Tokyo Game Show

Sony unveils PlayStation VR, releases new colours for PS4 controllers

Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset for the Playstation 4, the Playstation VR.
Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset for the Playstation 4, the Playstation VR.PHOTO: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT
Sony releases four new colours for the Playstation 4 controller.
Sony releases four new colours for the Playstation 4 controller.PHOTO: SONY COMPUTER ENTERTAINMENT

TOKYO - Sony's upcoming virtual reality headset for the PlayStation 4 (PS4), which is slated for launch next year, is getting a new name - PlayStation VR.

The new moniker, which sounds a little more dull than its former futuristic-sounding Project Morpheus code name, was announced at Sony's keynote address ahead of the Tokyo Game Show on Tuesday.

The closed-door conference was addressed to the Japanese media. The South-east Asia conference will be held on Wednesday (Sept 16).

At the address, Sony also announced a price drop for the PlayStation 4 console in the Japanese market.

Previously priced at 39,980 yen ($467), the two-year old machine, which has sold over 25 million units globally, will now be priced at 34,980 yen ($409).

Sony will also launch its PS4 controller in four new colours, including one with a transparent case, alongside nine new face plates for the console.

It is not yet known when or if the price drop and the new cosmetic additions will be available in other countries.

On the gaming front, game publisher Bandai Namco confirmed a March 24 Japanese release date for Dark Souls 3, the latest instalment in the notoriously difficult role-playing action game series.

Fighting game series King Of Fighters will also get a new sequel, King Of Fighters XIV, next year.

New downloadable content was also announced for Bloodborne, and the upcoming Assassin's Creed Syndicate.

Publisher Capcom also announced Biohazard: Umbrella Corps, a multi-player competitive shooter for PC and PlayStation 4. The series is known as Resident Evil outside Japan.

The press conference on Wednesday will see more announcements geared towards the South-east Asia market.

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