Oh joy of joys, the arrival of consumer-grade virtual reality headsets finally has an official date: 2016.

Gamesradar wrote that Sony announced its intention to sell its Project Morpheus VR headsets from “the first half of 2016” at the Game Developers Conference yesterday, fanning the flames of passion inside VR fanboys everywhere. This one, certainly.

PlayStation South Africa has also revealed that the headset will be making its way to South African shores around the same time.

As you may know, the headset has been designed to work with PlayStation 4 games, immersing players into three-dimensional game worlds.

Sony made the announcement alongside the unveiling of the latest version of the headset, which Gamesradar wrote is “damn close to the final version you’ll actually be able to buy”.

More importantly, Sony also released the headset’s tech specs, and they’re quite heartening. Each headset will ship with a 5.7-inch 1080p OLED display that has a refresh rate of 120Hz – 60Hz for each eyes, w00t! – it will allow people to wear glasses while it’s strapped to their noggins, and offers a very generous 100-degree field of view.

You can even move the visor in order to talk to someone without taking the whole thing off. How considerate!

Sony will be showing off a bunch of VR demos at GDC today, apparently, which I am very sad to be missing since I’m not there right now. Previous full-game demos have included Thief and EVE: Valkyrie, and updated ones have been promised for today.

The electronics giant hasn’t said anything about a projected price or the final name of the headset, though.

I don’t really care what they call it or how much it costs, I’m just happy I have a date to look forward to, and will be watching with interest to see how other players in the VR space – Valve with their SteamVR Vive headset and Oculus, Inc. with the Oculus Rift – respond.

[Source – Gamesradar, Image – Sony]

 

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.