Rumor: Sony to reveal PlayStation 4 VR helmet in March

Sony's HMZ-T1 Personal 3D Viewer came out in 2012 and could be a clue as to what the PS4 VR helmet looks like.

There's a new rumor that Sony is preparing to announce a major new peripheral for the PlayStation 4 that could signal a new front in the console war. TechRadar claims, via an unnamed source, that Sony will reveal a virtual reality helmet for the console at the 2014 Game Developers Conference in San Francisco in mid-March.

In fact, the article says their insider has actually used a prototype of the VR helmet. The source is quoted as saying, "The quality and resolution are really, really good ... People will definitely be impressed with what Sony's built".

The story hints that Sony will concentrate more on showing the helmet itself for its first reveal at GDC and then announce and demo games that it supports at the E3 video game trade show in June. Today's story didn't mention a release date or price for the PS4 VR add-on.

This isn't the first time that Sony has been reported to be making a VR helmet for its PlayStation hardware. Back in 2011, Sony was publicly working with prototypes that the company admitted could be used for "virtual reality type experiences." Sony has also released head-mounted 3D displays that could be a precursor to a PS4 VR helmet.

Source: TechRadar | Image via Sony

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It's a gimmick, no one want to wear that and hit a wall or something. Besides developer wouldn't want to support that because it's an accesory. So PS4 won't need a TV screen anymore.

I can do what Sony fan have been doing critizing Kinect.

minster11 said,
It's a gimmick, no one want to wear that and hit a wall or something. Besides developer wouldn't want to support that because it's an accesory. So PS4 won't need a TV screen anymore.

I can do what Sony fan have been doing critizing Kinect.

You won't be running around with it, it'll be like most people with the Oculus Rift, where it takes over the camera, instead of moving a thumbstick to look around it will translate your head movements into camera movements. Other controls will be the same.

why not good? just because you like the Xbox One more than the PS4?

Any advancement is good, even if it's done by the competition.

TheCyberKnight said,
XBOX One to trail the PS4 even more. Not good.

So you think Microsoft has not been working on these kind of things for their own console?

While this is cool I would prefer a VR solution that is *standardised* and compatible with PC, Xbox and PlayStation (and Wii U although that isn't gonna happen!).

Also while I am a PlayStation fan I can't help but think that Microsoft would do a better job than Sony. I am not a huge fan of Kinect but there is no doubt it kicks the PSEye solution from Sony.

ditoax said,

Also while I am a PlayStation fan I can't help but think that Microsoft would do a better job than Sony. I am not a huge fan of Kinect but there is no doubt it kicks the PSEye solution from Sony.

I don't see why you would think that. Sony is about audio and visual where Microsoft is about bits and bytes. Microsoft has just gotten into the entertainment & hardware business, where Sony has been in it for years with their movies, tv's, devices, etc... The fact that this VR helmet is about to be released to market ahead of the Illumiroom, tells ya how focused Sony Computers are with their R&D.

I wouldn't judge against Sony just because of the PS Eye. I think all the motion sensing devices created by Microsoft and Sony came about because of the enormous success of the Nintendo Wii and Sony just wanted a "me too" product. I think given the time, resources, will , and without the rush Sony could make a very good motion detecting device as well.

I prefer the IllumiRoom concept (spelling?) for the XBox. Never been a fan of glasses (even though I wear one, contacts irritate my eyes) or head gear (not like Stan's sister on South Park). Plus the IllumiRoom concept seems better suited for multi player games when the players are int he same room. Nice to see competition driving innovation though.

jamdown said,
I prefer the IllumiRoom concept (spelling?) for the XBox. Never been a fan of glasses (even though I wear one, contacts irritate my eyes) or head gear (not like Stan's sister on South Park). Plus the IllumiRoom concept seems better suited for multi player games when the players are int he same room. Nice to see competition driving innovation though.

Yeah, but with the Illumiroom, you're gonna see your furniture in the background and other things which takes away a lot of the virtual realism in the gaming action. When one plays a first person shooter, I don't want my "couch" involved in the action. I don't think Illumiroom won't help a gamer be more immersed into the action so much.

You have watched the "concept" of IllumiRoom ?
you can see everything wider then your own TV

But this was shot down, as to create it, cost over $1000 ( cant remember where I saw this ) , but im happy to Pay

jamdown said,
I prefer the IllumiRoom concept (spelling?) for the XBox. Never been a fan of glasses (even though I wear one, contacts irritate my eyes) or head gear (not like Stan's sister on South Park). Plus the IllumiRoom concept seems better suited for multi player games when the players are int he same room. Nice to see competition driving innovation though.

Illumiroom isn't going to give you this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INDKNA7kXoo

EvilAstroboy said,

I really don't want to look like a spaz thanks


In that case, you should really buy some new clothes and get a hair cut.

Asmodai said,
It will be VERY interesting to see how this compares to the Oculus Rift.

They should have actually made sure the Oculus Rift was compatible instead of creating a new device. I mean, they would save TONS in R&D that they could spend on just creating the software needed to support it.

gonchuki said,

They should have actually made sure the Oculus Rift was compatible instead of creating a new device. I mean, they would save TONS in R&D that they could spend on just creating the software needed to support it.

Oculus doesn't want to support consoles. They feel their platform is moving too fast to be tied in to a console generation. In other words whatever Sony releases for the PS4 is likely to be fixed for the life of the console, there won't be a PS4 VR version 2 and 3 and 4 in the next few years. On the other hand when the Oculus Rift comes out there is a good chance that the Rift 2 will come out a year or two later and another a year or two after that. For that reason Oculus is targeting more fluid platforms like smartphones and PCs.

Is there any way this will cost less than $200 or be adopted widely? I don't think so.. Just like the camera, it will be purchased by less than 5% of PS4 owners and not developed for.

Drewidian said,
Is there any way this will cost less than $200 or be adopted widely? I don't think so.. Just like the camera, it will be purchased by less than 5% of PS4 owners and not developed for.

If the price is right and the quality is there it could still be a decent solution for having a big ass screen without an actual big ass screen... handy when, say, your wife wants to watch something on the TV.

All that, of course, at the cost of looking really stupid. But who cares, right?

ichi said,

If the price is right and the quality is there it could still be a decent solution for having a big ass screen without an actual big ass screen... handy when, say, your wife wants to watch something on the TV.

All that, of course, at the cost of looking really stupid. But who cares, right?


I already look really stupid and my gf and I only have one TV in the house so if buying this means I can play my PS4 in the living room while she watches the Real Housewives of Who the Heck Cares then I'm in!

Showan said,
That looks pretty cool...

But it doesn't look comfortable after some hours later...

The image shown is the first version, Sony is already a few iterations further. The current version is quite a bit more compact and according to reviews more comfortable.