom levels."
  • Kables 2 years ago

    VR porn confirmed.
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Seriously - I've got the cash here - take it!
  • davidtran 2 years ago

    Checkmate
  • frunk 2 years ago

    Phhht... Amazon has not got it for pre-order, yet! How SLOW are they!?!?!?
  • vert1go 2 years ago

    £350 for the capabilities a £6 cardboard headset and PC with trinusvr/tridef can give you. Ouch.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    44k yen.. my very sexy 1/6 statue I ordered from amiami costs almost 15k yen in comparison.. erm.. :)
  • Shwing 2 years ago

    Take my money Sony....
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    Not a bad price, but it'll drop soon enough. Watch out for deals etc. No NX for some people this xmas then.
  • G-Lord 2 years ago

    here it is, now it's back to waiting for my CV1 ;)
  • joesploggs 2 years ago

    First half of 2016 my arse
  • havocstars 2 years ago

    Day one for me
  • Lunatic4ever 2 years ago

    399! I'm in boys!!!
  • Yautja_Warrior 2 years ago

    £349 I was right :)
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    October :(
  • Gamist2dot0 2 years ago

    Welp, time to preorder!
  • frunk 2 years ago

    399 Euro/399USD
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    $399 confirmed!No surprises then. A bit too expensive for me, but I'll keep my eye on it.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    That.. is a great price!
  • jayquanphifer 2 years ago

    399
  • Stan546 2 years ago

    Oh shit! £350 this October!
  • masteralucard84 2 years ago

    399
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    £349
  • joesploggs 2 years ago

    October!!! £349
  • frunk 2 years ago

    October £349
  • wobbly_Bob 2 years ago

    Gotta have headphones for this or it's not complete immersion.
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    Doesn't look like they are bundling a lot of stuff, that should help keep the price down (cough, Rift)
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Eurogamer rocks though, regardless
  • SpaceMonkey77 2 years ago

    Lawnmower Man 2, coming soon to PVR.
  • Gamist2dot0 2 years ago

    Thanks, clairesmart
  • AndreasGoransson 2 years ago

    Exciting!
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Eurogamer, take note! Periscope please :)
  • frunk 2 years ago

    18ms latency - pretty impressive considering what we kinda got used to
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Geoff, you da man!
  • Lunatic4ever 2 years ago

    please give us a clean 399?. I sense asking for more would be crazy at this point.
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    live stream here for PSVR https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpJkaVqoQMKj
  • Stan546 2 years ago

    https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpJkaVqoQMKj
  • frunk 2 years ago

    Yay for Periscope!Nice one Geoff!
  • Kables 2 years ago

    Wow thank you Geoff Keighly (never thought I'd say that)
  • frunk 2 years ago

    "Many of those demos will be among PSVR's launch titles. Some were just designed to show the potential of VR""For PSVR games specifically, the dev community has benefited by getting feedback directly from gamers. Today we have more than 230 developers building content for PSVR.""Regardless of the dev size, there's a common thread. A wide-eyed enthusaism for a new medium that requires new thinking and new ideas."... etc- Road to VR has someone who is VERY fast at typing :)
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Uncle_Leo here's hoping :)
  • G-Lord 2 years ago

    @Oli: Thanks for reporting, mainly here for the price :p
  • Honkadoodledoo 2 years ago

    and a cheeseburger for free @ Shadders
  • DSporacht 2 years ago

    Geoff Keighly's periscoping it: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpJkaVqoQMKj
  • Shadders 2 years ago

    I predict August launch $249 with a game, probably Driveclub.
  • daymouse 2 years ago

    @clairesmart Thanks!
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @Uncle_Leo signed! thanks for the link :)
  • Yautja_Warrior 2 years ago

    I'm going £349. Would love a June release but think it might be a bit later now, maybe September.
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    The political correctness brigate would have a field day if DOAx3 gets release in the west, we wouldn't want to offend anyone.
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    LIVE here https://t.co/5StZp0suod
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    @daymouse no live stream
  • masteralucard84 2 years ago

    i know but they're not going to demo it if you can't buy it in the storesimporting is niche
  • daymouse 2 years ago

    Take it there's no live video stream?
  • korpen123 2 years ago

    Will Tobii be inside??
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    but you can import doax3 with english Subs
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    @masteralucard84 we need to gather forces and nag about a western release! :)
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    If it's 299 euros, I'll order that one too on top of either Vive or Oculus (which to choose hmm..)
  • pseudopod 2 years ago

    Under 500 usd and I am getting this... If there are good games for it.
  • frunk 2 years ago

    "Hopeful" prices!
  • masteralucard84 2 years ago

    dogmanstaruk doax3 is not even getting released in the west
  • frunk 2 years ago

    Release July
  • frunk 2 years ago

    I am betting in the UK:Just PlaystationVR Headset 299Bundle: Camera & 2 Moves 399Bundle: with PS4 included 649
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    I would say around June for release date.
  • captain_Carl 2 years ago

    guess
  • captain_Carl 2 years ago

    Yup September is my guess too
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    @Oli Welsh i love the blue LED's on the PSVR
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    Looks at all the successful console addons from the past Mega CD, 32X, Jaguar CD, etc. Absolutely nothing can go wrong with PS VR here.
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    I'm gonna be bold and predict that... we won't get a price today.
  • Badoink 2 years ago

    And the price is 299 euros!**Plus 799 euro for the processor unit.
  • DSporacht 2 years ago

    Former Sony dev on twitter: "Pretty confident that the #PSVR event at 2pm PST is going to be really good news. ;)"
  • busta.rhymes 2 years ago

    ok now how about release date? what you people predict?
  • Journliast_VRN 2 years ago

    maybe they will give you PSVR Free, I think that's the only reason 'closed door'
  • jayquanphifer 2 years ago

    @michaelbach sadly that was the same thing I was thinking
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Dark Souls 3 VR?
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    Could be they are going to hold back the price. That way Oculus and HTC cant adjust theirs. Not that they are in direct competition. But a low price for the PSVR will impact both PC and console VR.
  • Journliast_VRN 2 years ago

    you should know that sony sold their hmd, like TMZ serise around $1000
  • wobbly_Bob 2 years ago

    It's got to be under £399 for me or no deal. Even £399 is eye watering on something that might not even take off.
  • masteralucard84 2 years ago

    it's 499 guys
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    will see very soon on the price I'm hoping they will talk about No man's sky VR support.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    my bet is 499 euros
  • busta.rhymes 2 years ago

    No for real im saying 399? Bundle Price with Move controllers Cam and a Demo disk
  • -TheDarkSide- 2 years ago

    Whatever it costs, I'll give 'em 20 quid for it...That's why they call me Terry Tibbs.
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    It's ok, the master race neckbeards will keep VR afloat with Rift and Vive until the price comes down.
  • busta.rhymes 2 years ago

    Thats the hartz 4 oculus rift 99? psvr ftw
  • Honkadoodledoo 2 years ago

    my bet 299? starter pack :p
  • I_Am_CatButler 2 years ago

    I've come straight from a morning of back-to-back Rift demos. It was fine - until it wasn't.
    Sony reveal a bucket accessory with tracking LEDs so developers can project it into VR.
  • michaelbach 2 years ago

    No priceing until E3, I think they want to make a big splash with that and not behind closed doors.
  • captain_Carl 2 years ago

    @busta.rhymes good luck with that
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    @busta.rhymeskeep dreaming
  • DSporacht 2 years ago

    My bet is £350 and $/?400. Any more expensive than the system itself and there'll be backlash.
  • busta.rhymes 2 years ago

    Greetings from Germany hoping for 99? price tag
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    I'm staying at around £300.99 $400.99 ?400.99,
  • Pokkai 2 years ago

    For £399 that would have to be ready to go out of the box with a camera and Move included.
  • Gamist2dot0 2 years ago

    $499 I'll wait. $399 - time to preorder.
  • captain_Carl 2 years ago

    Going for £250. It's nice to dream.
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Uncle_Leo has the right prioritization!
  • missmolotov 2 years ago

    Short presentation is fine, as long as it has all the facts :D I don't think I could take the suspense of a long presentation! :)
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    i would say PSVR £300 then bundles can be easy to make up. E.gPSVR £300PS4 £2001 DS42 Move controllers 2 Games £80 but will be discounted as in bundle£500 for bundle
  • Kables 2 years ago

    Anything less than £500 and i'm in. The me of 30 years ago would be squealing in delight about now.
  • clairesmart 2 years ago

    i would say they price the PSVR around $300 as its a good price point for bundles.
  • alexatkin 2 years ago

    I too hope PSVR is affordable as for me both Vive and Oculus are too expensive for what will still be a huge compromise/transitional unit.It takes at least 4K to fill your peripheral vision on a 2D screen without the pixels being too obvious, so VR needs at least 8K before it will look remotely seamless. We are some years away from that.
  • iamthelloyd 2 years ago

    Paraphrasing Sony's wording from a few weeks ago... The words 'console' & 'launch' would imply £349.99. With a kid on a way i could just about afford this. Anything less is a bonus.
  • korpen123 2 years ago

    Will it have eye-tracking?
  • harzo 2 years ago

    I have a Rift ordered but really want PSVR to be cheap and succeed so that VR as a whole gains traction.
  • Fudce 2 years ago

    I'd bite at £300
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Still deciding wether to get Vive or Oculus, only going to be sitting in a chair or sofa, not moving around..
  • missmolotov 2 years ago

    I hope whatever it is the dollar price doesn't mean the price in pounds, ie: $299 becomes £299. Dying to know the price! I hope they surprise us, in a good way :)
  • visionary 2 years ago

    Under £300, I'll preorder playstation VR.
  • Rens11 2 years ago

    hopefully we get a price. My bets on £299
  • fredrikpj 2 years ago

    Exciting times! :)
  • KopparbergDave 2 years ago

    I see a £250 to £300 hedseat only option as very likely. Remember Rift is £600 but that includes a cmaera/sensor for tracking, an Xbox One controller, a couple of free games and the Rift has twin screens rather than a single panel like PSVR. So £300 or less headset only is very believable. Also I can;t see them selling it for more than a PS4 is nowadays, which is around £270.
  • I_Am_CatButler 2 years ago

    In the bright new VR future the live stream will give us all a front row view, we'll be able to witness gaming history unfold mere feet away......or in this case read about it on a fancy virtual screen hovering mere feet away. It's going to be glorious.
  • Fudce 2 years ago

    Can we put headphones over our eyes and pretend we're watching virtually?
  • joesploggs 2 years ago

    I am ready... so ready that I booted up the laptop after trying to post this on my phone 4 times. Anyway - first half of 2016 Sony? Go on... you said you would.
  • OllieNator 2 years ago

    @Malek86 I think you might be right with $299 for a basic PSVR pack
  • kiki1980 2 years ago

    399? could be the good price i think
  • DakeyrasUK 2 years ago

    Saw the link and thought "goody, been a little while since I watched a live stream of gaming news"... balls!
  • OllieNator 2 years ago

    I would love them to announce PSVR for $699 to gasps from the crowd; then say the pack will contain the headset, camera, Move controller and PS4 - mike drop moment
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    If they manage somehow to make it $299, I might even bite.
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    I think we will see the PSVR unit under $399. And a bundle with the camera,2x motion controllers, PSVR and a game for $400-$499.
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    I don't recall if they streamed when showing the PSVR back in 2014 at GDC. But they did upload it after. If anyone want watch it again here it is :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWMp_o03qH4
  • BlackFlower 2 years ago

    @Malek86I think we will get a price and date. Everyone is waiting for it, and now is a good time to make a move.
  • paulogy 2 years ago

    A couple thoughts about the press-only nature:1. If the price/release news is neutral or negative, might be wise they're not having another "599 US Dollars" moment.2. Maybe more outlets will cover the news (for instance via liveblogs like this) given there's no official stream?
  • kiki1980 2 years ago

    I think they'll announce date and price at E3
  • Malek86 2 years ago

    If this is behind closed doors, I get the feeling we won't actually hear the price today. Maybe they'll announce it during GDC instead.
  • b_sobey 2 years ago

    So there's definitely nowhere to actually see this? Not on PS4 or PlayStation.com or something?
  • _LarZen_ 2 years ago

    Don't you think it's strange that it's behind "closed doors?". If they are going to show some new content and finally say the date and price wouldn't it be beneficial for Sony and PlayStation for fans around the world to see it?

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

19:21 By Tom Phillips

Welcome to our live reporting from tonight's PlayStation VR event in San Francisco! There's no livestream, but Oli is in the audience for us.

19:23 By Tom Phillips

GDC is primarily a developer event but we're still expecting the news we're all waiting for - and Sony still has E3 for a more public showing.

_LarZen_ says:

Don't you think it's strange that it's behind "closed doors?". If they are going to show some new content and finally say the date and price wouldn't it be beneficial for Sony and PlayStation for fans around the world to see it?

19:31 By Tom Phillips

Smart money would put the price at or around the same RRP as the PS4 itself - although Sony will want to aim as low as possible to avoid another "$599" moment.

20:02 By Tom Phillips

We're one hour away! (Although Sony press conferences have a time-honoured tradition of starting late).

20:07 By Tom Phillips

Games we're expecting see demoed today include Until Dawn's PlayStation VR follow-up Rush of Blood, and hopefully more of VR exclusives Rez Infinite and Psychonauts: In the Rhombus of Ruin.

20:08 By Tom Phillips

Ubisoft also has a trio of VR projects - aerial flying sim Eagle Flight, some kind of Assassin's Creed movie tie-in experience and today's just-announced multiplayer VR game Werewolves Within.

Fudce says:

Can we put headphones over our eyes and pretend we're watching virtually?

20:25 By Tom Phillips

20:32 By Oli Welsh

Hi everybody! I'm in!

20:33 By Oli Welsh

I say in. I'm sat outside on the roof of a mall next door to the Moscone conference hall. It's a typically crips sunny San Francisco day. We'll be filing in to the presentation in 10 minutes or so.

20:34 By Oli Welsh

I reckon this will be a fairly short presentation - I believe it'll come straight from PlayStation's boss of bosses, Andrew "big fish little fish cardboard box" House.

20:35 By Oli Welsh

I'm definitely expecting price and date, or at least a release window. All eyes will be on that price after the eye-watering cost of Rift and Vive - but can Sony really make their VR headsets any cheaper? The hardware's similar, and Sony are shipping an extra processor box too.

20:36 By Oli Welsh

Of course, a PS4 is a good deal cheaper than a VR-ready PC.

20:37 By Oli Welsh

I don't know if we'll see any new game announcements today, but I hope so. We've got hands-on demos after the presentation.

20:38 By Oli Welsh

Rez Infinite is a dead cert - Tetsuya Mizuguchi is just over there, looking cool in black today.

20:39 By Oli Welsh

The real question, you're me, is how much more time in virtual reality I can take. I've come straight from a morning of back-to-back Rift demos. It was fine - until it wasn't.

20:39 By Oli Welsh

Anyway I'm going to queue to get a good seat now. Wish me luck!

20:40 By Oli Welsh

We're betting on £399 here.

Kables says:

Anything less than £500 and i'm in. The me of 30 years ago would be squealing in delight about now.

20:40 By Oli Welsh

$499 dollars or Euros. There, I can't take it back now.

20:49 By Oli Welsh

I'm sat down. This is a pretty intimate gathering as these things go - maybe 300 press here.

20:50 By Oli Welsh

I can confirm that Sony are still keeping the manufacturers of intensely blue spotlights in business.

20:52 By Oli Welsh

I'm going.... September.

busta.rhymes says:

ok now how about release date? what you people predict?

20:54 By Oli Welsh

Today's mood music is acid jazz. GDC doesn't do dubstep. It's too chill.

20:56 By Oli Welsh

It's gone a bit more ambient now. The sort of music you'd expect to play in the reception of an LA oxygen bar, with 4K screens showing slow-motion video of porpoises.

20:57 By Oli Welsh

Here comes Andrew House!

20:57 By Oli Welsh

Awkward pause - his mic's not working.

20:58 By Oli Welsh

And we're back. Andy's bragging about PS4 sales.

20:59 By Oli Welsh

It's been a long road for virtual reality, he's saying. PSVR started in 2010 as individual passion projects for a few teams throughout the world.

20:59 By Oli Welsh

House says it reminds him now of the anticipation they all had when building the first PlayStation.

20:59 By Oli Welsh

"We've always used technology to push the boundaries"... oh god he mentioned the Emotion Engine, didn't he get the memo

21:00 By Oli Welsh

More emotions from VR: fear, exhilaration, curiosity, power and joy.

21:01 By Oli Welsh

Sony has more than 230 devs building content for PSVR.

21:01 By Oli Welsh

There's a common thread that connects them all, Andy says: a wide-eyed enthusiasm for a new medium. "VR is a big part of the future of games."

21:02 By Oli Welsh

It;s a game showreel. There's something caled VR Worlds which seems to be a demo compilation. Harmonix Music VR, is that new?

21:02 By Tom Phillips

21:03 By Oli Welsh

A few names I didn't recognise there, but nothing major.

21:05 By Oli Welsh

Andy showed a side of the final hardware - it looks very much like the prototype. Processor box confirmed. Bunch of other pack-ins, mostly cables and headphones and the like.

21:05 By Tom Phillips

DSporacht says:

Geoff Keighly's periscoping it: https://www.periscope.tv/w/1YpJkaVqoQMKj

21:06 By Oli Welsh

Andy's talking tech specs now, but as far as I can tell it's all the same as the specs of the prototype hardware.

21:07 By Oli Welsh

October. $399, 399 Euros, £349

21:07 By Oli Welsh

Round of applause for that. Way lower than I expected.

21:07 By Oli Welsh

44,980 Yen, as well.

21:08 By Oli Welsh

This is huge. A very aggressive move against the PC headsets.

21:08 By Oli Welsh

They've targeted October, House says, to ensure there are enough games and that they can manufacture enough hardware to meet demand.

21:09 By Oli Welsh

Cinematic mode: you can play standard PS4 games or enjoy Netflix on a virtual big screen at three different zoom levels.

21:09 By Oli Welsh

More details about "entertainment content" in the coming months.

21:09 By Tom Phillips

21:10 By Oli Welsh

There'll be a new media viewer app for VR photo and video support.

21:11 By Oli Welsh

The Playroom VR will also be a free download for all owners.

21:11 By Oli Welsh

Star Wars Battlefront

21:12 By Oli Welsh

There'll be a special version produced by EA, LucasArts and DICE exclusively for PSVR. Big.

21:12 By Oli Welsh

Also, Sony's tracking 50 PSVR games for release between October and the end of the year.

21:13 By Oli Welsh

Thanks, he says. I think we all thank him back, no?

21:15 By Oli Welsh

Very impressive. Sony's electronics production might - and perhaps, its willingness to take a loss on hardware - brings a pretty attractive price. They said it would be around the cost of a new console, and it turns out they meant it.

21:16 By Oli Welsh

As a lot of you are pointing out, this means a potential PSVR vs Nintendo NX clash at retail this Christmas.

21:16 By Oli Welsh

Lots of questions still. How much for a bundle with Move and a camera? And where are the massive first-party PlayStation games?

21:17 By Oli Welsh

Though bringing Battlefront in answers the AAA question to a great degree - and leaves Sony free to concentrate on the really important part, innovation.

21:18 By Oli Welsh

Sony's record with PlayStation add-ons and alternative platforms isn't great, though. And the mass market appetite for VR is completely untested.

21:21 By Oli Welsh

If I can do it without getting arrested, I will.

fredrikpj says:

@Oli Welsh, give Keighley a hug from us!

21:27 By Oli Welsh

Sorry, pulled away for a brief chat with the PR. Right, I'm going to go play some demos. Huge stuff from Sony tonight - a really big win. I'm interviewing Shu Yoshida tomorrow, so if you have any questions for him, ping me with an @Oli here, private message me on the site, or tweet me @oliwelsh.

21:27 By Oli Welsh

Peace!