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As a Rift owner I'm incredibly excited to see what they have, nothing like a bit of healthy competition. Just curious, everyone who is describing this and the Rift as very 'niche', have you spent any serious amount of time with the Rift? I've seen VR come and go before, but I think comparisons to 3D etc are missing the point somewhat. Even in it's current form most people I've shown the Rift to can see how mainstream VR devices could become. I'm not expecting them to replace a TV or monitor, but also I don't think they will simply be used by nerds in a bedroom. Apart from games, in terms of education or just entertainment / relaxation devices then I think the potential is vast and really will be a game changer in lots of ways. The current tech isn't perfect, but the release build of the Rift will be significantly better and they have already tackled a huge amount of issues in terms of motion sickness, scale, positional tracking etc in such a short time. As a Rift owner I'm so excited about what the future can and I believe will bring....be very interested to see how the Sony take on this compares.

I completely agree. I can't believe that anyone who has spent decent time with the rift can't see this. I love the potential for the rift as a relaxation device. I joked about setting ours up for exactly that purpose, adding in an over head heat lamp too. Just the job to work off those winter blues.

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VR aint just about games. its about all forms of entertainment. linear and non linear.

anyone that thinks its the same as 3D isn't doing it right.

he'd talking about porn...

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Early article release:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidthier/2014/03/18/sony-announces-virtual-reality-headset-for-ps4/

The VR wars are just getting started. Sony announced a virtual reality headset for the Playstation 4 at the Game Developer’s Conference today, joining the Oculus Rift as a high-profile headset promising to change the face of video games and electronics. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuehi Yoshida debuted the device at a session titled “Driving the Future of Innovation At Sony.”

This also marks one of the most important differences between Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft's MSFT +3.97% Xbox One. In a certain sense, the VR headset serves as an answer to Microsoft’s Kinect — a brand new peripheral that fundamentally changes the way we interact with games. Similarly, both technologies remain mostly unproven — while VR has gained massive traction in techie circles, we still don’t know how well it will support full game experiences or mass markets. The Kinect 2.0., similarly, has yet to prove itself a necessary purchase alongside the Xbox One.

If I had to pick which one of these technologies will get the world more excited, I would definitely go with VR. I’ve used the Oculus Rift on several occasions now and the experience really is mind-bending (sometimes uncomfortably so). It’s the perfect mix of old and new — it allows the user to experience old-style games from a different perspective, as well as entirely new experiences. People have been chasing this technology for decades, but one gets the feeling that the moment truly has arrived.

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Bit odd. Presumably they've got it ready to go live the second it's confirmed? Even then it's a bit odd as it's not really the sort of thing you'd think they'd be dying to be first to the post on.

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That doesn't read like a Forbes article at all. Me suspects a hackings.

Was it a contributor article? Forbes's site seems to be rotten with articles written by people with seemingly zero credentials or editorial oversight.

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The Zombi U multiplayer mode could work well here - one player shoots zombies on the TV as normal, and the other player is using the Wii U controller screen to watch the player run around and drop enemies via a birds-eye map of the level. It's already pretty stressful. With the added immersion of VR it could be terrifying.

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