E3 2016: PlayStation VR headset out in October; Resident Evil and Star Wars VR games to follow

Shawn Layden, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Worldwide Studios, speaks during The Sony PlayStation E3 press conference at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Shawn Layden, Chairman of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) Worldwide Studios, speaks during The Sony PlayStation E3 press conference at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.PHOTO: AFP

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Sony Interactive Entertainment on Tuesday (June 14) said its keenly awaited PlayStation virtual reality headset will hit the market on Oct 13 at a price of US$399 (S$540).

The arrival of PlayStation VR will come later than expected, to provide time to get games ready and to build up an ample supply of headsets for launch, according to Sony.

At a PlayStation press event on the eve of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, Sony Interactive Entertainment worldwide studios chairman Shawn Layden proclaimed a "seminal moment" in virtual reality.

Mr Layden promised more than 50 games for PlayStation VR will be available within months after the launch, among them zombie-shooter Resident Evil, one based on the iconic Star Wars franchise and another on the comic book dark knight Batman.

"Our mission is to make PlayStation the best place to play for gamers," Sony Interactive Entertainment president Andrew House said during the press event.