Sony readying virtual reality headset to battle with Oculus Rift

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Virtual reality is gaming's next battleground. Ask anyone who's tried the Oculus Rift and they'll tell you it's the mind-blowing future. Sony isn't going to let Oculus Rift waltz onto its gaming turf and dominate. The company's planning to fend off the rise of VR with its own immersive headset.

According to TechRadar's sources, Sony will reveal its own virtual reality headset at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco next month. The same sources claim the "quality and resolution are really, really good" and "people will definitely be impressed with what Sony's built." We don't doubt that. We just hope it's as good the Crystal Cove Oculus Rift prototype.

We've known for years that Sony was working on a VR headset. In recent years, Sony's only teased at its interest in head-mounted displays with its Personal 3D Viewers. In September, Eurogamer reported Sony was testing its VR headset for PS4 with the racing game DriveClub. TechRadar's report aligns with Eurogamer's claims that Sony would announce the VR headset in 2014.

Need more proof that Sony is definitely cooking some kind of VR headset? At CES, Sony showed off a prototype of its latest Personal 3D Viewer with head-tracking. Clearly Sony is working towards some kind of VR. But rushing into VR isn't Sony's plan. Nailing VR content requires building everything from scratch. TechRadar's source says "Sony has deliberately taken its time to tweak and polish the headset before revealing it".

The road to VR is already starting to get fierce. Aside from Oculus Rift, Valve is also working on its own VR headset for Steam, and other devices such as the Glyph will add VR-like features such as head-tracking.

But if there's any machine that's powerful enough to handle VR, it's Sony's beefy PS4, which is not only powerful, but developer-friendly. Are you guys excited for VR? Let us know in the comments below.

Via TechRadar

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