The Entire Kit Powering Sony’s PlayStation VR is Revealed

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We’ve learned (via Eurogamer) that the external unit powering Sony’s PlayStation VR has been fully revealed – for now at least.

The above image (via VRFocus) shows off the head-mounted display (which Sony has upgraded to a fully 120Hz enabled OLED panel, which Eurogamer speculates has the PS4 outputting at 1080p/120Hz as a native refresh), as well as the long cable that connects it to an external processing box, which is being readied to ship with all PlayStation VR units. The processing box measures 140x140x35mm, and it comes with a small power supply.

It’s worth reiterating this is a development kit, and the size/design/mechanics of the consumer version. While the PlayStation 4 is actually doing most of the heavy lifting for PlayStation VR-enabled games, the processing box provides the “social screen” functionality.

More on the social screen feature – it enables the user to display the gameplay from their PlayStation VR headset to an HDTV, so others can watch in real-time. Here’s a shot of the back of the external unit:

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  1. Mr0303
    December 27, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Not bad. The extra unit doesn’t look too big. The cable connecting the headset to the processing box seems rather short, but I guess this is for presentation purposes.

  2. Nagato
    December 27, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Curious to see what price this will release at, given statements of it being priced as if it were its own platform.

  3. daggot △
    daggot △
    December 27, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I also seem to remember an interview where Yoshida acknowledged they’d need to sell it at a loss and make money with software.

    Ah here it is its at the bottom


  4. Nagato
    December 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Sounds like bs to me: I simply can’t see current Sony being willing to do as much anymore, especially after not even taking an initial loss on their flagship gaming device this time around.

  5. scemar
    December 27, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Social unit for TV display and framerate upscaling are good ideas.

  6. OSad
    December 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    >The chip inside this unit is powerful enough that it needs cooling

    Uuuuhh, how much is this thing gonna cost?

  7. Lamanuwa
    December 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    SONY is one of one of the leading manufacturers of dedicated processing units. One of their strengths is to include these patented tech into their products at near zero cost.

    Did you know the PS4 has a co-processor for background activities that has its own (256MB) memory?

    Their products will often use this technique, to lessen the load on programmers and to reduce lag.

    The silicon costs cents per unit, but the patent is what costs the most.

  8. Sunny11
    December 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    You don’t know how business works do you, they want this to succeed but they know price is an issue so they’re trying to sell it the cheapest they can even without making profit off the hardware instead just do it on software only

  9. Sunny11
    December 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Doesn’t Xbox also have that co processor

  10. tccboss
    December 27, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    I just want to know the price of this thing already. This determines if I buy the headset or let sony keep it.

  11. PenguinPlayer
    December 28, 2015 at 8:02 am

    “…priced as if it were it’s own platform.”

    Plz no. No, Sony, no.

    All jokes aside, price really is the defining factor for me, since it will probably only get a wave of launch titles and then quietly abandoned, I won’t pay 300-400 bucks for something I will barely use.

  12. dsadsada
    December 28, 2015 at 8:16 am

    I thought they said before that they were going to sell the PS4 at a loss sometime after its reveal.

  13. Elenora Tazia
    Elenora Tazia
    December 28, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Okay, so it is almost as big as the Wii I guess. Hopefully it isn’t that expensive and VR games are as same price as the ps4 games.

  14. Nagato
    December 28, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Nah, both consoles had a BOM a bit under selling price back at launch already, with the PS4 being especially cleverly built in that the parts used would come down in price rather quickly (X1 slightly less so). I figure a single unit would cost them around 250 USD by now, if not less.

    I do recall Sony saying that they were able and willing to go lower if necessary, but then MS initially priced themselves out of the market by including Kinect in the box (and then went on to stupidly market themselves out of it as well). Such a damn shame…

  15. Lamanuwa
    December 28, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Not that I know of.